18 Oct, 2019 @ 16:26
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WATCH: British expats and Spaniards protest after 3 million fish found dead in Spain’s Mar Menor catastrophe

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THOUSANDS of British expats and Spaniards have marched on Murcia Town Hall, calling for action to save the Mar Menor.

Europe’s largest saltwater lagoon is in crisis after three million fish washed up dead on its beaches.

The protest last night was organised by Mario Cervera, the Mayor of Los Alcazares, and Antonio Leon, Mayor of Torre Pacheco – both towns that were badly hit by the floods last month.

UP IN ARMS: British expats and locals take to streets to voice anger about Mar Menor crisis

Also in attendance was British Los Urritias resident, Jo Scott, who shared a video of some 5,000 furious campaigners.

The devastation is alleged to have been caused by the recent storms and flooding, which killed seven people.

Protestors want to see measures to further protect the lagoon in the future, as well as solutions to the flooding in towns such as Los Alcazares, San Javier, Torre Pacheco and Bahia Bella.

Banners included a variety of slogans, including ‘Stop the Floods’, ‘We want to live without fear’ and ‘More Action, Fewer Committees’.

Watch_ Local Mayors Protest Feature Image From La Verdad
PROTEST: Thousands hit streets in Murcia to demand answers

Local fishermen also wore black, in memory of the fish that perished in the shallow waters.

Jo Scott is also a member of the PSOE executive committee, and said: “To have two local mayors arrange a public protest at our regional town hall is something else.

“The undercurrent of feeling on so many levels is that the regional government just isn’t willing to spend the money they have quickly enough, and people’s lives are being ruined.”

Another demonstration is planned for 6pm on October 30 at Plaza de Espana in Cartagena.

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