Posted: Thursday November 12, 2020 1:23 PM
The Christmas lights in the colors of the Spanish flag that Madrid city hall has placed in the center of the city continue to attract criticism. So much so that the mayor José Luis Martínez-Almeida had to come forward to defend his bet: “Let’s not stir up Christmas. Let’s use common symbols.”
During a press conference at the consistory, Almeida argued that these “very different” Christmases require union, which explains the use of the national flag as a Christmas decoration. “What I’m wondering is who is bothered, who can understand that the Spanish flag is attacking someone.”
The mayor decided that this year’s Christmas lights should feature a Spanish flag more than a kilometer long between the central squares of Neptuno and Colón, as well as smaller ones in other parts of the city.
Critics after the first lighting test reached the consistory and Más Madrid spokeswoman Rita Maestre questioned the “little Christmas inspiration” of the light decoration and that the “giant flags” that Almeida “inaugurates” since his arrival at the town hall, “they are not very elegant”
“I don’t know if there were a lot of flags from one country or another on the Bethlehem gate, it seems not,” Maestre quipped.
For her part, the deputy mayor, Begoña Villacís, attacked the detractors of enlightenment, using the government’s pact with EH Bildu for general state budgets: “It bothers me that one day like today “Bildu is whitewashed. The flag represents more Madrilenians than an agreement with a party that has not yet condemned the killings and has not shown solidarity with the victims.”