This weekend marks a year since the death of four children in Sant Boi de Llobregat, killed when strong winds pulled the roof of a municipal sports building—however, the parents of the children have still not received any compensation because the insurer of the sports field have held up the process (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). The families of those killed are also upset because the mayor of Sant Boi, Jaume Bosch, has consistently defended the safety of the sports installation although the judicial investigation into the affair defined the structure as dangerous and deficient. Yesterday, the families issued a statement saying that they were angry and tired, and demanding a public apology from Bosch as well as criticising the fact that they have faced continual obstacles in their fight for justice.
The Generalitat minister for Innovation, Universities and Business, Josep Huguet, tried to make amends yesterday for the upset caused by the comments he made on Wednesday regarding Barcelona’s 2022 Winter Olympics bid (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). Huguet, of the party Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC), was speaking in a private conversation at the end of a public event about the bid, and didn’t realise that his microphone was still on, when he said that the bid was “bluster” on the part of Barcelona mayor Jordi Hereu and “destined to fail”. Following instruction from the president of ERC, Joan Puigcercós, Huguet issued a statement where he tried to distance his private opinions from his role as minister, and to insist that he would support any initiative that could benefit Catalunya’s tourist sector. Jordi Hereu has made no comment on the matter.
While the council in Vic has agreed to register illegal immigrants in the town following the publication of a legal report on the matter by the Spanish government, the controversy has inspired national politicians to look at the current law on the issue (read article in Catalan here, Avui). The secretary general of the Spanish opposition party, the Partido Popular (PP), María Dolores de Cospedal, called yesterday for a debate with the governing Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) about the “limits” on accepting immigrants. In response, the Secretary for Immigration, Consuelo Rumi, said that a calm discussion was needed about the topic, to avoid “attempts at feeding racism” and opportunism on the part of politicians with one eye on forthcoming elections.
Also in the news: Baix Llobregat opens local hospital after 25 years of waiting (read full article here, El Periodico); Catalan journalist not allowed to take part in Eurovision Song Contest (read full article here, Avui); French high-speed train could reach Figueres by end of 2010 (read full article here, El Periodico)