Man arrested for ‘covering mosque with pig’s blood and swastikas’ after Brussels bombings
The Spanish national, aged 29, allegedly confessed to the vandalism after being caught on security cameras in Madrid.
It is believed that several people witnessed the attack on the Parla Attauba mosque in the Spanish capital, which came just eight days after the Brussels bombings.
Neo-nazis paraded through the streets as they marched on Madrid’s main mosque The Omar on Tuesday, lighting flares and smoke bombs.
Protestors carried banners reading “Today Brussels, Tomorrow Madrid?” in a protest against mass migration.
A police spokesman later confirmed that 14 people have been arrested in connection with the march.
It’s believed the 14 people, including one minor, belong to the neo-nazi group Hogar Social Madrid.
Government Delegate in Madrid, Concepcion Dancausa, has congratulated national police on their "diligence" in making the arrests.
She said: "These types of xenophobic attacks taint and disturb the social harmony in a community such as ours where citizens from over 170 different countries, with different religions and creeds living together.
"This type of behaviour should be censored by everybody who defends our liberties and nipped in the bud by police and the justice system."
Hogar Social Madrid was founded in 2014, and since then they have occupied various abandoned buildings which they use as their headquarters.
Some of their activities included collecting and giving out food "just for Spanish people" and organising protests and speeches to promote far right beliefs.
The most recent attack comes after other mosques have been targeted in the city as the authorities revealed hate crimes against Muslims in Spain are on the rise.
According to The Islamic Federation, Muslims were the victims of 534 hate crimes last year compared to just 48 incidents in 2014.