The group of United We Can in the City Council of Santa Cruz de Tenerife has criticized this Tuesday that the PP uses public money for a campaign “to activate the conservative electorate”, in reference to the placement of Spanish flags on lampposts in the city with occasion of the party on October 12 claiming the Spanishness.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife wakes up with banners exalting “Hispanic people” paid by its City Council
The spokesman for United We Can in the consistory, Ramón Trujillo, has indicated that the municipal campaign to exalt Hispanic Day in Santa Cruz “should be paid for by the PP and not by the City Council”, since in his opinion it has been promoted ” by a councilor” of said formation, alluding to Guillermo Díaz Guerra.
“The objective of such a campaign is to generate an identity debate that seeks to activate the conservative electorate. It is about the use of public resources for an electoral campaign, in the medium term, of the pepera right that, simply, should be paid for by the PP and not by the City Council”, insists Ramón Trujillo.
In his opinion, in the 21st century it makes no sense to exalt a Spanish identity that evokes the conquest of America and colonialism.
“It is about the rancid Spanishness that King Felipe VI exhibited in the recent inauguration of the president of Colombia when he did not stand up to the passing of Bolívar’s sword, which symbolizes the end of Spanish colonialism for the American republics,” he adds.
The municipal spokesperson for United We Can considers that in the 21st century collective identities should be built “on the rights that we collectively guarantee ourselves and not on past colonial glories.”
After all, continues the UP spokesman, “the Spanish conquerors did something quite similar to what NATO did in Libya in the 21st century in America in the 16th century. Nothing that can be integrated into an identity to be proud of.”
Díaz Guerra, who is the city’s first deputy mayor, He acknowledged this Sunday that he did not consult his “nationalist partners” (in reference to the Canarian Coalition, with whom he governs in Santa Cruz de Tenerife together with the fugitive councilor Evelyn Alonso, formerly of Ciudadanos), but added that “he knows that, like us, they are proud to be Canarians and Spaniards,” he wrote in response to information published by the Canary Islands Now this Saturday. The first deputy mayor accompanied this message with the label #proudofwhat unites us.
It was in 1987 when the law was approved that establishes October 12 as a holiday throughout the country to commemorate “a period of linguistic and cultural projection [de la nación] beyond the European limits. No reference is made in the standard to the concept of “Hispanicity”. “The commemoration of the National Holiday, a common practice in today’s world, is intended to solemnly remember moments of collective history that are part of the common historical, cultural and social heritage, assumed as such by the vast majority of citizens,” he says. the law.
CC defines itself as a nationalist party, an organization that pursues “the consolidation of the Canarian Nation through democratic means, as well as the recognition and defense of its identity as a sovereign people.” Its current leader, Fernando Clavijo, senator for the autonomous community and former president of the regional government, said in 2009 that he was in favor of the Canary Islands being a free state associated with Spain. In addition, this party has claimed the independence flag of the seven green stars.
The highest representatives of CC and PP in the City Council of Santa Cruz de Tenerife have also expressed, on several occasions, their opposition to the catalog of Francoist vestiges in the city, approved by the Technical Commission of Historical Memory and where almost 80 symbols are detailed exaltation of the dictatorship that still continues in the capital of Tenerife and have not been demolished, such as the Monument to the Fallen (1947) and the Monument to Franco (1966). Bermúdez, along with the first deputy mayor, Guillermo Díaz (PP), voted against the catalog. He considers that the city is “stigmatized” and that there should be one for the rest of the municipalities of the Canary Islands.