Anti-immigration demonstration in the Canary Islands fails as only a few hundred people gather

Anti-immigration demonstration in the Canary Islands fails as only a few hundred people gather
Anti-immigration demonstration in the Canary Islands fails as only a few hundred people gather

Only a few hundred people took to the streets this Saturday in the main Canary Islands cities in the xenophobic demonstration against immigration in the archipelago.


Demonstration in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. / ARTHUR JIMENEZ

The call for the demonstration has been surrounded by controversy during the week, after a group of 40 lawyers and 60 social organizations asked for its suspension, considering that it could incur a “hate crime” by “inciting hostility and discrimination”a measure that was rejected by the Prosecutor’s Office.

In Santa Cruz de Tenerife, one of the visible heads of the demonstration has been the far-right influencer Rudy Ruymánwho in statements to the media has indicated that in “the towns and neighborhoods of the Canary Islands many injustices are occurring” and has affirmed that “criminals must be sent back to their country” because the islands “cannot receive more people who arrive in drug-trafficking boats.”



The demonstration began in front of the Government subdelegation in Tenerife, where they read a manifesto in which they requested “the strengthening border securityemploy advanced technology to detect suspicious vessels, establish agreements with countries of origin for the imminent repatriation of illegal immigrants or the creation of rapid detention centres.”

And they have continued through the streets of the capital of Chicharrera, where they have carried signs and shouted the typical proclamations xenophobic slogans such as “Canaries first”, “stop drug trafficking boats” or “we are not racists, we are realists”, until they reached the Plaza de la Candelaria, where they remained until the end of the protest.

They have also been uttered Shouts against the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchezand have called for his arrest.

In the capital of Gran Canaria, the spokesperson for the Federation of Neighborhood Associations of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Iván González, Continuing with the far-right discourse, he has claimed that equity has been broken and many of the needs of the Canaries are not being met.

More than 5,000 migrants have died trying to reach Spain by sea during the first five months of the year, the vast majority of them on the Canary Islands route, which equates to 33 deaths per day, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported in June. NGO Walking Borders. AGENCIES


 
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