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On a heavy metal wave

Photo of Álex courtesy of Resurrection Fest, one of the top heavy metal festivals.
Photo of Álex courtesy of Resurrection Fest, one of the top heavy metal festivals. / D. C.
  • "When they lifted my chair I was filled with adrenaline, freedom and happiness, says Álex, a Law student with cerebral palsy

Alex has cerebral palsy, but that didn't stop him flying over thousands of heads at a heavy metal concert. This occurred in Viveiro, in Lugo province, Galicia, at Resurrection Fest, one of the most famous heavy metal festivals, which attracts the best bands every summer.

It was Daniel Cruz, one of the festival photographers, who took the picture which travelled round the world via social media within a few hours. "I saw a colleague looking amazed by something, so I climbed up on the fence which separated the audience from the stage and just starting snapping away," he says.

Daniel wasn't the only one to immortalise the moment, because Swedish death metal band Arch Enemy also shared their video of it on social media and received thousands of responses. Even Podemos 'diputado' Pablo Echenique, who uses a wheelchair, posted: "That's why I was a heavy metal fan when I was young."

Álex says he wants to continue to fight for disabled people to be able to integrate at all social levels. "There's a saying, and it is something I tell myself all the time: Perseverance in the mind and feet on the ground; knowledge is power," he says.