THERE is still tension on the border and this week it has taken a turn for the worse.
Gibraltarian plated cars are being targeted by vandals. There have been numerous reports of cars having their bodywork scratched by keys and screwdrivers when parked in La Linea and in the worst incidences, two cars were set ablaze.
Gail Francis-Tiron, whose Land Rover was completely gutted by fire, urged people to remain calm, “Please, no more hatred,” she said. “I just want people be very careful when they park in La Linea.”
The attacks certainly seem to have had an effect on the hundreds of workers who normally park close to the frontier at La Linea and walk across the border. Normally you would spot dozens of Gibraltar plated cars in the parking spaces, which are rarely patrolled.
But after the blazes, the numbers have dropped, as the queues to get into Gibraltar stretched back miles and both Gibraltarians and Spaniards grew increasingly agitated.
As British warships continue to manouver off the Rock, and the stalemate between Madrid and London continues, Gibraltar threatens to be an incendiary flashpoint at the end of a long, hot summer.