A Catalan authorities official who purportedly in contrast the elimination of pro-secession symbols from public buildings in Spain to Holocaust diarist Anne Frank was met with sharp criticism by many who referred to as it “shameful.”

Elsa Artadi, the spokesperson for the federal government in Catalonia, sparked widespread criticism earlier this week when she posted on Monday a photograph of Frank alongside a web page from her well-known diary.

“‘We aren’t allowed to have our personal opinion. Folks need us to maintain our mouth shut, however this doesn’t cease you having your individual opinion. Everybody ought to be allowed to say what they assume.’ A really applicable quote from Anne Frank for as we speak, which marks the 69th anniversary of her dying in Bergen-Belsen,” Artadi wrote within the tweet, which additionally included a yellow ribbon in solidarity with Catalan separatists on trial for insurrection.

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Earlier this week, Spain’s electoral fee ordered the yellow ribbons and separatists “estelada” flags faraway from official buildings, claiming they’re partisan symbols that shouldn’t be utilized by regional authorities forward of the final and European elections in April and Could.

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The tweet – which had a factual error as Frank died 74 years in the past in February or March 1945 – was shortly panned, together with from Israeli diplomats and former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.

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“Nothing, nothing might be in contrast with the Holocaust to advertise a political trigger. This comparability is shameful!” responded Assaf Moran, the deputy chief of mission on the Israeli embassy in Madrid.

Valls, who’s working for the mayor in Barcelona in Could’s elections, referred to as Artadi’s tweet a “shame.”

“A shame and an absence of historic data. Spain is a democracy. How can or not it’s in comparison with the Holocaust? Sufficient of all this nonsense!”

One other Twitter person wrote: “What you’ve gotten mentioned can solely be described as an aberration and an insult to the victims of Nazism. How dare you attempt to examine your self with hundreds of thousands of exterminated folks? Unheard.”

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Catalan separatists declared independence from Spain unilaterally in Oct. 2017 however obtained no worldwide recognition.

The 12 Catalan separatists are charged with sedition and different alleged crimes. Their trial is anticipated to final months.

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Artadi has not commented nor apologized for the tweet, nonetheless, did observe up with a second message about freedom and democracy, whereas commenting on the choice by the electoral fee.

“With out freedom of expression there isn’t a democracy and that with out democracy there isn’t a freedom of expression. I don’t know which of the 2 issues annoys me extra.”

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