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Foundation Investigated for Alleged Mismanagement of Public Funds Meant for Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Minors

The 7th Investigative Court of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has opened a preliminary investigation into the Social Response Foundation Siglo XXI and four of its directors. The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office in Las Palmas filed a complaint against them, alleging crimes that could include forgery of commercial documents, mismanagement, and embezzlement of public funds. The investigation aims to determine whether this nonprofit organisation, and its officials, could have misused public funds intended for the care of unaccompanied migrant minors, during the migration crisis of 2020 that was precipitated by the pandemic confinement on the islands, leading to a build up of arrivals having to be assessed and cared for by the Canary Islands Regional Government, using hotels left empty due to the lack of tourism. The estimated amount involved in the alleged misuse stands at around €12.5 million between 2020 and 2022 on Gran Canaria alone.


Canary Islands Expect Rain and Potential Storm Weather Next Week

The Canary Islands are preparing for a change in the weather next week, as a significant increase in cloud is expected bringing higher probability of rain. The effects of a powerful storm forming in the Atlantic Ocean are likely to extend to the Canary Islands as well as neighbouring Madeira and The Azores.



The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 2-4 June 2023

June is here and that means that summer is just around the corner. The Patron Saints’ festivities in honour of San Juan de Bautista and San Antonio de Padua are just getting started on Gran Canaria, and in Pueblo de Mogán the main Romería pilgrimage for San Antonio El Chico is this first Saturday of June, as well as the start of the build up to those in Arucas, Santa Brígida and Moya. This weekend also brings the biggest outlet fair shopping experience back to INFECAR and a collectables fair in Gáldar.
OPERATION KILO is this weekend, at all participating supermarkets, asking you to add a few non-perishable food items to the Food Bank collection boxes to help families in need.

Vox Enters Canarian Politics, Stage Right: Anti-Migrant, Anti-Feminist, Anti-Green, Anti-Autonomy, Anti-LGBT, Anti-Multiculturalism, Pro-Franco politics find a foothold on The Canary Islands

The Canary Islands were unable to avoid the rise of the far right on Sunday, unlike in 2019, writes Natalia G. Vargas in Canarias Ahora. Vox, which previously had no representation on the islands, managed to make its presence felt in several municipalities and councils this May 28. They also secured seats in the Canary Islands’ regional parliament, securing four deputies. “Defending what is ours, our own, and fighting against insecurity” were the slogans that underpinned Vox’s campaign in The Canary Islands, along with “family, employment, and freedom.” This rhetoric, coupled with an electoral program that was repeated across all local elections in Spain, proved sufficient. Dozens of cities and towns on the islands welcomed their first far right candidates of the modern democratic era into Canarian politics, with urban areas serving as their main strongholds.

La Alcaldesa Bueno Secures Incredible Majority in Mogán

Mogán, May 29, 2023 – The often controversial incumbent, O Bueno, La Alcaldesa, has achieved an unprecedented and resounding victory once more in Mogán. The candidate who switched her party’s name, for these elections, to “Juntos por Mogán”, a local ally of the regionalist conservatives “Coalición Canaria” (CC), will once again assume the role of mayor. Her party has clinched a rather noteworthy 17 out of the 21 seats in the Municipal Council of this popular tourism destination located on the sunny southwest of Gran Canaria.


Clavijo: “The application of article 155 also does not fix the problem” 

The President of the Autonomous Canary Islands Government, Fernando Clavijo, has this week called for dialogue and peace, as well as reform to the Spanish Constitution because, in his opinion, the application of Article 155 “neither fixes the problem” nor can it be ignored that there are more than two million Catalans who want independence from Spain.
The Autonomous Government of Catalunya, The Generalitat, attempted to hold a long-time promised referendum on October 1st regarding a question of the region’s continuation as a part of modern Spain.  The Spanish government, in Madrid, not only refused dialogue but attempted to brutally put down attempts to vote on the question of Catalunyan independence, sending thousands of extra national police and Guardia Civil to close polling stations.  Despite most unity supporters staying away, more than 2 million Catalans voted overwhelmingly in favour of secession from Spain and an independent future.  Those voting in favour of independence represented just under 50% of the electorate, or a third of the total population of the region.
Fernando Clavijo told journalists that after being made aware of the willingness of the President of Catalunya’s Generalitat, Carles Puigdmont, to declare independence in a new plenary session, he is “deeply concerned” because he feels there is no clear reason to justify the decision.
“We have been talking about dialogue, understanding, calm and openness [toward] the amendment of the Constitution to be better accommodated within the State, and we did not expect a response of this caliber,” said the Canarian president.
With regards to the implementation of article 155, he said that it’s degree of application should be evaluated, as to the length of time applied, and considers that it is anyone’s desire to have to apply it or interfere in an Autonomous Community, although the State obviously has to articulate the resources at its disposal to defend itself.
Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution, of 1978, provides the state government in Madrid powers to suspend autonomous regional rule, if it is deemed necessary to protect the constitution and the laws of Spain.  One government minister last year, when questions, described it as “the nuclear option”.
The Canary Islands will defend moderation, proportionality and common sense in this area, Clavijo added, since the applying article 155 of the Spanish Constitution does not fix the problem “nor can we ignore that there are more than two million Catalans who want to be independent and that cannot be addressed through the application of the rule, that has to be addressed through dialogue, pedagogy and tranquility.”
“These are the challenges of historic moments that make all the difference and there is a need to separate politics, acting responsibly and include many doses of effort and peace,” he said.
Source: La Provincia