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If I were in Spain at this time Id be there . I hope there is a lot of support and who knows maybe someone will be able to do something about this god dam awful mess so many people are in. _________________ www.palomaressunbreaks.co.uk
LATEST INFORMATION ABOUT THE MARCH IN ALMERIA - 11th January 2010 at 12.00 noon
AUAN Press release – 6th January 2010
British ex-pats in the South of Spain are organising themselves to strongly oppose eight demolition orders recently issued to British residents in the town of Albox, Almeria. We understand that none of the victims had been informed of the initial proceedings, and indeed the demolition notification has come as a big shock to them. We consider that they were deprived of a proper opportunity to defend the action, and that their human rights have been infringed. Therefore, we are studying an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.
The AUAN's legal representatives, and the victim's lawyers, are attempting to mount a legal challenge to the imminent demolitions, together with the support of the Mayor of Albox, who described the demolition orders as an 'atrocity'.
Peaceful Protest March 11th January
AUAN has called for a peaceful demonstration in Almeria on the 11th of January at 12.00. We are protesting against legal and planning uncertainty, against bad administration and corruption, against the failure to respect citizens' human rights and against the failure of the administration to comply with European Parliament resolutions including the Auken report.
We cannot sit back and watch these demolitions and will do everything possible to avoid this injustice. We call on all decent people who think that things should be done differently, and who are FED UP with these abuses, to gather to show their peaceful support for this demonstration.
Is this the way the authorities plan to promote foreign investment?.
Is this the plan for economic recovery?
NEW March Route (0.9km) The starting point for the demonstration is the Puerta de Purchena at midday (12.00). The route is envisaged to follow the Ramble de Obispo Orbera to the Rambla de Almería (Avenida de Federico García Lorca). There will be a pause for speeches in the area of the Obelisk in calle Regina Regente where the march will terminate at 2 o'clock.
We are not prepared to stand politely by as more unfortunate families are destroyed through no fault of their own. Recourse to further demolitions will only further damage Spain's image abroad. The authorities must be made to realise that to continue with these actions is not acceptable, is contrary to the rights of its citizens, attracts damaging and hostile publicity and is tantamount to economic suicide in this region.
Support is growing: We are being joined by groups from all over the country including Malaga, Alicante and Valencia.
We ask all citizens and groups who wish to raise their voice and make their presence felt to turn up and support us.
Candlelight Vigil 9th January (NOW FULLY SUBSCRIBED) There will be a candlelight vigil on the 9th of Janurary in the ruins of the home of Len and Helen Prior, pensioners whose house was illegally demolished near Vera two years ago on that date. This event is the result of collaboration between two local groups (AUAN, AULAN) fighting urban corruption in the area and they will be joined by representatives from across Spain, including the newly formed National Federation of Organisations against urban abuse (FAUN).
ALBOX -- Transport to the March (REVISED)
Available to EVERYONE who wishes to attend.
Cost * €6 per person and additional donations will be gladly accepted. The money will be used to fund the buses and the legal appeal.
Departure Times on Monday 11th January
9.30 am Albox Rambla (park in Rambla and walk up to Fuente by the school)
9.30 am Arboleas Town centre (Maloans Bar)
Bookings Reserve your place by emailing email@example.com The email should state the number of people requiring a seat and the full names of those persons travelling and whether they require Albox or Arboleas pickup.
Payment Payment is preferred in advance because we cannot afford to carry the cost of empty seats. Payment can be made at one of the following venues at the times stated but cash on the 11th would be acceptable.
Albox -La Parrilla bar see Carole Maneely & Tom Jones Friday 8th 11.30am - 12.30pm Arboleas - Maloans bar see Dawn & Derick Oldfield Friday 8th 11.30am-12.30pm
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