The alleged violation of workers’ rights and the clash between Díaz Ayuso and Pedro Sánchez

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A police scandal involving a legend of Spanish pop music and the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, the president of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and even the history of the Spanish conquest. Ayer, Nacho Canothe famous singer and creator of the band Mecano and music and theatre producer, was arrested on charges of “facilitating illegal immigration and crimes against workers’ rights.”

Although the artist was released a few hours later, the judicial process has just begun and, as he himself stated in a press conference, the whole matter has to do with his friendship with Díaz Ayuso and the need for the government to divert attention from the investigation into Begoña Gómez, Sánchez’s wife. “They have already gone after her boyfriend, her father… This is to settle the charges against the wife of the President of the Government. If they are going for me, they are going for Ayuso, attention must be diverted from the investigation into Begoña Gómez. This is for supporting Ayuso, they have already gone for her entire family, I was the only one left. If they find me dead in the ditch, you already know who it was,” Cano said, after accusing the police forces of following “an orchestrated maneuver” and of wanting to “coerce” the 17 alleged students who are part of the artistic cast of Melinchethe show that the musician has been producing in Madrid since 2023.

The prosecution’s accusation that led to the arrest of Cano and one of his collaborators arose from an investigation in which they discovered that those 17 people who arrived from Guadalajara, Mexico, had been denied study permits since last May, according to police sources.

An image from Malinche, the musical by Nacho CanoEuropa Press News – Europa Press

“All the files had the same documentation and all were resolved at the end of May, denying the study permit and thus forcing them to leave the country,” explained sources of the investigation. According to Cano, the young people are “interns with a work experience contract,” while the court argues that when the group arrived in Spain last December, on six different flights from Guadalajara, they did so “with precise instructions on what they had to bring and say at the border.” However, as stated in the official documentation, they were unable to convince those responsible for the government delegation in Madrid that they had any training related to the work they were going to do in Spain and for that reason they were denied a study permit in May and were ordered to leave the country as soon as possible. Despite this, “and without knowing it,” according to police sources, they continued working in the show: “They were being deceived,” they say. “They have no contract. The government delegation has denied them a study permit because they do not have any training. They had exclusivity with the musical to train and replace the actors,” the same sources explain.

The show in question, Malinchewhich tells the story of one of the female slaves given to the Spanish in the 16th century, was originally released in September 2022 and had a second season in 2023, by which time it had reached more than 350,000 viewers. Although he received some favorable reviews, he was also accused of “whitewashing” Spanish colonization in Mexico and of historical inaccuracies. “I have stayed with the part that interests me, which is the celebration, the fusion and the love. The artist takes a historical moment and makes a proposal. My proposal is that there are more things that unite us than separate us. The fusion of Mexico is what is important,” Cano responded in an interview with EL PAÍS in 2023.

Nacho Cano, yesterday, with his lawyers and part of the team of artists that are part of the cast of Malinche, during the press conferenceEuropa Press News – Europa Press

The truth is that the police investigation began in January, when one of the young Mexican dancers went to the police station to make a complaint. The girl, who Cano and his team described yesterday as “problematic”, went to the police station on more than one occasion to report the situation they were experiencing. “She provided information, messages, itineraries, identifications…”, say police sources. And the subsequent investigations led the agents to check their situation in Spain. Thus they discovered that they were staying in a hostel in the centre of the capital without being aware of their irregular situation in Spain. They shared rooms four by four, they were only paid a 10 euro menu a day always in the same restaurant, and they had to pay for both breakfast and dinner, despite the fact that they were given a 20 euro allowance at the weekend and were paid 300 euros a month, which later rose to 500. They worked, rehearsing, from 9.30 to 19.30 from Monday to Saturday, and even on some Sundays they also had to go to some events. And, if they wanted to earn more money, they had to work as waiters at the Canalla bar, which is located after the performance of Malinche. These were his conditions, according to the police report.

Some dancers, who accompanied Nacho Cano at the press conference yesterday, claimed to have been “coerced” by the police, who had pushed them to report “harassment”, “touching”, and all kinds of abusive behaviour by the police officers who took their statements and whom Cano, on more than one occasion, called “criminals”, compared Spain to Venezuela and even argued that their arrest was a way of covering up the proceedings being carried out by a Madrid court against President Sánchez’s wife. “The 16 dancers were informed of their rights as victims, they all came as victims and were not aware of their irregular situation. They were being deceived,” insist sources from the investigation.

The musician, producer and stage director of the show that narrates the birth of mestizaje and the conquest of Mexico through the love story between the indigenous Malinche and the conqueror Hernán Cortés Juan Barbosa – Europa Press – Juan Barbosa – Europa Press

The former Mecano member acknowledged that the students came to participate in the musical “doing practices, which is something that the law allows.” A few weeks ago, the police showed up at the stage where the performance takes place. Malinche He went to the hospital with a labor inspector and asked for documentation and questioned all the Mexican workers. “We are not talking about bringing workers because they are not working, they are doing internships, but many of them are on stage,” explained Cano, who also explained that the program has been running since last year. According to his version, the Casa de México contacted him offering him three scholarships to MalincheThe producer said that, since he had planned to premiere the version of the show in the Aztec country the following year, he decided to increase the number of beneficiaries to 19 people, of whom 17 ended up traveling to Spain.

For the investigators, these are workers who do not have a valid contract. The musician and his team maintain that the 17 artists who allegedly performed in the musical in an irregular manner are scholarship students from Mexico who came to Spain for a training stay of less than a year. “We went to do a casting “and we selected some of them so they would have the opportunity to succeed. From the beginning, they were told that they would come to Spain to train and then act in the musical when it premiered in Mexico,” Cano said.

According to the lawyer for the production of Malinchethe young people “do not need a visa to enter Spain and for the first 60 days a stay for studies was requested in a timely manner. This documentation included the registration of an approved study center and a medical certificate. All this documentation is waiting for the Government delegation to resolve and we all know that these resources are overwhelmed,” the lawyer explained. Cano insists that the fact that these Mexican immigrants have been on the scene of Malinche does not break any law: “They are not working, they are doing internships. And a lot of them are on stage. I am not measuring the hours that people put in their talent to succeed,” he responded to the question of whether the young people are presented as members of the musical cast. “They have their hours set, their teachers can attest to whether this is exploitation,” the musician defended himself.

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