Greenpeace pulls down controversial beach hotel
20 February 2006, MADRID — More than 20 Greenpeace activists knocked down part of a controversial beachside hotel in a protest at lack of action by the authorities.
20 February 2006
MADRID — More than 20 Greenpeace activists knocked down part of a controversial beachside hotel in a protest at lack of action by the authorities.
They left some of the rubble outside the offices of the head of the Andalusian regional government in Seville.
Earlier, protestors made a hole in the wall of the hotel which is on the beach at Algarrobico, in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park.
The activists then left some bricks outside the office of Manuel Chaves, Socialist head of the Andalusian government.
Greenpeace was protesting at the lack of action taken by the government which had promised to expropriate the land and stop the hotel being built in a Natural Park.
Last November, the environment ministry announced it was to expropriate and demolish the hotel, which was being built on one of the last remaining stretches of unspoilt beachside.
Campaigners from Greenpeace occupied the hotel until the government agreed to have it demolished.
But the developers carried on working, claiming the regional government had only "expressed a wish".
A week earlier, the central government passed a law banning construction within 100 metres of the shoreline of the Cabo de Gata-Nijar.
The complex comprised eight hotels, containing 1,500 apartments and a golf course.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news