Rubbed out

LAST UPDATED: 30 Mar, 2009 @ 09:17
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Rubbed out

After our report last issue about villas being built 20 metres from the beach in Mijas (click here), activists demand date for Algarrobico hotel demolition in Almeria

Algarrobico
NOW you see it, now you don’t.

But sadly, it was only for a few hours that the ugly illegal hotel El Algarrobico hotel – dubbed El Horrible by the Olive Press – disappeared from sight.

The protest by Greenpeace saw 60 activists “rub out” the building in 18,000 metres of green fabric in an attempt to force the Environment Ministry to move ahead with its demolition.

They were watched by police officers as they added the banner “National Park with no illegal hotel”.

It took them a total of five hours and is the fourth time they have protested inside the Cabo de Gata-Níjar National Park.

Greenpeace is demanding written proof, with dates, that central Government actually intends to meet with the Andalucian authorities to decide its fate.

It is also demanding a concrete date for the demolition of the hotel.

Anti-reform

The Environment Ministry responded by saying that no decision would be taken until the legal process relating to the hotel’s construction had been concluded.

The Green Party applauded Greenpeace’s action, and criticised what it called the “anti reform” of Spain’s environment laws.

It claims that both central government and the Junta are ‘relaxing’ coastal protection laws in order to boost the construction industry.

It follows our exclusive report last week about the hypocricy of allowing a pair of semi-detached villas to be constructed practically on the beach in Mijas, while hundreds of old homes are being demolished around the country.

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