Friday, December 3

“The towns are not for sale”: hundreds of people cry out in Cuenca against the macro farms


About 800 people from across the province, as confirmed by Local Police agents, have traveled to the capital of Cuenca this Sunday morning to protest against the macro-farms in a demonstration called by the Asociación Pueblos Vivos Cuenca, which He has departed from the Plaza de España, arriving at the Train Station.


A tide of people with T-shirts in which it has been possible to read ‘Stop Macrogranjas’ has chanted slogans such as “towns are not for sale”, “no, we do not want macrofarms” or “then you will say that there are five or six of us” throughout the route and have even encouraged pedestrians to join in because “this is everyone’s problem,” they have pointed out with their phrases.

‘237 Cuenca towns are sold’ has been the slogan chosen for this demonstration since from the Asociación Puebos Vivos “we have that feeling,” said the group’s spokesperson, Paciencia Talaya. In addition, it has been supported by is supported by Ecologists in Action Cuenca, the State Coordinator Stop Livestock Industrial, Cuenca Now and the Coordinator of the Empty Spain.

Finally, they have carried out a symbolic auction in which they have sold six municipalities in the province although they have been accompanied by residents of Quintanar del Rey, Barchín del Hoyo, Arandilla del Arroyo, Barajas de Melo, Campillo de Altobuey, Cañete, Cardenete, Gabaldón, Gascueña, Mariana, Mota del Cuervo, Portilla, Pozorrubielos de la Mancha, Priego, Almendros, Reíllo, San Clemente, Tarancón, Tinajas, Torrejoncillo del Rey, Villalba de la Sierra, Villar de Domingo García, Víllora and Zarzuela, Fuentelespino de Moya, Villarta, Salmeroncillos, Sotorribas or Ledaña among others.

For the fourth consecutive year this demonstration has been carried out coinciding with the San Martín festival, the date on which the pig slaughter was traditionally carried out. It should not be forgotten that in the last 10 years the province of Cuenca has quadrupled the number of pigs while its population has fallen by 8%. According to INE data for 2020, the provincial population amounts to 199,828 people.

In this way, the organizers explain, it becomes visible how many residents of the towns where a macro-farm has been installed or is planned to be installed are feeling. In them, they say, “the feeling reigns that the water that supplies the people has been sold and the well-being of being able to breathe an air that does not stink” and all this, they assert, “to favor the promoters of these exploitations, who also they practically do not create jobs as they are highly automated. ”

A long list of towns “for sale”

Among the most striking cases of towns that are being “sold” is Cardenete, which despite being located in the middle of the Valle del Cabriel Biosphere Reserve is scheduled to host a macro-farm just 1.4 km from the Cabriel River. This farm, together with the existing one, will account for 15,700 fattening pigs and 58,000 piglets in a town of 495 inhabitants.

It is also surprising, they explain, how Barchín del Hoyo is being “sold”, where a project involving 6,000 pigs is being processed on land that was previously a mountain and burned in the 2019 fire. And they allude to how the water has been “sold” from the well that supplies Quintanar del Rey, which is located just 300 meters from the macro-farm that has already begun to be built (although the works were provisionally stopped a few weeks ago) and that would raise more than 44,000 piglets a year, generating 39 million liters of slurry annually.

The demonstration has been organized by the Asociación Pueblos Vivos Cuenca and is supported by Ecologists in Action Cuenca, the State Coordinator Stop Livestock Industrial, Cuenca Now and the Coordinator of Empty Spain. This group is made up of neighborhood movements from Almendros, Arandilla del Arroyo, Barajas de Melo, Barchín del Hoyo, Campillo de Altobuey, Cañete, Cardenete, Gabaldón, Gascueña, Mariana, Mota del Cuervo, Portilla, Pozorrubielos de la Mancha, Priego, Quintanar del Rey, Reíllo, San Clemente, Tarancón, Tinajas, Torrejoncillo del Rey, Villalba de la Sierra, Villar de Domingo García, Víllora and Zarzuela, together with Ecologists in Action Cuenca.



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