Carmelo Ramírez denies that the group has been censored and describes his statement as "an allegation to damage the honor of the institutions"
The Cabildo de Gran Canaria assured this Friday that it does not censor any cultural collective for their political positions, in response to the statement in which the
Olga Cerpa and Mestisay group He accused them of carrying it out against them with the New Year's concert at the Mirador de las Dunas in Maspalomas, for their support of the Salvar Chira-Soria platform.
This premise was rejected yesterday by the political group Nueva Canarias (NC), whose spokesman in the Cabildo, Carmelo Ramírez. «
The accusation is flatly false because the Island Council has paid this group and its companies the amount of 173,000 euros over the last two years.. More than 30,000 euros for performances in different municipalities on the island, plus other curating actions for cultural events or talks”, explains Carmelo Ramírez.
"There is no musical group in Gran Canaria that has received a similar amount", sentence the spokesman of NC.
The text and "Mestisay's statements were disseminated without contrasting or verifying their veracity, validating the victimizing and defamatory discourse of this musical group.
An allegation whose objective is to damage the honor, transparency and capacity of the institutions», adds the NC spokesman, when publicly stating the musicians/businessmen Manuel González, Olga Cerpa and Antonio Montesdeoca, that they are denied to hold the concert in the place they want as part of a conspiracy, in a
"attempt to scare us" by the Councilor for Culture of the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Elena Espino, who they affirm in their statement that she follows "instructions from the environment of the leadership of her party in Gran Canaria."
The councilor is a representative of Nueva Canarias, an organization that governs the southern municipality in an agreement with other groups and led by the PSOE. The circumstance arises that the PSOE and Nueva Canarias also govern the Government of the Canary Islands and the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, as well as the Cabildo Insular, chaired by Antonio Morales (NC) through a programmatic pact that includes the hydroelectric plant project reversible. These parties, including Unidas Podemos, which is part of the Autonomous Government, insular and of the capital of Gran Canaria, "do not carry out any censorship of the group or companies linked to these musicians, who have not only been continuously hired for decades by the aforementioned institutions, but also that
It is probably the musical group that has held the most concerts with the support of these institutions in recent years.», affirms Carmelo Ramírez.
In the case of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, they have held three concerts in the years 2020, 2021 and 2022. "And the councilor has explained that they have chosen to hold another concert in another enclave," explains Ramírez, to "diversify the musical proposal of the municipality and move it from a place as sensitive as the edge of the dunes to the Maspalomas lighthouse».
In other municipalities where NC governs
In addition, "this group has acted in other municipalities where Nueva Canarias, the PSOE or both parties in coalition govern,
without the political position of the three musicians on the hydroelectric plant project impeding their hiring or censoring them in any way»adds Carmelo Ramírez.
One of the cases is the municipality of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, where in the last year they have held concerts in most districts with their show 'Vereda Tropical' together with the Municipal Symphonic Band and many other activities such as the concert in honor of Néstor in the Plaza de Santa Ana.
«With almost total certainty, the caches received by this group from the capital city council double the amount received by the Cabildo concerts»explains Ramirez. «In addition, and for greater confirmation of the null existence of any censorship of this musical group or any of its members,
The last Equality campaign of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria City Council last year was led by Olga Cerpa, and the person in charge of this municipal area is the councilor Mary Carmen Reyes, from Nueva Canarias», adds the spokesman for NC.
«Defamation and intimidation»
The accusations of this group
"They are pure defamation and intimidation, which threatens the institutions, and adds to the successive attacks and personal insults uttered by Manuel Gonzálezwho has described the insular president as sectarian or dictatorial, as well as has described the Parliament of the Canary Islands as a 'theatre', with no other objective than to damage the image of the insular president, that of the political parties and the institutions to obtain perks and treatment of privilege over the island's cultural sector," says Carmelo Ramírez.
“The data speaks for itself.
The Mestisay group and its three related production companies have not received any kind of censorship", He says. The billing data of this group with the institutions (Cabildo Insular and other corporations) «show that the accusations made have nothing to do with freedom of expression, nor with the supposed defense of the environment or cultural heritage, but with particular economic interests”, concludes Carmelo Ramírez.