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Neighbours fly 300 rainbow flags with pride in Villanueva de Algaidas

Residents of Villanueva del Algaidas with one of the many rainbow flags displayed around the village.
Residents of Villanueva del Algaidas with one of the many rainbow flags displayed around the village. / SUR
  • Villagers put up their own LGBT colours on their homes after flag had to be removed from town hall following complaints

Residents of the village of Villanueva de Algaidas in Malaga province have shown their support to the LGBT community by flying the rainbow flag from their balconies and in the streets. The initiative was launched after the local authority was asked to remove a flag it had put on the town hall to mark World Pride Day on 28 June.

On Tuesday the village’s Guardia Civil received informal complaints from three residents; meanwhile opposition councillor David Granados had threatened to take the local government to court, arguing that it is forbidden in Spain to fly an unofficial flag outside a public building.

However, by Friday afternoon, residents had hit back at the complaints by hanging up around 300 rainbow flags on their balconies and in the village’s streets. Residents who were interviewed by Spanish TV said that they were “proud” show their support to the LGBT community and that they wanted to show that Villanueva de Algaidas was an “open and democratic” place.