Ernest Urtasun calls to “raise the flag of culture against fear and intolerance” | EUROtoday
“It is access to cultural rights that marks the design of cultural policies. We are going to defend it and we are going to ensure it. Especially, the right to free expression”
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Ernest Urtasun, the brand new Minister of Culture of the Government of Spain, has taken workplace with a speech that permits one to sense in him a really clear voice within the political debate of this legislature, removed from the extra administrative profile of his predecessors, Jos Guirao, Jos Manuel Rodrguez Uribes and Miquel Iceta. In his first phrases in workplace, Urtasun has chosen his political-cultural references: Jorge Semprán, the feminist pioneers of the Lyceum of Madrid and Montserrat Roig have appeared broadly talked about within the phrases of Urtasun, who has referred to plurality on 5 events. of the languages of Spain and has known as to “raise the flag of culture against the fear and intolerance” of the far-right events in Europe.
In different phrases, Urtasun He has not defined what his administration will encompasspast placing it in continuity with Miquel Iceta’s coverage, however has recognized what it will likely be directed towards: “Against the forces more interested in cultural wars than in culture”, which deny “linguistic and sexual freedom, and block the power of culture”.
“It is access to cultural rights that marks the design of cultural policies. We are going to defend it and we are going to ensure it. Especially, for the right to free expression“stated Urtasun, in reference to the cultural vetoes in some municipalities ruled by the PP and Vox. “There will be no turning back because that is not our time.” Afterwards, the minister has made a studying of this proper to tradition as a type of redistribution: “Where there is inequality there is a gap in access to culture.”
“Culture is the most revolutionary political option,” stated Urtasun earlier than making courtesy greetings, with particular point out to the mayor of Barcelona, There’s Colaucurrent on the occasion, and Vice President Yolanda Díaz, the 2 ladies who’ve promoted their political careers lately.
The Barcelona minister arrived at his new job accompanied by Díaz and the outgoing Minister of Culture, Miquel Iceta, along with his Government colleague, John Subirats. Colau was probably the most outstanding visitor on the occasion, which was attended by representatives of the primary cultural establishments of the State (National Library, Reina Sofia Museum, SGAE, General Directorate of Books…), of the sectoral associations and politicians of the PSOE, Junts , PP (igo Mndez de Vigo and Fernando Benzo), Junts per Catalunya, Comuns… But not from Podemos.
The occasion went past institutional language, it had the looks of a celebration: there have been standing ovations, laughter and hugs, viewers on the steps and spontaneous applause for the phrases pronounced within the Catalan language.
Miquel Iceta stated goodbye to his place with a celebratory speech: “They have been the best two and a half years of my life. And I have had an entertaining life.” And of institutional courtesy: “We are not here to serve one party or another but to serve the culture. They talk about a minor ministry. Less than what? This is the ministry of life and joyof those who want to change their lives”.