Date of incident: March 8, 2017
Category: Government Restrictions / Social Hostility / Intolerance
Attack against: Faith
Area of case: Anti-Religion or humanism groups / Education / Governmental
School children in Dos Hermanas, Seville, were prohibited from celebrating their usual children's Holy Week procession by the regional government. The government claimed it cancelled the event because of time constraints, but parents of the affected children insist it was cancelled due to a complaint by a secular association.
This volunteer activity, which involves about 200 children, had been organized for years for students enrolled in this subject of Catholic religion.
According to the affected families, this year there were complaints by some parents of students who did not study religion and who, therefore, could not participate in the procession, which goes from the school to the parish of the neighborhood.
The Junta de Andalucía has said that it had to cancel the procession due to a "time constraint." The parents deny this, noting that preparations began on March 30 when the families received a letter from the school announcing the organization of this children's procession and informing them when their costumes should be ready.
When it cancelled the event, the Junta also failed to mention a complaint filed by the Association Sevilla Laica (an entity is defined as an advocate of secularism, freedom of conscience and human rights), which presented the "complaints" of parents of against the celebration of this children's procession.