Editor of ‘El Jueves’ news satire magazine attacked on her doorstep after neo-Nazi dig

el-juevesGroup editor of the satirical weekly news magazine El Jueves – Spain’s answer to Charlie Hebdo – Mayte Quílez has reported being beaten up in the street by an unknown man in a hood the morning after the front page featured a parody of neo-Nazis.

She said a man with his head and face covered approached her in the doorway of her house in Barcelona and, without a word, punched her in the face before fleeing the area.

Sra Quílez said she reported the matter immediately to the Mossos d’Esquadra, Catalunya’s answer to the Guardia Civil.

The cartoon was a poke at the rise in the far-right in Europe and a recent viral case of a black woman raising her fist to a group of 300 neo-Nazis protesting about foreigners.

It shows a crowd of skinheads carrying a huge red flag with a swastika, roaring inarticulate noises under the giant heading, ‘Swarm of Nazis’.

In the background, a little boy is asking his mother, “why haven’t those gentlemen got any hair? Have they got cancer?” and his mum answering, “if only.”

At the top, a suited man is saying, “long live the Nazi far-right!” whilst a cartoon figure of acting president Mariano Rajoy says, “they make us financial far-right seem less dangerous!”

With this week’s cover picture of the magazine, whose name translates as ‘The Thursday’, was posted on its Twitter account, the comment beneath read: “If you’re a Nazi and you’re offended by this, we couldn’t care less. Remember Stalingrad.”

Sra Quílez says after this, the El Jueves team has received numerous threats on Twitter and Facebook as a result.

The magazine features comic-strip versions of the news and satirical stories involving public personalities omnipresent in current affairs, usually poking fun at the right-wing and the government.

In terms of controversy, it does not tend to go as near the knuckle as Charlie Hebdo, but is normally taken with good humour even by the ‘real’ people who feature in it.

An example of its wit is when tens of thousands of Spaniards called a ‘surround the Congress’ demonstration to protest over unemployment, funding cuts, corruption and high taxes, and El Jueves included a ‘free gift’ of a ‘cut-out-and-keep Congress for you to surround’.

The trademark title slogan reads, “El Jueves, la revista que sale los miércoles,” or “’The Thursday’, the magazine which comes out every Wednesday.”

Published Think Spain 12 May 2016

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