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article imageSpanish Consul General in Boston sacked for closing doors

By Anne Sewell     Apr 24, 2013 in World
Madrid - Pablo Sánchez-Terán, the Spanish Consul General in Boston, USA, was fired after he decided to shut up shop just 2 hours after the Boston Marathon bombings, because "it was closing time."
Sánchez-Terán told Marca TV that, "We had to close the consulate because it was time."
However, Spain's Foreign Ministry has sacked the consul for "failing to perform his duties", as ninety-one Spaniards had participated in the Boston marathon.
Three people were killed and many were injured in the bombing, and fortunately no Spaniards were actually injured in the attack. Despite this, concerned Spaniards with families in Boston should have been able to phone the consulate for advice and news and reportedly around two dozen Spaniards were trapped in their hotels shortly after the attack.
But Sánchez-Terán, who apparently had heard the bomb blasts from his office, said that Spaniards with families in Boston should ring the city's hospitals, because the embassy was now closed.
The consul's actions drew much criticism when he made a comment that none of the people injured in the Boston blast "had a Spanish surname".
One Twitter account holder, @vinylraven said: "The Spanish consul in Boston has been ringing hospitals and asking, 'Is there a Fernandez there? No. OK. Then there are no injured Spaniards.'"
Another account holder on Twitter, @bilbo_84 tweeted: "Pablo Sánchez Terán reflects the Spanish political class: lazy, shameless and insensitive."
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