“Hunting is probably the most cowardly expression used by those who want to silence us by shouting.” The world of culture was frank in the statement that they showed their support for the actress Itziar Ituño, who became the center of insults after attending a demonstration for the rights of ETA prisoners. The event took place on Saturday, January 13 in Bilbao and the translator of The Money Heist He was one of tens of thousands of people who attended the protest.
The Basque Government denounces the insults to Itziar Ituño: “They are unacceptable situations that affect democratic coexistence.”
After his appearance in the march, Ituño became the target of many offensive messages on social networks. In addition, the BMW Lurauto sales chain, where he was an ambassador, announced the end of its collaboration with him. “We are not involved in any political ideas,” they justified.
The Basque Government condemned the insults to the actress, calling them “unacceptable situations that affect democratic coexistence,” and this Friday the world of culture joined its support through a statement issued by the Union of Basque Actors. signed by voices from cinema, literature, and theater such as Juan Diego Botto, Irene Escolar, Alba Flores, Antonio de la Torre, Luis Tosar, Belén Gopegui, Olga Rodríguez, Eva Llorach, and Carlos Bardem.
In the text, they denounced “the angry and violent personal attacks from the media, which later jumped to social networks.” They also criticized that they chose “one of the tens of thousands of people who attended” the demonstration to “carry out a public lynching against the easiest target, which, in addition to being extremely reactionary, is very dangerous not only physically integrity.” and morality in Ituño, but for the whole society.”
In fact, they emphasize that these attacks are aimed not only at the actress but also at “all people of art and culture who freely decide to exercise their right to participate in public debate and political demonstrations.” Not in vain, they remember that they are witnessing an “ultra-reactionary offensive that seeks to censor theater shows, book presentations, concerts, exhibitions, or children’s movies that do not follow their pigeonholed and cruel world view.” “In many cases, they achieved it,” they lamented. Reasons why they insist: “We cannot allow this.”
The statement concluded with a final message for Ituño, stressing that “the campaign aims to inform the public that he is not alone.” “If you don’t already know that you are, these lines of support and solidarity serve to remind you,” they concluded.
📝El Festival se adhiere al comunicado de EAB y mostramos nuestra solidaridad con Itziar Ituño y con cualquier actriz o actor que esté sufriendo boicot por sus ideas.
📝Zinemaldiak bat egiten du EABren komunikatuarekin eta elkartasuna adierazten diogu Itziar Ituñori eta bere…
— Donostia Zinemaldia – Festival de San Sebastián (@sansebastianfes) January 17, 2024
Other institutions, such as the San Sebastián Festival and the Association of Audiovisual Production Companies (IBAIA), joined the statement. “We show our solidarity with Itziar Ituño and any artist or actor who suffers a boycott for their ideas,” they wrote from the contest.
The citizen network of Sare, which called the demonstration, launched its own writing. “We cannot remain silent in the face of the injustice of this public lynching. This situation affects all of us, regardless of our position regarding the situation of Basque prisoners. We are talking about rights. Right to free expression so as not to be persecuted and criminalized for using it,” they said.