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A victim of ETA is fighting for the unity of Spain

The radical right-wing party, Vox may be new, its leader, Santiago Abascal (52) is not noviet in politics. More than eighteen years he has for the conservative centrumpartij Partido Popular worked.

Abascal comes from a political family in the Basque country. His father was an important regional politician for the Partido Popular and one of the main detractors of the Basque terrorist group ETA …

Abascal comes from a political family in the Basque country. His father was an important regional politician for the Partido Popular and one of the main detractors of the Basque terrorist group ETA. The conservative newspaper El Mundo wrote about his father as the politician who never by ETA silenced could be made. ‘Only he, his family and a small group of like-minded people knew what it really meant to be the ideological flag of the freedom and of the unity of Spain to wear in the areas where ETA was present.’

The family was for many years permanent police protection, because they have different times by ETA commandos were threatened, wrote El Mundo. The store of the Abascals in Ayala was even set on fire. The newspaper is called the father of Santiago Abascal, a symbol of the victims of terrorism.

A man with a mission

Santiago saw himself as a heroic man with a mission. He ran regulated reinforced around for not only himself, his family, but also the conservative values of his country to defend.

Santiago herself made a career in the PP. His style matched that of the then prime minister José María Aznar, which is polarized to the voters to attract. His opponents claim that he is an extensive network and through clientelism his power expanded. When prime minister Rajoy made a clean sweep in the party and a lot of redundant organizations opdoekte, broke Santiago with the party. The release of several ETA terrorists, was the drop that made the cup did overflow. In a letter to the then chairman of the party, Mariano Rajoy, he, in 2013, his resignation from the party.

A year later he founded Vox, his father is one of the first members of the new party.

Marine Le Pen

Vox pulls in full the unionist card, and is opposed to what they ‘dominant leftist discourse in the media calls it. “We defend without complexes the unity of Spain, a major reform of the structure of our country, our national identity, our family, and the control of illegal immigration,” he says in an interview.

In 2017, he meets Marine Le Pen, figurehead of the – as yet – the Front National in Perpignan. In an interview he says that he is moving closer to her had sought because her ideas are the only possible in Europe.

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