A photographer, an ambulance technician, ranchers, farmers, computer scientists or a Transport inspector, among others, will attend the elections in Castilla y León on February 13. The platforms of Spain Vaciada point out that the social diversity of their lists is a reflection of the transversal nature of their demands. The associations rely on the boredom of the citizens and the illusion for change to bring neglected claims to the courts for decades. They argue that these neglected infrastructures or effective policies against depopulation will only come if they gain access to the institutions. Your claims can appear on left or right-wing programs. There are no ideologies, they reiterate.
Soria, Palencia, Salamanca, Burgos and Valladolid will have a ballot from Spain Empty after knowing the Valladolid candidacy at the last moment. The first to announce its participation was Soria ¡Ya !, the most established entity and that has serious options to enter the Cortes. The head of the list is Ángel Ceña, head of inspection of Transportation of the Board in this province. Ceña, 54 years old and without prior political ties, assumes that he will receive furious criticism from his rivals: “They will be calling me everything, but I am not going to go into the mud.” The bipartisanship, he believes, has forgotten Soria and has generated “transversal proposals”, some perhaps present in programs of the PP or PSOE, “but which are not fulfilled.” The second on the Soriana list is Vanessa García. This 44-year-old lawyer warns of the one that will “fall on them” in reference to the desire of the traditional parties to distort the lists of Emptied Spain. They are followed by an emergency health technician, an opponent or a self-employed insurance agent.
The amalgam of profiles is also evident in Vía Burgalesa-España Vaciada. The leader will be Raúl Izquierdo, a computer scientist who lives in Quintanilla del Agua (300 inhabitants). During a coffee break, he explains that it is launched because “only from within do things change.” At 39, he admits “vertigo” due to the possible arrival in the Cortes and highlights that only the people of the land know what they need there: “We are not professional politicians, but we know what happens with issues where politicians have never acted” . Burgos lists also have the presence of a rural mayor and several councilors of the capital and small municipalities belonging to Imagina Burgos or Ciudadanos. They also participate from lawyers to members of NGOs. “Another four years like this will make the rural world die,” Izquierdo says.
Two women lead the candidacy of Palencia: Nieves Trigueros, autonomous from the agricultural sector, and Victoria Díaz, photographer. The latter resides in Alar del Rey, a town with 800 inhabitants near the Cantabrian coast. A mother of two young children, Díaz decided to participate because she hopes, for example, that the annual medical check-ups of her children are not in Palencia city, which requires traveling almost 200 kilometers roundtrip. “I want my dwarves to be able to return to their town with alternatives,” he exclaims and criticizes that they want to “put problems with them because people don’t complain.” The region has been fighting for years against the plan to install 13 macro-farms with 80,000 pigs because they do not generate employment and do generate pollution and damage to rural tourism. “The ideological thing is to think about the people of the towns: we want balance and not have fewer rights,” he says about his political leanings.
The candidate from Valladolid España Vaciada has experience in Citizens as a councilor in Medina del Campo. Cristina Blanco, who left the party in 2020 and became unaffiliated, emphasizes that she is accompanied on the lists by computer scientists or farmers “with different political feelings but united against depopulation.” Blanco argues that rural problems equally affect voters of the PP or the PSOE and that groups like his should serve to provide the same benefits “no matter where you live.”
Her counterpart in Salamanca will be Verónica Santos, 34, an official of the Board and former coordinator of the Mixed Group in the Santa Marta de Tormes City Council. The list is followed by the rancher Carlos Lanchas, who has participated in groups that have discussed the meat sector in Brussels, as well as a nurse, a pharmacist or a pensioner. Santos asks to break with the blocks “without looking to the left or right” through “proposals of collective interest” that represent those “burned” people.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.