The controversy it arises again in the Toledo town hall. This time she has been the spokesperson for the PP in the municipality, Claudia Alonso, who has asked the city council for explanations for his participation in the poster of the Festival Toledo Alive and the inclusion of Corn Chikos in programming. The festival brings together different bands on the occasion of the summer city parties, between them Zahara, whose poster was harshly criticized by far-right Vox for “offenses to the Virgin”.
This new controversy revolves around the Valencian hip-hop group Los Chikos del Maíz. “They are not people who go for tolerance and peace, they are proetarras, they call the public violence and in the lyrics of his songs offend millions of people“, assured Alonso, while qualifying as “vexatious”, both this performance and Zahara’s poster.
The popular have demanded that the socialist mayor, Milagros Tolón, “come out and talk”, asking the City Council for explanations about its participation in the organization and financing of this series of concerts.
The response of the government team has not been long in coming. Noelia de la Cruz, spokesperson for the government group, has assured that this type of action by the opposition and far-right groups “they only feed hatred and intolerance”, also stating that “they do not represent the people of Toledo.”
My full support for the concert of @zaharapop in Toledo. Our government defends tolerance, respect and freedom of expression as a hallmark and essence of a free and hospitable city like this one. We neither give in nor will we do so to those who restrict freedoms.
– Milagros Tolón (@milagrostolon) August 11, 2021
The mayor wrote on her Twitter account, last Wednesday, in support of Zahara’s concert, emphasizing “tolerance, respect and freedom of expression”, adding in turn that “we neither give in nor will we do so to those who restrict freedoms.” The government team took the opportunity to remember that Toledo Alive Festival is privately owned, the City Council limited itself to “presenting the project to the council, as it is always done,” they said last Sunday, dissociating themselves from any decision made by the organizers.
De la Cruz also took advantage of the occasion to remind the popular people that the withdrawal of the poster of Zahara’s performance was due to a decision of the festival’s own organization, outside the consistory. The Toledo City Council has reiterated in turn that the intention of the opposition is to “To politicize and tear down some parties that are going to be the best parties of the last 20 years of the month of August.”