Latin America

Spanish far-right dives into Mexican politics

Opposition to President López Obrador rattled the political landscape by co-signing a letter warning of “communist advance” with Spanish right-wing splinter Vox

The leader of the far-right Vox party, Santiago Abascal, arrives at the rally held in the Plaza de San Jorge in Caceres. E By Esteban Martinena Guerrer
Santiago Abascal, leader of far-right party Vox, arrives at a rally held in the Plaza de San Jorge, Caceres, Spain. Photo: Esteban Martinena Guerrero/Shutterstock

Recent meetings between Spanish far-right leader Santiago Abascal and members of Mexico’s mainstream opposition have upended politics in Latin America’s second-largest country. Last week, Mr. Abascal, the leader of the nationalistic right-wing Vox party, co-signed an unusually strong-worded letter with members of Mexico’s second and third-largest political groups: the National Action Party (PAN) and the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

“The communist advance is a serious threat to the prosperity and development of our nations, as well as for the rights and freedoms of our compatriots,” read the document, entitled the Carta de Madrid, or Madrid Letter.

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