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Madrid politician under fire for Holocaust joke
Guillermo Zapata deletes Twitter account after tweet sparks storm; political partner demands explanation and his resignation.
A new Madrid city councillor has been slammed for a four-year-old tweet in which he made a joke about the extermination of the Jews during the Holocaust.

 

 

Guillermo Zapata , a member of the Ahora Madrid party, tweeted in 2011: "How do you get five million Jews in a (Seat) 600? In the ashtray."

 

According to The Spanish Report website, Zapata was tipped to receive the capital’s culture portfolio. The Spanish media reported that Zapata apologized for the tweet, denying that he was anti-Semitic, and conceding that politicians should know better.

 

He said, according to the reports, that he had "always liked black, cruel humor."

 

"I find the Holocaust to be deplorable and terrible," Zapata said in his apology on Twitter. "I am absolutely not an anti-Semite, on the contrary, I have always been interested in Jewish culture and have always been against the criminalization of the Jews."

 

Guillermo Zapata, top left,  with fellow Ahora Madrid councilors, in the city on May 25, 2015, a day after their election win. (Photo: AFP)
Guillermo Zapata, top left, with fellow Ahora Madrid councilors, in the city on May 25, 2015, a day after their election win. (Photo: AFP)

 

The Socialist Party, which struck a deal with Ahora Madrid to take power of the city municipality after decades of conservative control, demanded an immediate explanation from the mayor’s office, El Mundo said.

 

"The city of Madrid cannot tolerate any racist attitudes and should have a zero tolerance approach to xenophobia," said Socialist Party spokesman Antonio Miguel Carmona. He also demanded Zapata’s resignation.

 

Zapata deleted his old Twitter account @casiopeaexpres almost as soon as the old tweet resurfaced, and opened a new one with the similar handle of @casiopeaexpres_. 

 


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