Spain arrests Greenpeace activists over protest

4th June 2009, Comments 0 comments

Greenpeace activists pretending to be tourists climbed the steps of Seville's 13th century Torre del Oro and attempted to unfurl a ‘Closed by Climate Change’ banner.

Seville – Police in the southern Spanish city of Seville Wednesday arrested 10 Greenpeace activists who had staged a protest against the effects of climate change on tourism, the organisation said.

It said eight members of the environmental group climbed the steps of a famous monument, Seville's 13th century Torre del Oro (Gold Tower), pretending to be tourists.

Two of them then climbed over the battlements in an attempt to unfurl a 70-square-meter banner reading ‘Closed by Climate Change’, but were stopped by police, Greenpeace and an AFP photographer said.

Police arrested the eight activists and two others at the entrance to the tower, Greenpeace said.

The protest was aimed at showing that tourism threatens to become one of the major victims of climate change.

"The climate crisis not only affects the ecosystems of the Iberian peninsula, but also Spain's economy and the tourist sector is one of the major victims," Greenpeace said in a statement.

It said higher temperatures are already affecting tourist destinations in southern Spain, and that rising sea levels and more limited availability of water resources could further harm tourism in the region in coming decades.

"That is why Greenpeace chose the Torre del Oro as one of the main symbols of Seville with a high number of tourists."

AFP / Expatica

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