Xenophobic Christmas abuse in Spain: "Go back to your f—country"

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Madrid – A woman racially insulted and threatened a worker at a shop saying, “go back to your f—country”, in a video that has become viral after it was shared on Monday, Dec. 24, by immigration support platform Es Racismo.

In a tone as unmistakable as her ignorance of Spanish law, she mentioned former French President Nicolas Sarkozy to say that, as in France, “just like they are issued, passports and IDs can also be withdrawn.”

The aggressor assumed the assistant was not Spanish by the color of his skin but, when the victim replied he was Spanish, she asserted that he would need to have “a Spanish mother and father in order to be Spanish. That is the legal order in this country, learn about it,” she fantasised.

In Spain, it is not necessary to have Spanish parents to have Spanish nationality as this can be obtained by proving residence for 10 years in a legal and continuous manner, among other possibilities.

The worker — who stood behind the camera and could not be seen in the images — managed to record a video that has been seen online by more than 10,000 people.

Podemos’ candidate for mayor of Madrid, Íñigo Errejón, echoed the complaint claiming the woman does not represent the Spanish capital or its citizens.

“Madrid is a city that is proud of its openness, this person does not represent my country either: Spain is a solidary and modern country, not an inch of advantage should be given to those who want to take us back to black and white,” Errejón said when he shared the organisation’s tweet.

However, Es Racismo replied: “This is representative.”

“As migrants and racially abused people who live in Madrid and the rest of the country, we tell you: this is representative. Instead of denying the daily life of racism that violates us and kills us, you should recognise it as a starting point to fight it.”

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