By John Smith • 07 February 2021 • 13:18
Scene from one of the demonstrations
Credit: Resistencia Balear
RECOGNISED as the spokesman for the Resistencia Balear (Balearic Resistance) which has been behind demonstrations against the Balearic Government, Víctor Sánchez has announced that he is ‘stepping back’.
IN a personal statement on social media, he has explained that “These mobilisations have created a debt for us that we will surely never be able to pay, they leave us without resources to be able to continue on a day-to-day basis, in short, they have struck us down.”
So far, authorities have levied fines totalling more than €320,000 against Sánchez and others who have taken part in unsanctioned demonstrations (in two cases where the Government had approved vehicle-based convoys but Balearic Resistance apparently encouraged hundreds to turn up on foot).
The organisation was suspended on Facebook and its website is reported as being offline but according to Sánchez it will continue in a more discreet manner but intends to continue to supply food and hygiene accessories for babies and those in need from its Palma base.
There have been observations that there was a political agenda beyond the declared fight to improve the way in which those in the hospitality industry in particular were being treated and it is estimated that the most successful of the demonstrations attracted around 4,000 people.
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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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