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Spanish town decks itself in Pride flags after town hall forced to take its banner down

June 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Carlos Diaz/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10692239a) View of some of the rainbow flags placed by residents at Villanueva de Algaidas town in Malaga, Spain, 26 June 2020. Residents decided to place 400 rainbow flags on occasion of the Gay Pride after the town's Mayor decided to remove the one that was placed at the City Council. Rainbow flags all over Villanueva de Algaidas after Mayor removed the one at the City Council, Villanueva De Algaidas Malaga, Spain - 26 Jun 2020

Locals in southern Spain hung hundreds of Pride flags in the streets after local authorities were forced to remove a rainbow banner from the town hall.

(CNN)Locals in southern Spain hung hundreds of Pride flags in the streets after local authorities were forced to remove a rainbow banner from the town hall.

Mayor Juan Antonio CĂ­vico Llamas has hung out the rainbow flag to mark international LGBTQ Pride month for several years, but he was forced to remove it last week after three residents of Villanueva de Algaidas complained, according to a statement.

The flag was hung in order to show that Villanueva de Algaidas is an "open, diverse, pluralistic, inclusive and committed town which celebrates equality and diversity," the statement reads.

Since a recent Supreme Court ruling, Spanish authorities are banned from hanging unofficial flags from municipal buildings, and the council was obliged to remove the flag.

However, one man decided the town would celebrate Pride anyway.

Alcantara told CNN he had been planning to sell rainbow flags at the Pride parade in Torremolinos, but the event was canceled due to coronavirus.

"The whole town wanted a flag," he said.

In the end, Alcantara says, he distributed around 400 flags in total, making the traditional town of around 4,200 residents explode with color.

The supreme court ruling was linked to the case of a separatist flag hung outside a town hall in the Canary Islands, but it has complicated the celebration of Pride month throughout Spain.

In some areas, such as Cadiz and Guadalajara, local authorities hung Pride flags in defiance of the ban.

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