Tuesday, July 5

The 39th anniversary of the Assembly of Extremadura pays tribute to the Ukrainian people

Nadia, a Ukrainian citizen sheltered in Olivenza, has recounted her horrible experience and how she had to flee her country in March with her son and leaving her husband in Ukraine

The Assembly of Extremadura celebrated its 39th anniversary this Saturday with an act that has served as a tribute to the Ukrainian people and in which some achievements made in the region since 1983 have been highlighted, especially those related to the work of women in the public life and social progress.

At the beginning of the act, the hymns of Spain, Extremadura and Ukraine were interpreted, and the president of the Extremaduran Assembly, Blanca Martín, has delivered a bouquet of sunflowers to a Ukrainian citizen welcomed in the region and seated at the Table of the Chamber.

Especially moving has been the homage paid by the Extremaduran hemicycle to the Ukrainian people invaded by Russia, with the on-site testimony of a Ukrainian citizen welcomed in the town of Olivenza in Badajoz after fleeing her country due to the war. “Today this chamber is your loudspeaker, exercise your freedom, the freedom that has been taken from you,” said Martín.

In this sense, Nadia, a Ukrainian citizen welcomed in Olivenza (Badajoz), has spoken, who has recounted her horrible experience and how she had to flee her country in March with her son and leaving her husband in Ukraine. Now in Extremadura, very moved, she has shown her gratitude to the people of Extremadura for the welcome that her family has received. “In the Spanish people we see the Ukrainian people, because we share many things,” she assured.

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The four youngest women from each of the Extremaduran parliamentary groups have also taken part in the act, who have pointed out the need to “bring the institutions closer to the youth, flee from tension and seek dialogue to reach agreements; achieve a more just, egalitarian and feminist world, and put aside what remains to seek what unites us». From the ranks of Podemos and Ciudadanos they have stressed that “in Extremadura everything is possible, you just have to have desire and will”.

However, the PP has defended “raising its voice against the politics of single thought” and has recalled that Extremadura “is still territorially isolated, continues to lead unemployment and has the worst income data” since autonomy began, according to the popular deputy Gema Cortés has pointed out.

However, the socialist spokeswoman, Soraya Vega, has insisted on the progress made since 1983, when “there were only hospitals in large towns, and now there are ten hospitals”, or compared to “84 percent of the illiterate population or with primary education that there was in 1983 now there is only 8 percent». And those achievements, among other issues, are the result, she has insisted, of “the Spain of the autonomies, the one that some want to eliminate.”


The interventions have been closed by the president of the Junta de Extremadura, Guillermo Fernández Vara, who has invited the Ukrainian citizens welcomed in the region to «stay here as long as they think necessary; or forever, because this is their home».

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The head of the Extremaduran Executive has highlighted some of the achievements since autonomy was established 39 years ago, but above all he has highlighted the progress that has had to do with the arrival and settlement of women in political life, recalling that in 1983 there were 3 deputies and today there is parity in parliament.

He has also valued social achievements such as the approval of the Extremaduran law in favor of the rights of the lgtbi group; and he has stressed the need to “do things without leaving anyone behind”, for what he considers essential to “seek meeting points” between all political options.

The event ended with a performance by the Folklore Group Nuestra Señora de la Antigua de Mérida, who performed two jotas from Extremadura.


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