AN atheist Easter procession has been banned and its organisers taken to court to ‘protect the image’ of Semana Santa.
Madrid’s local government has come up with 11 reasons to prevent the event that was planned for Maundy Thursday in the capital.
And it has launched legal proceedings against the group Ateos en Lucha insisting it is ‘ridiculing religion’ and ‘glorifying terrorism’.
The move comes after 10 citizens filed complaints against the non-believers march that was planned to take place alongside various Catholic processions on the same day.
The State Association of Christian Lawyers launched the prosecution insiting it ‘coincides with Catholic processions which have been known for years’.
Madrid’s government then banned the march, declaring: “It is necessary to protect the tourist image of the city of Madrid”.
Organisers insisted however, that the procession neither took place at the same time or the same place as various religious events.
“Madrid has just agreed with the arguments presented by the most fundamentalist part of the Catholic Church,” a spokesman said.