Spain fishermen protest artificial reef in Gibraltar
August 19, 2013
Spanish fishermen protested against the creation of an artificial reef in the bay of Gibraltar on Sunday and claimed the territory’s authorities were blocking their access to the waters in the latest focus of tensions between Spain and Britain.
For just over an hour some 30 fishing boats circled where 70 3-tonne concrete blocks were dropped in July to form a reef that Spain said was not legal and prompted the government to ramp up border checks with the British overseas territory. The extra controls, which have caused long waits for the thousands of tourists and locals, led British Prime Minister David Cameron to call on the European Commission to urgently send a team of monitors.
Britain claims the measures are “politically motivated and disproportionate”, while Spain says it will sue Gibraltarian authorities for environmental damage from the reef. Courtesy Reuters
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