Environmental disaster human-chain protest spans 73 kilometres of the Mar Menor coastline

Environmental disaster human-chain protest spans 73 kilometres of the Mar Menor coastline and involved 70,000 people.

An incredible 70,000 people gathered this morning to make a human chain that spanned 73 kilometres of the coast of the Mar Menor in protest against an environmental disaster that has been reoccurring for years.

Mar Menor is a coastal saltwater lagoon located south-east of the Autonomous Community of Murcia, Spain, near Cartagena.

A new crisis has emerged in recent days that has caused the death of thousands of fish due to a lack of oxygen.

Between this week and last week, between four and five tons of dead rotting fish have been collected, their demise is being blamed on a large amount of nitrates, phosphates, and ammonium that reach the 170-square-kilometre saltwater lagoon, especially from fertilisers that are widely used in the agricultural area of the basin- all of the waste products flow freely into the Mar Menor.

Protesters began arriving at the beaches early in the morning holding placards displaying the slogan: ‘Let’s embrace the Mar Menor’.

“It is a way of saying goodbye with dignity to so many animals that have died because of human greed,” Jesús Cutillas, spokesman for the coordination group Abracemos el Mar Menor, told Europa Press.

Thousands of people gathered observed a minute of silence as a sign of mourning for the situation in which the Mar Menor finds itself and together sang the hymn Sol y sal, dedicated to the lagoon and composed by the Cartagena band Nunakat.


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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!. Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.


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