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Businessmen's fascist tics with Basque during the Family Business Congress

wilmer ayala

October 23, 2023 | 9:01 p.m.

“They are rude,” criticizes the Lehendakari when leaving the Family Business Congress

At the recent inauguration of Family Business Congress in Bilbao, Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu found himself at the epicenter of a situation full of tensions. His decision to intersperse Basque and Spanish in his speech was not well received by everyone present, a group of around 700 businessmen, who did not hesitate to express their discontent.

A Moment of Cultural Friction

Inigo Urkullu, known for his penchant for using both Basque and Spanish in his speeches, chose to maintain this practice at a large-scale event, which unleashed a wave of murmurs and expressions of disapproval among some of the businessmen present.

It's not the first time something like this happens. In fact, the presentation of the congress, which took place on Sunday in the Auditorium of the University of Deusto, experienced a similar episode when the mayor of Bilbao, Juan Mari Aburto, began his speech in Basque, provoking protests among those attending.

The King and Politics in the Middle of the Whirlwind

Felipe VI, the king of Spain, and Alberto Nunez Feijoo, president of the PP, were also present at the event. This detail is not minor, since it adds an additional element of complexity and relevance to the incident. The fact that tension has been unleashed in an event with figures of such political and social importance shows the magnitude of the matter.

The Use of Basque: Right or Provocation?

For many, the use of Basque is an inalienable right and a way to preserve and promote Basque culture. For others, however, it can be perceived as a provocation or a political gesture, especially in contexts where clear and direct communication is essential, such as a family business conference.

The half-minute pause that Urkullu was forced to take in the middle of his speech is a clear indication of how palpable the tension in the room was. Sources from the Basque executive described the moment as “very unpleasant”, highlighting the emotional burden of the incident.

Reflections on Coexistence and Respect

This incident in Bilbao opens the door to a series of necessary reflections on coexistence, respect and the importance of promoting an open and constructive dialogue between the different cultures and languages ​​of Spain. To what extent should the rules of respect and tolerance be relaxed in order to preserve a language and a culture?

Conclusion: In Search of Common Ground

What happened in Bilbao is a clear reminder that, despite progress and cultural openness, there are still wounds and tensions that need to be addressed with sensitivity and respect. The search for a common ground, where the use of Basque is not a reason for discord, but rather for celebrating diversity, becomes imperative. The responsibility falls on both political leaders and each citizen, in the search for a more inclusive and respectful future.

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