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

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

The worker — who stood behind the camera to protect his identity — said in an interview with Antena 3 TV that the incident erupted after the woman walked into the shop to repair her mobile phone using expletives against Filipinos, due to the treatment she received in another mobile shop managed by one.

The victim’s colleague, who is a Filipino, replied to her claims saying that not all Filipinos were like that. At this point, the worker said, “she became hysterical” and started throwing vitriol at him.

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy to say that, as in France, “just like they are issued, passports and IDs can also be withdrawn.”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 victim said: “I know that lady, she is a neighbour. I’ve seen her a couple of times.”

The aggressor assumed the victim was not Spanish by his facial features — he is of Chinese origin — but, when the victim replied he was, 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 obtain the nationality. This can be obtained by proving residence in the country for 10 years in a legal and continuous manner, among other possibilities.

The footage has been widely seen online.

Bravo Murillo — a colourful quarter in the north of the Spanish capital where both shops are located — is home for South American, Moroccan and Filipino immigrants and an increasingly ageing local community. They have historically lived in peace.

Left-wing party 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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