Alleged racial discrimination at Malaga Fair

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Will Shephard showing the denuncia.

THE Galician actor Will Shephard, who appears in the Spanish series ‘Mar de Plastico’ and whose background is from the Dominican Republic was apparently refused entry along with a number of Latino friends by a ‘bouncer’ at a ‘caseta’ at the Malaga Fair.

According to the actor, this incident occurred on Saturday August 13 when he, his sister and a number of friends and relations were waiting to enter the Mana caseta but were refused entry supposedly because they did not have the necessary ‘stamp’ although this had not been a problem for other visitors. 

After another person at the caseta recognised the actor and his sister, they were allowed in and the manager reportedly offered his apologies but the actor decided that he wanted to make a stand against what he believed was racial discrimination and decided to issue a ‘denuncia’ quoting the fact that up to 15 black or Latino people had been refused entry and this was delivered to a Local Police station.

Mr Shephard gave details of what happened on Twitter and contacted a number of support groups and political parties in order to publicise the events of that evening explaining that this sort of treatment could be dished out to minorities at anytime and anywhere.

The mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre condemned on the following Monday what he described as a “demonstration of xenophobia,” although he believed it to be an “isolated incident.” The mayor went on to say that Malaga is an “absolutely open, welcoming and hospitable” city, where people from other countries and “any race” or continent “feel comfortable.”

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