SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Feb. 18 (EUROPA PRESS) –
Ramón Trujillo, spokesperson for United We Can in the City Council of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, demands that the mayor, José Manuel Bermúdez, dismiss councilor Evelyn Alonso at the head of the Local Police for having “publicly and falsely” blamed the fostered African minors in the municipality of fights in the surroundings of the Plaza de España.
Trujillo points out in a note that it is a “miserable” attitude to stigmatize a group of unaccompanied minors by falsely linking them to acts of violence.
“It is not acceptable, in a democratic society, that the person in charge of security of the municipality stigmatizes those minors who have risked their lives embarking on small boats to be able to aspire to live in decent conditions,” explains the mayor.
The UP spokesman affirms that, “in any civilized society, if someone singles out and stigmatizes minors, distinguishable by the color of their skin, it is understood that an act of racism is taking place and racism and xenophobia should have no place in any municipal government of Santa Cruz”.
From United We Can point out that a spokesman for the Local Police has stated that young Africans have an “absolutely peaceful” behavior and have not carried out violent acts of any kind.
However, Alonso blamed young Senegalese and North Africans as co-participants in the brawl that occurred last Saturday and asked the central government for more control over these minors, arguing that it does the same with the parents of troublesome local minors, that is, the councilor insisted on describing African minors as “conflictive”, thus substantiating “the racism” of his approach.
For this reason, United We Can demand that the mayor “not put himself in profile” and “immediately” dismiss Alonso.