Regional Government of Andalucía Cancels School Procession for Holy Week
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.
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.
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.