By Cathy Elelman • 12 February 2020 • 19:01
MADE IT: The walkers reach the Almeria border
CREDIT: Club Senderista La Desbanda
AFTER a seven-day hike starting in Malaga, walkers taking part in a march to remember the victims of what is considered one of the worst atrocities in Spain’s Civil War crossed the border from Granada into Murcia today Wednesday.
The Marcha Malaga Almeria #Desbanda2020’ hike is a homage to those who died in the road massacre of 1937.
On February 8 of that year an estimated 5,000 to 15,000 civilians attempted to escape Republican-dominated Malaga when it was besieged by Nationalist forces and their fascist supporters. They headed on foot for Almeria along the N-340 coast road, but were attacked by air and land, and thousands were killed.
More than 100 Desbanda walking club walkers are doing the entire march, and dozens of others have joined them along the way.
They expect to reach Almeria city on Saturday, accompanied by hundreds for the final stage.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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