The young socialists of Torrevieja have demanded answers from Torrevieja town hall, as to why the participants of the summer parade through the city were allowed to shout homophobic and hateful chants as they moved through the streets.
The secretary General, Carlos Sánchez, has asked the local government team to explain what happened as having a parade formed mostly of children and their parents expressing such hateful attitudes is both contrary to the laws regarding hate crimes, and creates a poor image of the city of Torrevieja which is trying to make its way into being a more diverse place.
According to Sánchez, “the use of homophobic language to children instils an image of normalcy in the use of such taunts and attacks”.
The socialists are demanding that the Partido Popular councillor responsible for allowing the parade ensures that this can never happen again, especially during events paid for by the residents of the town, many of whom are homosexual and therefore funded the hateful behaviour.
Sánchez said in a statement that “our city has always been shown as an open and welcoming city”, although there was the obvious exception in 2010 when the former mayor, Pedro Hernández Mateo, now a convicted criminal, upset one of Spain´s most popular singers, Miguel Bosé, by using a description of the singer, which the IU group at the time described as “a disgusting act of homophobia”.
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