Hundreds of British demonstrators demand an end to sleight of hand, trickery and fraud
HUNDREDS of British homeowners protested this week in Almeria over the threat of demolition hanging over their homes.
The group, mostly from Almeria, hope to draw attention to their plight and find solutions to their problems.
The organisers AULAN are demanding an end to real estate and planning corruption across Andalucia.
They also want an end to the insecurity thousands of owners are feeling around the region as well as safeguards introduced for people who bought in good faith.
In particular the protest is demanding justice for the Prior family, whose home was demolished, despite having planning permission from their local town hall.
As the Olive Press reported last January the Priors home Tranquilidad was knocked down in Vera despite having all the necessary permits from the local town hall.
Theirs was the first of hundreds of expatriate homes in the area to be demolished and made international news.
Incredibly the couple have still received no compensation and are currently living in an adjacent garage with no running water.
The protest is timed to coincide with the anniversary of the demolition and organisers are hoping for a big turnout.
But according to one of the organisers Lenox Napier the protest is about more than the Priors and their disgraceful treatment.
“This is about institutionalised property fraud in a 21st century European state,” he said. “It’s about notaries and mayors and town hall architects.
“It’s about ‘land grab’, unfair re-zoning, sleight-of-hand, trickery and fraud. Thousands of homes are under some blackmail, whether to pay to be regularized or to be knocked down.”