By John Smith • 11 June 2017 • 14:59
Some of the many protesters
SOME 3,000 people turned up with the mayor of La Linea de la Concepcion to protest about the lawlessness in the town caused by smuggling.
They were joined by the mayors of San Roque and Los Barrios as well as the national government’s delegate in Andalucia as well as the Cadiz authority following the death of Local Police officer Victor Sanchez and the continued problems with drug smugglers in particular.
La Linea is an area which combines relative tranquillity with significant poverty and whilst it has always had an association with smuggling particularly because of the cheaper tobacco prices in Gibraltar, recently with the crackdown on sale of cigarettes on the Rock, drug smuggling has become more prevalent and more violent.
Local police unions have commented on the easy availability of new Guardia Civil and National Police officers for work on the border with Gibraltar and the lack of resources within La Linea to deal with smuggling and violence which involves locals and ‘imported’ criminals.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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