Vox and PP ban rainbow flags from Spanish city

by Lorraine Williamson

NAQUERA – The far-right party Vox and the Partido Popular (PP) have reached an agreement to ban rainbow flags and actions against gender-based violence from Náquera, a city in the province of Valencia. 

This remarkable agreement between the two parties has brought Vox to power in the mayoralty and has sparked controversy in the region. Under the agreement, shared by Vox on social media, rainbow flags will be removed from public buildings. In addition, the motto of meetings against gender-based violence will be changed to “meetings against all violence”. This decision has sparked heated debate over the rights of the LGBTQ+ community and the city’s commitment to gender equality. 

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Iván Expósito, a member of Vox, was installed as mayor of Náquera on Saturday following May 28 municipal elections. Vox won four seats in the city council, while the PP won three. The agreement between the two sides also includes the promotion of constitutional values and the abolition of subsidies for organisations seeking independence for Catalonia. 

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Concerns about freedom of expression 

The accord has also raised concerns about freedom of expression and its impact on the city’s inclusive and diverse culture. Critics believe that such measures go against the values of equality and diversity that are essential to modern society. 

LGBTQ+ community and the extreme right in politics 

This political collaboration between Vox and the PP in Náquera has sparked a heated debate about the rights of the LGBTQ+ community and the role of the far right in politics. Furthermore, it is expected this issue will be debated for a long time to come and its impact will be felt both locally and nationally. 

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