WITH the British voting on whether to leave the EU, the Scots looking likelier than ever to escape the UK, Catalonians edging closer to autonomy and all manner of peoples fighting for self determination across the world, it was high time that Almeria got in on the action. While the majority of townsfolk were celebrating Andalucia Day on February 28, a group named Accion por Almeria launched a counter protest arguing that ‘Almeria is not Andalucia’ and demanding autonomy from the region.
United under the slogan ‘28F – nothing to celebrate’ the group lamented the 1980 referendum which saw Andalucia become an autonomous region as ‘rigged’. The group secretary pointed out that votes in favour did not actually reach a majority, but rather a mere plurality. President of the protest movement Jesus Munoz said “every year more Almerienses take the blindfold off their eyes and realise that Almeria is much more than what they have been selling us for decades.”
“Almerienses are not second-class citizens and we should shake off once and for all our passivity and our inferiority complex, we don’t want to be any more or any less than any other Spaniard, but we have the right to demand an equal deal, of demanding that our culture doesn’t disappear or the legacy of our ancestors.”