On March 10, several women entered a Catholic chapel at Spain’s Complutense University in Madrid and stripped themselves nude or to their underwear while casting insults at the majoritarian Catholic Church. The group posted images of their feat at a website. The group of leftists, who call themselves Contra-poder, when they faced legal action however immediately removed the images from their website.
The scenes of the chapel’s profanation of the chapel are now found throughout the Web. A number of candidates to serve as Rector of the famed university have demanded that academic authorities take action against any students involved in the event. One of the candidates, Jesus Sanchez, said that “The Rectorate should respond to the accusation, which it so far has not done. Then the prosecutor and the police should investigate the crime, its authors, accomplices and all those involved.”
Luis Perdices, another candidate, said that the profanation angered him. “We try to transmit some values, but not these. They seem like images from another age. These are people of little intelligence who did not stop and think about the consequences of this act.”
It was on March 10 that a group of women entered the chapel at the Somasaguas campus at the Complutense University while a priest and several female students were at prayer. The female protesters circled the altar and stripped to the waist, having painted their bodies with feminist slogans. There they shouted leftist and feminist jargon and proclaimed that they were lesbians. Some of the women’s bodies were painted with the words ‘bisexual’, ‘whore’, and ‘down with clitoris power.’ The group recorded the profanation with video and still cameras and then posted them to a website. The protesters also painted slogans on the chapel such as ‘You’ll burn like you did in 1936’ – a clear reference to the destruction of Spanish churches at the onset of the destructive Civil War.
While is was believed that ‘Contrapoder’ was involved, along with a group of gay activists, both have distanced themselves from the March 10 protest. Nonetheless, Contrapoder did declare its solidarity with the protesters’ message criticizing what it called the “macho and homophobic postures defended by the Church.”