FOREIGN LANGUAGE NEWS 113
May Day celebrations
La Candelaria. On the holiday of May 30, Santa Cruz will also be celebrating with music, this time in the form of folklore at 12pm, and from 1pm the competition of traditional Canarian dishes such as fish, stews, rabbits, desserts and liqueurs will take place at the Alameda del Duque de Santa Elena. In Los Realejos, the May celebrations will end on May 31
at 9pm with the XI El Chirato Festival at the Finca El Llano. On Sunday June 2, the grand Romería in honour of the patron saint San Isidro Labrador will be on the programme as the crowning event. After the festive service and the thanksgiving parade from 12pm, dancing with the orchestras Malibú Band and Tropín will begin in Plaza Viera n y Clavijo at 5pm.
Death in prison
Prisoner died from an overdose
The May festivities in Santa Cruz and Los Realejos have so far taken place relatively quietly and without major incidents. However, on the traditional street dance evening, the Baile de Magos in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (traditional costume) the National Police had to intervene. In three cases weapons were confiscated and 32 people were reported for possession and use of drugs in public places. Two people were investigated for disturbing public order and six people needed police assistance. Concluding, the law enforcement officers praised the behaviour of the visitors, to whom they attested
Over 10,000 people took part in the traditional Baile de Magos in Tenerife’s capital Three weapons were confiscated during the celebrations
a civilised behaviour without major incidents. After all, more than 10,000 people had come to the city centre to take part in the street dance.
And the beat goes on May is not over yet and there are further celebrations to come. In Santa Cruz the highlights are now concentrated around the Día de Canarias holiday, which is celebrated on May 30. In the Noria dis-
trict on May 29 and 30, the fiesta of gastronomy and wines will provide for a colourful celebration with good local wines and tasty tapas. It takes place on the Wednesday, the eve
of the holiday, from 6pm to 12am and on Thursday from 11am to 6pm. If you wish, you can also enjoy live music at 7pm in the African market or at 9.30pm in the Plaza de
On the first weekend of May, a 47-year-old inmate died at the Centro Penitenciario Tenerife II prison in El Rosario. He was found dead by the guards in his cell at 8am on the Saturday morning and this brings the number of inmates who have died in prison in Tenerife in recent months to three, and throughout Spain the number has reached 69 so far this year. Drug poisoning is not uncommon. According to the security staff, the reason is that due to a lack of specialists, medicines are distributed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the coming days. This often leads to prisoners trading with each other and lethal doses can be hoarded. This fact has been reported several times by the prison union. At the Tenerife II prison, this is the third death since November. As in the current case, a prisoner died in November 2018 of a deadly drug cocktail and on February 14 an overdose of heroin led to the death of another inmate. In Las Palmas II prison in Gran Canaria, a prisoner hanged himself on January 2 this year. On February 13, there was a natural death when an inmate died of pneumonia, on April 15 another died of a fatal disease and on April 26 another man was hanged. In the women’s wing of Las Palmas II Juan Grande in Gran Canaria, the guards were able to save the life of an inmate at the beginning of May. She had set fire to her mattress in the infirmary, but thanks to the rapid intervention, the woman was saved. The employees extinguished the fire with water hoses and fire extinguishers. The smoke was so strong that they had to work with breathing apparatus and the prisoners in the adjacent cells and gallery had to be evacuated because of the poor air quality. The cell in the infirmary was burnt out, the television set melted and the floor tiles were broken. The prison director congratulated the employees for their rapid intervention. The guards then had to be treated in the prison ward and change their clothes. Even n the sole of one of the guards’ shoes had melted.
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