Police break up anti-vole demonstration

25th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

24 July 2007 , SALAMANCA – Spanish police on Tuesday prevented a group of farmers from releasing voles in the local headquarters of the Castilla y Leon region during a protest against the plague of small, furry creatures which are overrunning the countryside and ruining crops.

24 July 2007

SALAMANCA – Spanish police on Tuesday prevented a group of farmers from releasing voles in the local headquarters of the Castilla y Leon region during a protest against the plague of small, furry creatures which are overrunning the countryside and ruining crops.

Around 500 people gathered in front of the headquarters building to demand that officials do something to halt the vole invasion which has hit several local districts this summer.

A handful of the protesters, armed with voles, broke the glass in one of the building’s doors with the intention of releasing the animals inside, authorities said.

But police rushed in to scatter the demonstrators. A district representative later met a delegation of the farmers to hear their grievances and discuss how to end the plague of voles which are about the size of a rat and related to moles. 

Local farmers say the voles are devouring their lettuce and potato crops, warning that the rodents would soon be invading city parks. The farmers are asking the government to provide poison to halt the invasion.

A married couple taking part in the protest told reporters: “Just last night our neighbour killed 3,800 voles on his allotment by drowning them.”

(Copyright EFE with Expatica)

Subject: Spanish News

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