Vox has returned to take the debate by the co-officiality of the Asturian to the billboards of the Principality. “The ‘adrianes’ want you to put the llingua”. That is the message that appears in the latest campaign launched by the far-right party, led by Ignacio Blanco in the region. In the middle of the negotiations of the reform of the Statute of Autonomy, Vox Asturias continues with its particular strategy against officialdom by placing large posters around the region where it appears, once again, the spokesman of Foro, Adrian Pumares, this time kissing with the president of the Principality, the socialist Adrian Barbón. The slogan: “Co-officiality No”.
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This is the second episode of a plan launched by Vox Asturias just over a month ago to try to dynamite as much as possible an agreement between parliamentary formations to place Asturian as the official language of the region along with Castilian. And in the spotlight again is the figure of the forista Adrián Pumares.
“It is regrettable that public money is spent on pointing to politicians,” says the spokesman of FAC when he learns of this new strategy of Vox. In the first one, the secretary general of Foro appeared alone with his mouth covered with a cross and the message: “The progressives want to impose on a million Asturians a language that is not theirs”.
In this case, “it is also evident a certain whiff of homophobia,” adds Pumares to this new attempt to harass his figure by Vox, which now also incorporates the president of the Principality as a protagonist. The leader of the far-right party, Ignacio Blanco, defends “doing everything” in his hands “within the law” to “prevent the imposition of this invented language to the Asturians”. For Blanco, this is a strategy of camThe aim is to “inform the people of Asturias of what is happening in Parliament”. “This is the most important political decision of all democracy in Asturias,” says the spokesman for Vox in the General Assembly on the reform of the Statute and the inclusion of Asturian as an official language.
The first manoeuvre of Vox was already highly criticized by all the formations of the Asturian Parliament and this is also on its way to be so. In social networks the conflict has already exploded.
Thanks to the campaign of @vox_asturias and @CooficialidadNo against the ‘Adrianes’, thousands of boys and girls of #Asturias are going to “discover” that two men can stick the llingua, something they wanted to censor in schools by implanting a parental pin.#MétemeLaLlingua pic.twitter.com/b52Eua1k0U-
Daniel Rodríguez ️ (@danirguezb) December 2, 2021
“Thanks to the campaign against the ‘Adrianes’, thousands of boys and girls in Asturias are going to “discover” that two men can stick the llingua, something they wanted to censor in schools by implanting a parental pin.” Through this tweet, published by Daniel Rodríguez, Adrián Pumares wanted to show his position on the matter by reproaching the extreme right-wing formation for a homophobic attitude with this type of political discourse.
The reason for the harassment of Pumares
Why the harassment of the spokesman of Foro? The insistence of Vox in trying to demonize Pumares, and now also Barbón, is due to the fact that the vote of the forista is key to the approval of the reform of the Statute of Autonomy where the main dish is the inclusion of Asturian and Galician-Asturian as official languages alongside Castilian.
For its approval, a reinforced majority is needed in the General Assembly, before being ratified in the Congress and the Senate. This majority in Asturias means three-fifths of the Chamber. A total of 27 deputies. In favor are the parties of the left, PSOE, Podemos and Izquierda Unida, which have a total of 26 deputies; and against, the parties of the right and center right.
Foro Asturias, immersed for more than a year in an internal confrontation between the supporters of its current leader, Carmen Moriyón, and its founder, Francisco Álvarez-Cascos, has two seats in the Junta. The casquista and depuPedro Leal, has declared himself against, so Pumares would be in charge of tipping the balance. The secretary general of Foro has already expressed his intention to facilitate the reform, but with conditions. The main one is the elimination in practice of inheritance tax, an unacceptable demand for the forces of the left, which has stalled the process.
“Why are they afraid that the positions we hold here in the street will be transferred,” said Ignacio Blanco in October in his speech in the Board on the first campaign “against Pumares” of Vox. Despite the criticisms, the formation would decide not only to maintain the posters, but to place new ones even more polemic. “All of us who are here have decided to make politics our profession,” Blanco commented.
On the billboards, located in different strategic locations in the region, you can see the montage where the regional spokespersons of PSOE and Foro Asturias appear kissing each other. This image is reminiscent of that of the communist leaders Leonidas Brezhnev and Eric Honecker, which took place in 1979 during the visit of the president of the Soviet Union to his counterpart in the German Democratic Republic to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the GDR. Brezhnev and Honecker’s kiss was a symbol of the socialist alliance. That of Pumares and Barbón is, for Vox, that of the agreement of co-officiality.