Mayor bans immigrants from town hall dinner
14 August 2006, MADRID — A town hall major was under fire on Monday from anti-racist groups after banning foreign nationals from a civic dinner.
14 August 2006
MADRID — A town hall major was under fire on Monday from anti-racist groups after banning foreign nationals from a civic dinner.
Maria Teresa Font, mayor of the small town of Zaidin, in Huesca province, only admitted "people born in Spain" to the civic dinner at the end of the town's fiesta.
Font, a member of the Aragonese Party (AP), claimed there would not be enough room at the 500-seat dinner, despite the fact the town's population is only 1,800.
"Without some control, all the immigrants would sit down to eat and the villagers would be left outside," she told the Spanish daily El Pais.
Fourteen percent of the town's population are immigrants, many from Eastern Europe.
Bulgarian and Ukrainian families were both told they could not apply for tickets.
The anti-racist group SOS Racismo said it was investigating if Font had committed a crime.
An AP party spokesman said the mayor had broken the party's principles which support the integration of immigrants.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news