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Fascist photos spark investigation of Spanish youth party

Aug. 21, 2013 at 8:32 AM

MADRID, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Spain's ruling Popular Party said it has opened an investigation into its youth wing after several members were photographed saluting Nazi-style.

The party issued a statement saying a committee will be formed to study offenses of youth wing members on a case-by-case basis and decide appropriate punishment, The Local.se reported Wednesday.

The youth wing, called the New Generations of the People's Party, has been involved in a number of recent scandals.

The photograph of several members performing Nazi-style salutes and posing with fascist flags went viral last week after a youth wing president in Valencia posted it on his Facebook page.

Last month the youth wing secretary for sports was photographed with a group of football supporters performing fascist salutes and holding a Spanish flag adorned with Nazi symbols.

An online daily published a photo of the youth wing's secretary general in Gandia performing a fascist salute in front of a Franco monument.

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