Madrid City Council has allowed a campsite that will recreate the historic -and bloody- Tercios of Flanders.

Maastricht 1579

Can you imagine Germany celebrating the invasion of Poland with an historical recreation festival?
Can you imagine any political party in Germany celebrating their political results with a toss to it?

Of course not, because in 21st century democracies you do not praise genocides!

Only authoritarian states anchored in the 17th century are capable of such an absurd and disgusting festival! Guess which one in the European Union came up with such a “bright” idea? Indeed, “jolly old Spain” did!

1st comment: this is NOT in the name of Catalans, who were suffering the same sort of atrocities from the Tercios in the 17th century, which led to the Rippers’ War between Catalonia and Castile and eventually to a war between the kings of Spain and France. After that war, Catalonia lost its territory above the Pyrenees, which became a part of France. This is what we call today Northern Catalonia.

2nd comment: this is one of the main reasons why so many Catalans want independence of Spain. The mentality and values of the power classes in Madrid and Catalonia seem to belong to different time and space dimensions.

Read the English translation of the article below explaining this nonsense: The Madrid City Council has allowed a campsite in the city that will recreate the historic -and bloody- Tercios of Flanders next January 31st.

The Tercios were military infantry units, which since the 16th century represented the military power of the Spanish empire in the heart of Europe. But this was not an army as we understand it today, but an international grouping made up of volunteer soldiers and paid professionals.

Philip II sent the Tercios to Flanders to occupy the territory and subjected it to stricter political and religious control. In the 16th century, during this occupation, several towns were attacked. The events, known as the Spanish Fury, included rape, robbery and large-scale murder, and were of unusual severity even for the time.

The call called for the occupation of the Plaza de la Villa, next to the old town hall building, to establish a camp there with people dressed in period costumes, as in the 16th and 17th centuries.

What will the campsite look like?

Throughout the 31st – coinciding with the anniversary of the great Spanish victory in Gembloux, in 1578 – the characters will be dressed as soldiers and the enlistment of volunteers in the Tercios will be recreated.

In addition, parallel activities have been programmed such as the simulation of the forging of a sword and a “flag rally”, which in addition to Madrid will also take place in other places such as Valencia, Granada, Valladolid, Cartagena, Vigo and Olivaste (Seville).

The bloodiest episode in the history of Flanders

For four days, between 4 and 7 November 1576, Hispanic soldiers were the protagonists of the bloodiest episode in the history of Flanders. The Hispanic army of Philip II shattered the city of Antwerp. A tragedy that Belgium has not forgotten.

To the indiscriminate looting and systematic burning, was added the persecution and murder of the unarmed civilian population. As Marc Pons quotes in the Ephemeris section of this journal, the historiographic sources of the time speak of thousands of fatalities stabbed, shot, impaled, decapitated and charred. And contemporary sources estimate a balance of 10,000 fatalities. That would be 10% of the total population.

Thousands of defenceless people executed in an orgy of blood that Hispanic mythology would make sacred with the expression “Spanish Fury”. An explosion of brutality that would contribute to feed the “black legend” that, in 1576, already pursued the system of Hispanic domination.

Vox’s apology

The extreme right-wing party Vox celebrated the results of the 10N election – in which it won 52 seats in Congress, positioning it as the third largest force – with a toast from the Tercios of Flanders.

Santiago Abascal, Ortega Smith, Iván Espinosa de los Monteros and the rest of the party celebrated the result by toasting the Spanish soldiers with a glass of wine. In this toast, Ortega Smith recited an excerpt from the poem by Diego Hernando de Acuña, captain of the Tercios of Flanders, before the attentive eyes of those present, who did not hesitate for a second to join to the final verses.

This poem talks about patriotism and the punishment of the traitor of Spain, values that are defended by the extreme right-wing formation. In fact, this celebration is already becoming a custom among party members. In December 2018, during a meeting with the militants, a video went viral with Ortega Smith toasting with the same tune.

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