Torremolinos skaters defy ban

MORE than 100 people took part in a protest on wheels against a local bylaw banning skating and skateboarding in public areas of Torremolinos.

Although Mayor Pedro Fernandez Montes announced a modification to the bylaw to limit the ban to ‘all pedestrian streets, pavements, squares, gardens and walkways within Torremolinos that are paved with tiles’ the day before the protest was due to take place, it failed to please.

At noon on Saturday, April 26, protestors gathered outside the town hall and skated through the town to La Nogalera square, where a manifesto was read out.

Partido Andalucista candidate for local mayor, Pepe Avila, declared that the modification was insufficient as all public areas in Torremolinos are tiled, meaning skaters would still be banned from the town.

“People need to realise that this bylaw is abusive and stops people from using their right to freely circulate within the town,” Avila declared.

“We also want a decent, safe bike path rather than a bit of painted pavement with no borders which is dangerous for users,” he concluded.

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