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Spain's Watergate affair: Rajoy's campaign against the Opposition

Spain is in the midst of a political scandal. With a dirt campaign, the Ex wanted to-the government, the Opposition damage - also due to the spread of Fake News.

The policy of Spain is shattered by a scandal, The conservative government under Ex-Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had started in the past few years, a smear campaign to bring political opponents into disrepute - paid for with tax money. It's now known, have the ministries spread this Fake News, and some Newspapers have played in it. A goal of the government: Left-wing parties should come to no way Power.

"sewers of the Ministry of the interior,"

Spanish media use for political campaigns, an expression to show how dirty and immoral, they were: "sewers of the Ministry of interior". The Madrid political scientist Pablo Simón speaks even from the perhaps the most important political scandal in Spain and compares it with the "Watergate affair" in the 1970s in the United States.

As in "Watergate" it, here it is the abuse of power by a government - specifically, the conservative government under Prime Minister Rajoy, which was between end of 2011 and mid-2018 term of office. The interior Ministry and several media launched a joint campaign: they brought Fake News in the circulation, especially in order to damage the left party Podemos. That came now in a Committee of the Spanish Parliament.

the aim of the campaign: Podemos damage

"The interior Ministry is a direct connection between Podemos and the Ex-government of Venezuela wanted to restore under Hugo Chavez, especially in questions of financing. Because some of the leading Podemos members were formerly working as a consultant for Chavez," said political scientist Simón. The goal had not been to damage the Reputation of Podemos, so that the party comes to the government.

An emissary of the Spanish Ministry of the interior is said to have offered to a Venezuelan Ex-Minister of the protection. In turn, this should say, Hugo Chavez have paid seven million euros to Podemos. Played a crucial role in the campaigns apparently corrupt officials of the Spanish police.

published by Online newspaper "El Confidencial" has a recording of a secret meeting in New York between former government representatives from Venezuela and Spanish police officials. A Commissioner should have said: "If you don't help us, that Podemos is coming... Damn it, that would be the Best for all of us!"

The head of Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, speaks of the incredible operations. "In Spain can take a group of police officials independently on a plane and Ex-Ministers of another country's money, and a false identity promise. It is not understood."

Iglesias' party Podemos should be harmed in the run-up to the elections specifically.

scandal shortly before the parliamentary election

asserts that The current socialist government of Spain that there is no "sewers" in the ministries. All key positions had been replaced after taking office last summer. The government has said nobody has been to the scandal.

a Good three weeks before the Spanish parliamentary election, the conservative party, the PP would have been waived on such messages. However, even if the Whole thing should have the level of "Watergate affair" - a political scientist Simón believes that it is damaging to the Conservatives is significant. "There is a large Electorate that vehemently against Podemos." To see these developments as not really bad, but as something that had to be made. "It is very hard to say, but for the conservative voters shift in Spain this is not a scandal," said Simón.

The judicial review has begun and the public Prosecutor's office was clear: you don't see any evidence that money is flowing from Venezuela to the party Podemos.

Spain Watergate: Ex-government went with a smear campaign against the Opposition
Oliver Neuroth, ARD Madrid
05.04.2019 14:16 PM

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