A GROUP of Brits staged a protest in Cantoria last weekend after a spate of home demolitions in the area.
More than 400 people, including some senior politicians, gathered outside the Palacio de Almanzora with banners reading ´Yes to Solutions, No to Demolitions´
The protest follows the bulldozing of a number of so-called illegal homes in the area, which were built without a permit by a building company, or were unofficially signed off by a previous mayor.
Helen Prior, one of the area´s first victims of demolition, spoke to the gathered crowd about the loss of her €690,000 home in 2008.
She said: “My husband and I had worked and saved for 45 years to build that house, and we have not received any compensation.
“What good did it do, besides showing Andalucia to be a poor and uncaring community?”
Frank Doke and Peter Hegarty were given 30 days notice to remove their possessions from their Cantoria home before the bulldozers moved in.
Around 13,000 homes in the wider Almanzora Valley in Northern Almeria face the threat of demolition, after being built on flood plains and natural parks.
The group is calling for greater political co-operation to ´regularise´ the homes, that is, to legalise them.
An all-party meeting to discuss the issue, slated for November 11, was cancelled however, following the withdrowal of PSOE.
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