Insulted dancers sue Spanish state

30th January 2008, Comments 0 comments

A pair of Argentine dancers are suing the Spanish state after they were refused entry into the country.

30 January 2008

MADRID - A pair of Argentine dancers are suing the Spanish state for EUR 320,000 in compensation after they were refused entry into the country and allegedly insulted by police at Barcelona Airport.

The incident occurred in November last year when Walter and María Silva, dancers with the ballet of Córdoba, Argentina's second-largest city, arrived in Barcelona to attend a friend's wedding. For undisclosed reasons, they were refused entry into the country, had their passports retained and were held for 48 hours before being flown back to Argentina. During questioning by four police officers, they were allegedly called "sudacas," a racist Spanish term for people from South America.

The demand for compensation has been presented to a court in Córdoba.

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Subject: Spanish news

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