WHILE the Royal Family led festivities on Spanish national day with a military parade, left wing politicians around the country were publicly slamming it as a ‘celebration of genocide’.
A growing section of Spanish society is now questioning whether they should indeed be celebrating Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the New World with a national holiday.
Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias predictably caused headlines when he rejected King Felipe’s invite to the Royal reception in Madrid on October 12.
While Barcelona’s socialist mayor Ada Colau tweeted: “I am ashamed of the state for celebrating genocide and, on top of that, with a military parade that cost €800,000!”
— Ada Colau (@AdaColau) October 12, 2015
Hundreds of citizens took to Twitter to vent their disapproval too through the hashtag ‘#nadaquecelebrar’ (nothing to celebrate).
The mayor of Cádiz also criticised the 3,500-strong military parade, complete with aeroplanes emitting red and yellow smoke.
“We never discovered America, we massacred and submitted a continent to our culture in the name of God. Nothing to celebrate,” he tweeted.
Podemos’ leader in Andalucia, Teresa Rodriguez had her say on the social network, stating: “I think a national holiday should mark one’s own liberation and not the slavery of another.”
Yo creo que la fiesta nacional debería recordar la liberación propia y no la esclavitud de otro. Modestamente. pic.twitter.com/brGafT2BVN
— Teresa Rodríguez (@TeresaRodr_) October 12, 2015