Totana City Council today withdrew the flag of the European Union full municipal hall as a symbolic gesture of protest against the treatment that the European institutions are giving Syrian refugees.
The mayor, Juan José Canovas, read out an official statement rejecting the recent agreement between the EU and Turkey on migration policy refugees.
The municipal government has thus joined the initiative undertaken by the consistory governed by IU, as is the case of Moratalla in Murcia, and several Spanish provinces, including Cadiz, Seville and Cordoba, which have also lowering the EU insignia of the main facades of buildings consistoriales.
The protest is due to the preliminary agreement signed between the EU and Turkey, discussed last week at the European Council, whereby, in exchange for money, the Ottoman country will host the displaced Syrians arrived from the coast of Greece.
Totana Town Council has removed the flag plenary hall and not the main facade because it does not traditionally flutters on the balcony of the town hall with the other three badges.
The mayor stressed that the gesture is not a symbol of rejection of the European Union, of which we are very proud to belong, but to protest against the decisions of their leaders against the principles of human rights of refugees.
institutional declaration against the EU-Turkey agreement on refugee policy
After the controversial resolution adopted by the EU with Turkey to return to the neighboring country any foreigner who arrive illegally the Greek coast, from the municipal government Totana Town Council we show our total rejection and protest against this measure.
The deal includes three conditions for Europe: 3.000 million increase for Turkey to meet refugees, exempt their citizens need visas to travel to the EU and to advance the process of joining the EU club.
Europe expel refugees fleeing areas of conflict, and come looking for help is not admissible, and its clear illegality is morally and legislatively uncertain.
Because it is very important to distinguish between so-called economic migrants, who are not subject to persecution and war victims.
Both the United Nations Organization as associations and humanitarian NGOs prestige, such as UNHCR and Amnesty International, based legaldel question the agreement in principle reached.
Arguing reasons, as Europe expel Turkey to all migrants and asylum seekers flee conflict or persecution or, and realojará only Syrians.
"An agreement seems that establishes the direct expulsion of aliens to a third country is not consistent with European law and with international humanitarian law," said UNHCR spokeswoman at the UN.
As we also share the reasons spokesperson for Amnesty International when referring to the following;
"For every Sirio returned, Europe is committed to relocate to another is inhumane leaders UEdejan side most importantly... Respect for human rights Exchanging people by people, dehumanizes and is not the solution to the crisis. what they should do is legal and safe crearrutas so they do not have to risk their lives at sea "
For all these reasons, the City Council of Totana, we will endorse the position that has been adopted in other Spanish municipalities to protest against this measure, we consider acts against the fundamental rights of human beings, removing our institution Flag European Union.
It is not a gesture towards all the countries of Europe, but a measure of protest action at this point we can not share in any way.