Basque Protest Group Interrupts Mass and Vandalises Churches

Country: Spain

Date of incident: January 21, 2024


Members of "Defentsa Komunitatea", a youth section of the Basque independence and nationalist movement, interrupted a mass throwing leaflets and fake money. During the last weeks some churches in Azpeitia and Beasain, as well as churches in Lasao, Arroa and Aizarna, have also been vandalized by members of that same group.

Seven people with their faces hidden behind white masks, dressed in white hoodies, entered the Good Shepard Church in San Sebastián on January 21, while the congregation celebrated mass. They  threw fake euro bills at those they passed, positioned themselves in front of the alter and displayed a banner accusing the church of being greedy (“diruzale”) and speculators (“espekulatzaile”). 

Futher churches in Azpeitia and Beasain, as well as churches in Lasao, Arroa and Aizarna, have had graffiti on them with the same message of "Defentsa Komunitatea" as well as padlocks on doors and silicone on locks.  

The protest and vandalism come after the evicition of members of "Defentsa Komunitatea" from church property. They were found squatting in a building attached to the church in the town of Elizondo. The bishop of the Diocese of Gipuzkoa filed a complatin against the membes of the assmebly having them evicted. This is why the group also demanded the suspension of the judicial process in their protest. 

Sources: El Diario VascoHispanidad, Abogados Cristianos, La Gaceta

Image: Hispanidad