I was not going to write about this but I think it is necessary to point out some things that foreign bloggers have not taken into acount. They have all insisted a lot about how moron is Mr. Zapatero or about his distateful (even hateful) views of USA because he did not look straight to US flag.
Publius Pundit, one of the best group blogs, does not mention the loud protests the public made to Zapatero. He writes:
He really, really, really hates the U.S. He hates it with a loathing that would challenge Hugo Chavez. He kicked the U.S. out of the Columbus Day parade in Spain a few years ago and invited in Cuba instead. Columbus Day – which in Spain is National Day – is a big deal there. Then in another incident, Zapatero pointedly refused to stand for the passage of the U.S. flag at a parade. “Why should I stand? It’s not my flag,” he petulantly whined.
This is true, of course. BUT the post does not mention in a single line about the behaviour of the people there.
The same happens with one of my preferred bloggers, Gateway Pundit, who also just do not look at the obvious reaction of the people who were there supporting Spanish troops.
Well, for that we have El Monclovita [link in Spanish]:
One of the most shocking things who were created as a result of the kill-the-freedom policy of Spanish President Zapateo is the very laughable sport of “Booing the President”. The tradition begun last year in the Army Forces Parade and this year the thing could not be less. When Zapatero’s car approached, the Spanish Public TV worked hard to conceal the loud reprimand to the president by accident. They did not show Zapatero where US flag was passing or when the people was booing him. The anchorman even had to end the program saying that this is “a proof of democracy in Spain“.
For example, Intelestual, el último patriota, writes in his blog, ironically:
Shouts of “Out, out”, Zapatero, dimission” or “Zapatero, go with your grandfather” were heard from the main stands and the street in Colon Sq., nothing compared to what we could live in case that “Zetamongus Imperator” [that is, Zapatero] were in the Parade. A little bit farther from Colon, thousands of fascists from Popular Party [that is how Socialists call supporters of center-right party , even if you do not believe it] were concentrated praising the parade and insulting the legitimate representatives of the Spanish and of the Islamic terrorists.
Ajopringue also jokes about the coverage made by MSM. El Mundo titled their report: “Zapatero booed in the beginning of the National Day Parade“. So the booes were much more important: they even are the title of report!
Yesterday, in the program about the military parade of October 12th, anyone could appreciate a new example of the Socialist manipulative art. While a part of the public was booing the President, the camercamen were filming the King. Also when the soldiers carrying the US flag were passing in front of the Presidencial stand, no one could see a capture in which appeared Zapatero and US flag. Other TV channels have offered them, though. Antena3 even showed that images from the past in which Zapatero was sitting when US flag was passing in front of him.
You can also read Yahoo, El Confidencial Digital, Abc.es, Terra, El Semanal Digital, El Diario Exterior, La Opinión de Murcia, Periodista Digital, and Libertad Digital. Note that in the TV images the sound was coming from all sites, while the majority of the news network tells that the booes were from a “minority”, “reduced groups”, etc.
Other cause of distress is the new Army Corps, which is going to be directed by Zapatero, when is Spain, being a Monarchy, all of the Army is under the (moral) commandment of the King -I say moral because the King can’t command it really, he cannot send them to war or something-. But people was not booing this new batallion (named Batallón ZP = Zapatero’s batallion)
Also the people jokes about the fact that there were no chairs in the stand where Zapatero was.
And now for some photos, taken from Libertad Digital:
Spanish Air Army soldiers
Spanish Mountain Army
Spanish Army Legion and the “Goat”: the affable note of the parade (yeah, I know, this Spanish are so ….. . Well, no, the Goat is very praised and we all love this moment ;) )
Perhaps this flag, symbol of freedom, was hard to look with his fascistoids eyes. (yes, this was written by a Spanish blogger )
There were also representatives of another countries:
US and German soldiers
Pues eso, que en principio no iba a escribir una crónica sobre el Desfile de la FIesta Nacional, Pero viendo que los bloggers internacionales han incidido todos en la bandera americana -que tiene importancia desde luego- y ninguno mencionó ni de paso a los abucheos, he escrito este post.
Ya subiré las fotos que pudimos hacer, aunque no os hagais muchas ilusiones ;)