20A COLLECTIVES ANNOUNCE ANOTHER BIG DEMONSTRATION AFTER THE SUMMER

20A COLLECTIVES ANNOUNCE ANOTHER BIG DEMONSTRATION AFTER THE SUMMER
20A COLLECTIVES ANNOUNCE ANOTHER BIG DEMONSTRATION AFTER THE SUMMER

By A. RAMÍREZ FOR CANARIAS-SEMANAL.ORG.-

On April 20th, more than 200,000 people They left to the streets of the Canary Islands in what is considered the largest demonstration in the history of the archipelago.

This mass mobilization aimed to demand a change in the economic and social model that prioritizes the well-being of people and the preservation of the natural environment over development and tourism interests.

However, the months that have followed this historic day have shown that island governments have not listened to the demands of the people.

Far from addressing the demands of citizens, the Canarian institutions have deepened the developmental and predatory model that they have perpetuated for decades.

Specific demands, such as a tourism moratorium, restrictions on home purchases by non-residents, the implementation of an eco-tax and the halting of projects that violate environmental and urban planning regulations, have been systematically rejected both in parliamentary votes and in public statements.

The continuation of abuses to the territory is evident. The approval of new hotel licenses, the repeal of the Climate Change Law and the advancement of a centralized energy model are just some examples of how island governments continue to view the natural spaces of the Canary Islands as resources to exploit for tourism. In addition, projects with clear irregularities, such as Cradle of the Soul, They continue to move forward thanks to the negligence in the management of sanctioning files.

In the face of this situation, citizens have not remained passive.

He participatory process “Canary Islands Forward” has emerged as an initiative to collect proposals that build a new economic and social model. However, the formal request for a negotiating table with the autonomous government has not yet received a response. In contrast, in other regions of the state, similar protests have succeeded in establishing limits and concrete changes.

The lack of response from the Canarian public representatives, who continue to celebrate tourism records while disregarding the demands of their citizens, has led to the collectives of 20A to plan a new demonstration after the summer. This time, the protest will take place in the heart of the development model: the tourist areas.

The agenda of actions and protests will extend until the time of the demonstration, keeping alive the fight against an unjust model that destroys the life and territory of the Canary Islands. The warning is clear: if immediate measures are not taken to stop the environmental and social deterioration of the Canary Islands, the protests will only increase in intensity.

The call to action is urgent. collectives of 20A They urge citizens to continue fighting from every corner of the islands, to continue setting an example and to take back what belongs to them with strength and dignity. The inaction of governments and the tourist lobby will not silence the voices calling for real and sustainable change.

“The Canary Islands Government, the councils, town councils, the tourism lobby and all the entities that benefit from the current development model must understand – they explain – that the common welfare cannot be sacrificed for economic interests.”

“The construction of a new model for the Canary Islands requires – they conclude – the active and collective participation of citizens, and there is no other way to move towards a sustainable and fair future.”

 
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