Anger Over Racist Malaga Airport Signage. All signs at the airport are to be replaced, costing over €20 million.
Anger Over Racist Malaga Airport Signage
Costa Del Sol residents are furious following an announcement from Malaga airport that there will be a €20 million language investment, paid for with money from the local education budget. Juan Kerr is a teacher in Marbella and says “This is racism at it’s very worst. It’s discriminating against people from every other country who come here. It’s shameful, diverting public money away from schools and education to pay for this ridiculous scheme at the airport.”
The scheme will see all signage at the airport and on the approaching roads replaced. The new signs will feature the same information, but written in both Spanish and Welsh. There is uproar from Spanish residents and expats who can’t understand why signs need to be displayed in Welsh.
The Fastest Growing Foreign Language In Spain
Gomes El Gomez from the Costa Del Sol Signposts In Foreign Languages At Airports And On Some Major Roads department says “You can’t argue with the numbers. Welsh is the fastest growing foreign language being spoken here in Spain. Over the last 12 months, the number of Welsh speakers here has tripled. Rising from 8 to 23. We can’t ignore that. These people need to be made welcome”.
The airport falls under the jurisdiction of the Lower East Manilva County Council. Mayor Manuel Unwell said “It’s all worked out very well. By co-incidence, my son owns the local signage business so we’ve been able to get the best possible price. He’s even invested in a new MacBook to do the designs on. €20 million is a bargain, I don’t know why people are complaining”
Reactions To The Huge Outlay
Ian Rush is the chairman of the Welsh Andalucian National Kickers football club in Benalmadena. He says “It’s very nice that they’re making Welsh people feel more welcome, very nice that is boyo. Very nice. I’m going to ask them to play Tom Jones music in the airport toilets as well.”
No Place For Racism
Derek Drinkwater from Birmingham isn’t happy with this move. He says “I’m not from Birmingham, I’m from Solihull actually. This is really bad, why are we pandering to foreigners. This is racist, and there’s no place for racism here. Put the signs up in English, leave them in English. Brexit will soon put an end to this nonsense. We can’t have unelected Welsh people telling us Brits what signs we should be looking at in a Spanish airport. It’s outrageous. I’m going to be using the new airport from now on.”
The new signage will be in place from the 1st January 2018.
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Written by Gloria Stits, Costa Del Sol Update, 06.11.2017