Moroccan vendors and customers protested last week about the continuing police raids on the market at El Olivo de Catral and the continual obstructions that are preventing them from obtaining operating licenses
Market Vendors stopped trading for half an hour, gathering to protest against what they see as “racist persecution.” They claim to be suffering from constant raids that are aimed purely at putting the market out of business.
Although the Islamic community in the Vega Baja, are not usually not known for their demonstrations there were more than fifty vendors and customers who gathered to show their opposition to the racist attitudes they consider are being shown by the Guardia Civil. A large sign was placed at the entrance to the market that bore the message “The Moroccan community suffers abuse and contempt in this market.”
There were many others carrying placards with phrases like “Racism is like judging the value of a book by its cover.”
The facility manager, Bouzza Amal, said that the market has suffered numerous raids, most recently on Sunday when Civil Guard officers once again visited the site demanding trading licenses from all the merchants and identification documents from most of the customers, which he said is not within its competence.”
This market operates on an undeveloped farm and began operations two years ago. The owner then initiated procedures required by the Government to regulate the activity through a “special plan on undeveloped land.” Since then he has submitted numerous documents and plans relating to the environment, noise, archaeological, scenic and traffic.
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