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Public interest in marking the passing of the Spanish Constitution has fallen further in Gran Canaria judging by the poor turnout for this year’s commemoration.
- Although the island’s authorities turned out in force for the solemn event on December 6, the 29th anniversary of the Constitution, which marked a complete break with Spain’s Franco past, only a handful of other people attended the ceremony in a city centre square. In all, around 40 people, including dignitaries, were present on the day to see a flame lit on the Constitution monument but the numbers included a woman who used the stage to protest at the authorities’ refusal to pay her compensation for the loss of her home during the summer’s forest fires.
A similarly low turnout in other parts of the country has led to calls by some for the Public Holiday on 6 December to be scrapped.