UPROAR IN LOS ALCAZARES
Staff Reporter / 2010-05-05 12:31:37
The political meeting held at Los Alcazares last Monday afternoon ended in uproar, according to the spokesperson for the United Left, Trinidad Espinosa. The PP Party had presented a motion to transfer the Social Services Offices to another location. At present the offices are located on the first floor of the Day Centre for the Third Age, in Los Narejos, near all the other council buildings. The Mayor, Encarna Gil, who is a member of the Socialist Party, turned down the petition, due to the undemocratic reasons for the idea.
The PP say that the old people are bothered by the high numbers of immigrants who walk through the day centre. However, when questioned, the users of the day centre completely denied the complaint, and said they didn’t want to be accused of being xenophobic.
The Mayoress said that the Town Hall would continue to support the immigrants, who were in a difficult enough situation at the moment, far from their families, country and traditions, and were generally the most badly affected by the crisis.
The PP said the complaint had stemmed from the fact that there had been a lot of robberies lately. When the PP councillor Anastasio Bastida said, “All the immigrants aren’t criminals but the majority of the criminals are immigrants,” he was met by shouts and heckling. The Mayoress said she would not tolerate that kind of talk in the plenary sessions. The councillor Mª Carmen Imbernón reminded all those present that the centre is a municipal centre , and not just a centre for the elderly, and it will soon house a room for computers and internet use.
She asked for respect towards the immigrants, “because now that there is an economical crisis we blame all the robberies on them, but during the boom period we don’t remember all the hard work they do, especially looking after our elderly.”
Tags: Partido Popular, Los Alcazares