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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.

The Canary Guide Día de Canarias #WeekendTips 26-28 May 2023

What an interesting last weekend of May ahead. Weather predictions are showing some rain showers are likely across Gran Canaria. This extended #WeekendTips covers up to Tuesday, when all things Canarian are celebrated on the Día de Canarias. There’ll be some gorgeous Patron Saints’ festivities happening in San Fernando de Maspalomas as well as in Valleseco.

Fun Fact:
Valleseco literally means “dry valley” in Spanish, but is actually one of the wettest municipalities Gran Canaria. Nestling between the famous fresh water sources of Firgas & Teror, half way up the island’s mountainous northern slopes, this area is well known for its apple growers, cider and its weekly market

Six weeks since the unexplained disappearance of Anna-Karin on Gran Canaria

The authorities on Gran Canaria have been engaged in a rigorous search for Swedish tourist Anna-Karin Bengtsson, who went missing in the south of Gran Canaria around April 9. Her unexplained disappearance has caused her family much distress, with no clues to her whereabouts having emerged in the six weeks since they first realised her phone was no longer functioning.


Canary Islands Government trying to stop evictions from “skyrocketing” after State of Emergency ends

The Canary Islands Government Minister of Public Works, Transport and Housing, Sebastián Franquis, has said this Tuesday that his Executive is working on legal measures to help prevent “skyrocketing” evictions from “spiking” on the islands once the state of alarm is again officially de-escalated this coming May 9.

In response to a question from Sí Podemos in the parliamentary committee, he commented that there is “concern” within the regional Government due to the demand for housing having been “radicalised” during the pandemic, and so the scope of the autonomous community is being reviewed to try to find solutions.
Franquis detailed that the Government has already enabled €20 million in rental aid and has exempted €2.7 million from having to be paid in public housing, with the objective to deliver all pending aid before May 9 and help to prevent skyrocketing evictions.
To do this, last week the Regional Governing Council approved the hiring of 32 extra people to work on the implementation of the Housing Plan and streamline aid, and it is expected that over the next 10 days another 588 applications will be granted to add to the 1,420 that have already been delivered.
The spokesman for Sí Podemos, Manuel Marrero, commented when the state of alarm ends “a new difficult to contain front may be opened” producing an “avalanche” of evictions because the economic situation “is getting worse” and many ERTE recipients may end up being converted to ERE.
“The situation could be serious,” he commented, because the payment of rent for many homes is at risk, which is why he has asked for the aid to be expedited as much as possible.
“It is a priority that social rent arrives as soon as possible and evictions are not allowed without a housing alternative,” he pointed out, defending the way opened by the Balearic Government who have decided to expropriate empty apartments to put them on the market or the Paris City Council, which has multiplied the tax on vacant properties by a factor of three.


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