• Spain's news in English
 

Gays to blame for Spain's trillion euro debt: senator

Alex Dunham · 20 Aug 2014, 09:05

Published: 20 Aug 2014 09:05 GMT+02:00

Popular Party senator Luz Elena Sanín told journalists that Spain’s ruling conservative party had increased its public spending due to "the debts" caused by “subsidies for NGOs and homosexuals”.

Sanín, who represents Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta in the Senate, said former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero with the country's opposition Socialists had forced the country’s debt to surpass a record €1 trillion with "his favours".

The Colombian-born politician, now a Spanish national, added that her party had been forced to further aggravate the country’s economic crisis when coming to power in order to pay back the debt from Zapatero’s subsidies for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) community.

"Otherwise we wouldn't have this gaping economic hole," Catalan daily La Vanguardia reported her as saying during a press conference held to sing the praises of her party's economic model.

Her comments have been met with staunch opposition from members of Spain’s Socialist Party and LGBT groups, who have described her words as a "breeding ground for homophobia".

"Blaming NGOs and LGBT groups for the government’s public debt is shameful," Socialist MP Patricia Hernández told online daily El Plural, claiming that Sanín either had to apologize or resign.

"It’s absurd and ludicrous. All it does is denote the PP senator’s homophobia, this is what she thinks the socialists’ financial inheritance is".

Even members from her own party have attempted to distance themselves from Salvín’s accusations.

"I don’t agree at all that Zapatero’s feeble economic management was caused by subsidies offered to gay, lesbian and transsexual groups," Popular Party Ceuta MP Francisco Márquez said in response.

"They’re organizations that work for just and legitimate causes and receive subsidies based on current legislation."

Many in Spain blame the Socialists for the country's long economic crisis which has left 25 percent of people out of work.    

For more news from Spain, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Alex Dunham (alex.dunham@thelocal.com)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
At least four dead and six injured in explosion at fireworks factory
Screenshot of a video by Info Emergencias.

At least four dead and six injured in explosion at fireworks factory

1 hour ago

An explosion at a fireworks factory left at least four people dead and six seriously wounded on Monday in Zaragoza.

Son arrested for starving 76-year-old mother to death in Tenerife
The son and his wife are in custody. Photo of a National Police car / Wikimedia

Son arrested for starving 76-year-old mother to death in Tenerife

59 minutes ago

A man has been detained after his mother was discovered starved to death, and in a state of utter neglect, weighing just 25kgs.

Spain arrests trafficker on Sierra Leone 'blood diamond' charges
The arrest of 'blood diamond' trafficker was hailed as a landmark. Archive photo: Issouf Sanogo / AFP

Spain arrests trafficker on Sierra Leone 'blood diamond' charges

2 hours ago

Spanish authorities have arrested a Belgian-American man on charges of enslavement and diamond pillaging during Sierra Leone’s decade long civil war.

The Local list
Barcelona to London: Top tips from the world's most famous commuter
After nine years in London, Sam Cookney relocated to Barcelona but kept his job in London. Photo: Sam Cookney

Barcelona to London: Top tips from the world's most famous commuter

3 hours ago

Priced out of London and looking for a better life-work balance, he decided to set up home in Barcelona and commute back and forth to his job in the British capital. Sam Cookney shares his top tips for a smooth commute.

Outrage after breastfeeding mother expelled from Granada tourist spot
The woman was asked to leave by a guard who saw her breastfeeding her baby. Archive photo: Hector Retamal / AFP.

Outrage after breastfeeding mother expelled from Granada tourist spot

5 hours ago

A mother was asked to leave a historic tourist attraction in Granada because she was breastfeeding her infant in public, stirring up controversy with mothers' rights groups.

Catalan independence debate
Message to Catalonia: ‘We are much better together,’ says ex-PM
Felipe González, the former socialist prime minister of Spain wrote an open letter to the Catalans. Photo: AFP

Message to Catalonia: ‘We are much better together,’ says ex-PM

5 hours ago

Felipe González has urged Catalans to turn away from the path towards independence, likening the movement to the rise of fascism in Germany and Italy in the 1930s.

Wildfire rages in Galicia destroying more than 2,000 hectares of forest
A firefighter works to extinguish the flames in Cualedro, Galicia. Photo: Pedro Armestre / AFP.

Wildfire rages in Galicia destroying more than 2,000 hectares of forest

6 hours ago

A wildfire that ignited on Sunday has burned through more than 2,000 hectares of forest in region of Galicia, becoming what could be the biggest fire in the area this year.

Twelfth man dies in bull run fiesta after being gored through the heart
The fatal goring brings the number to have died at bull running fiestas t o 12. Photo: AFP

Twelfth man dies in bull run fiesta after being gored through the heart

8 hours ago

A man in his 60s died on Sunday after being gored in a bull run in Spain, bringing the total number of deaths to 12 this year, the deadliest in 15 years.

15 arrested in Spain for smuggling migrants on jet skis from Morocco
A picture taken by Spanish Guardia Civil shows jet skis parked after being seized by the police off the coast of Tarifa. Photo: AFP/Spanish Guardia Civil

15 arrested in Spain for smuggling migrants on jet skis from Morocco

1 day ago

Fifteen people were arrested this month in Spain for smuggling Moroccan migrants into the country on water scooters, authorities said on Saturday, terming it a "very dangerous practice."

Spanish police hunt for Moroccan hashish in the Strait of Gibraltar
Packs of hashish seized by the Spanish police in 2013. Photo: AFP/Handout Spanish police

Spanish police hunt for Moroccan hashish in the Strait of Gibraltar

2 days ago

Morocco has become the world’s top producer and exporter of hashish over the past decades and, with just 14 kilometres separating northern Morocco from Spain’s southern Andalucia region, Spanish police have their work cut to stem the flow of illegal drugs.

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS

National
Hermit wanted for remote hilltop shrine. The immoral need not apply
National
Fury as archaeological site ruined and replaced with picnic table
National
‘I should be so lucky’: The Syrian refugee chasing his dream in Spain
National
Pensioner turns priceless fresco into 'Monkey Jesus': The Opera
Travel
Off the beaten track: Fourteen of the best kept travel secrets in Spain
Travel
Away from the hordes: Spain's ten most gorgeous seaside towns
National
Looking for a holiday romance? Come to Spain
National
Battle of the fizz: Cava takes on champagne
National
The ten most repressive points of Spain's gag law
National
Fireman fired for using hose to fill his own pool
National
What recovery? Spanish reject economic 'spin'
Hottest July ever: Spain sizzled in record month
Travel
13 delicious reasons to be a vegetarian in Spain
Travel
Eight of the most crazily cool hotels in Spain
Travel
What's on in Spain: August 2015
National
Urban allotments thrive in crisis-hit Spain
Features
10 facts you didn't know about Spanish wine
National
Best place to commute to London? It's Madrid
National
Gazpacho: Spaniards are going crazy for cold soup
Travel
Seven silly TripAdvisor comments about Spain
Politics
Hot or not? Politicans in Spain are rated on looks
National
Spanish town gives pets equal rights as citizens
National
VIDEO: Seagull steals camera for amazing bird's eye selfie
National
Spanish town brings in compulsory siesta law
National
Hero cops save newborn baby dumped in trash
National
Top 10 Spanish treats to keep you cool in summer
National
Catholic group calls for sex-segregated beaches
National
Spanish chef dumps Trump over racist slurs
National
Madrid mayor to rid city of dictator Franco
National
The survivor's guide to running with the bulls
National
The ten most repressive points of Spain's gag law
National
Spain celebrates ten years of gay marriage
Travel
Top ten tricks to survive the Spanish summer
National
Woof! The top ten dog-friendly beaches in Spain
National
Driver fined €80 for biting fingernails at the wheel
National
Castle for sale, one-time pad of mad queen, €15 million
National
And the most beautiful plaza in Spain is...?
Politics
Spanish mayor's rogue little toes go viral
Top that! Italy snatches pizza title from Spain
National
Diphtheria is 'Russian roulette with real bullets'
Politics
French PM takes flak for taking his kids on state jet to footy final
National
Spain's little 'prince' shamed for racist rant
National
Spain world's second best for work-life balance
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,071
jobs available