MORE than 100 Alcaucin residents and members of Save Our Homes Axarquia (SOHA) joined forces to demonstrate against the demands of the Junta de Andalucia to revoke the licences of 16 houses in the town.
The protesters marched on the main square after the Junta warned the town hall to revoke the licences – or face legal action.
The demo coincided with a special council meeting to discuss the Junta’s demands. Before the meeting Councillor Mario Blanke addressed the crowd gathered in the square outside the town hall.
Waving various documents in the air Blanke asked: “ Why does the Junta want to punish the homeowners and not the perpetrators of these crimes?
“ We’re not talking about houses that were built outside the law. Each and every one of the homes had and has all legally required permits.”
Residents then crowded into the packed council meeting room, where mayor Domingo Lozano, insisted that the town hall was legally obliged to approve the motion and revoke the licences. Councillor Blanke said that his conscience wouldn’t allow him to vote for the motion as it represented an injustice against innocent victims.
Although, the motion was carried, protesters vowed to continue their fight – even if it meant taking the battle outside of Spain.
Speaking afterwards the Chairman of SOHA, Philip Smalley, said “The decision of the Junta to push for the licences to be revoked beggars belief. These houses have stood for more than 10 years with all proper documentation, and all taxes paid.
“ Now the Junta wants the owners, most of whom are pensioners, to live in fear of demolition. These actions further sully the reputation of Spain and do nothing to alleviate the economic plight of Andalucia. Moreover, these actions are a clear violation of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. It may be that our fight will continue outside of Spain. “