Spain sacks ‘negligent’ Boston consul

The Spanish Consul General in Boston has been sacked over his decision to close the consulate just hours after twin bomb explosions during the city's marathon because it was 'closing time'.

Spain sacks 'negligent' Boston consul
People grieve in the wake of a bombing during the Boston marathon that killed at least three people Photo: John Mottern/AFP

The Spanish Consul General in Boston Pablo Sánchez-Terán told Marca TV that he had decided to shut up shop at the consulate just two hours after the deadly attack on the city's marathon — because it was closing time.

“We had to close the consulate because it was time,” the Huffington Post reported Sánchez-Terán as saying to Marca TV.

The consul has now been sacked by Spain's Foreign Ministry for “failing to perform his duties”, reported 20minutos on Tuesday. 

Ninety-one Spaniards participated in the Boston marathon in which three people were killed and many others were injured.

Sánchez-Terán, who said he had heard the bomb blasts from his office, later confirmed that no Spaniards had been injured in the attack.

But the Consul General's initial comments on Marca TV caused outrage on Twitter.

The consulate official said that Spaniards with families in Boston should ring the city's hospitals because the embassy was now closed.

User @anaoftherock was quoted by the Huffington Post as tweeting: “New concept. You work less than the Boston consul.”

Meanwhile, the account holder of @bilbo_84 tweeted: “Pablo Sánchez Terán reflects the Spanish political class: lazy, shameless and insensitive.”

The consul also stirred up heated feelings with his comment that none of the people injured in the Boston blast “had a Spanish surname”.

In response, @vinylraven said: “The Spanish consul in Boston has been ringing hospitals and asking, 'Is there a Fernandez there? No. OK. Then there are no injured Spaniards.'”

This is not the first time Sánchez-Terán has made headlines for the wrong reasons.

In 2004, during Columbus Day celebrations in Colombia, the then consular official for the Argentinian city of Cordoba lambasted various South American civilizations.

During his speech, he said the Incas, Aztecs and Apaches and others has been “idealized by historians and anthropologists”.

Sánchez-Terán, however, preferred to describe those civilizations as “imperialist and bloody”.

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What’s on in Spain: July 2015

From bull running to beach festivals, The Local rounds up some of the best events in Spain this July.

What's on in Spain: July 2015
Benicassim takes place from July 16th - 19th. Photo: Jose Jordan/AFP


Merida International Festival of Classical Theatre (Teatro Romano, Merida) July 1st-August 27th

For a whole two months, classical theatre performances will run at Merida’s stunningly preserved Ancient Roman theatre, the Teatro Romano. 


Veranos de la Villa (summer in the city) (Madrid) From July 3rd

Film, theatre, music and dance share equal prominence in Madrid’s festival of culture that spans some of the city’s best venues, including the Teatro Circo Price and Matadero Madrid. The festival runs from July 3rd until the end of August and will see performances from the likes of Ara Malikian and Silvia Perez Cruz.

Cordoba Guitar Festival (Cordoba) July 1st-12th

This international festival celebrates every aspect of the instrument, running classes on historical playing styles such as flamenco and medieval, and even guitar making. An extensive programme of concerts incorporates blues, jazz and folk performances by talented musicians from around the world. 

FIB – Festival Internacional de Benicassim (Benicassim, Valencia) July 16th-19th

An ever-popular fixture on the international festival circuit dubbed 'Glastonbury in the sun', FIB takes place in the Valenciano seaside resort of Benicassim. This year’s headliners include The Prodigy, Blur, Portishead and Crystal Fighters. 

Photo: Ignacio Brotons/Flickr

Low Festival, Benidorm (Benidorm) July 24th-26th

The “low” of this festival’s name refers to low cost, with a standard three day ticket setting music fans back a mere €49. Top of the bill this year are Kasabian, The Libertines and Foals.

San Fermin (Pamplona) July 6th-14th

As much a Spanish institution as tapas, flamenco and paella is bull running, and the San Fermin running of the bulls in Pamplona is by far the biggest event of its kind in Spain, thanks to being made world famous by Ernest Hemingway. The festival runs from the 6th-14th July. Anyone can take part in the 8am 'encierros' as long as they’re over eighteen and sober. 

Photo: Ville Miettinen/Flickr

Rapa das Bestas (shearing of the beasts) (Pontevedra, Galicia) July 3rd-7th

Every year, hundreds of wild horses are captured from the mountains surrounding Pontevedra in Galicia to have their manes and tails cut by “horse fighters” before being released back into the hills, in a traditional local festival dating back 400 years. This being Spain there is a party attached to the haircut with music and merrymaking.

Madrid Pride July 1st-5th

Parties, live street performances and a colossal parade take over Madrid between 1st and 5th July in one of the biggest and best gay pride events in Europe.


Red Bull X-Fighters Tour (Madrid) July 10th

A chance to see some death-defying stunts as motorcross riders from around the world descend on Madrid’s La Ventas bullring for the freestyle motorcross championships.

By Rory Jones