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Spain: "We'll keep on fighting!" Canary Islanders protest oil drilling00:57

Spain: "We'll keep on fighting!" Canary Islanders protest oil drilling

Spain, Gran Canaria
November 23, 2014 at 23:19 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds protested oil drilling by Spanish oil giant Repsol in front of Gran Canaria's government delegation building in Las Palmas on Sunday.

Protesters waved banners and chanted "Canaries, not for sale" in opposition to exploratory drilling on an oil platform located around 50 km (31 miles) off the island's coast. One organiser from 'Coordinate Canaria Against Surveys' (Coordinadora Canaria contra las Prospecciones) said that despite drilling having begun, protesters would "continue to fight."

Simultaneous protests also took place across the Canary Islands, coinciding with the public ballot over the issue which Spanish Industry Minister Jose Manuel Soria has defended.

Spain: "We'll keep on fighting!" Canary Islanders protest oil drilling00:57
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Hundreds protested oil drilling by Spanish oil giant Repsol in front of Gran Canaria's government delegation building in Las Palmas on Sunday.

Protesters waved banners and chanted "Canaries, not for sale" in opposition to exploratory drilling on an oil platform located around 50 km (31 miles) off the island's coast. One organiser from 'Coordinate Canaria Against Surveys' (Coordinadora Canaria contra las Prospecciones) said that despite drilling having begun, protesters would "continue to fight."

Simultaneous protests also took place across the Canary Islands, coinciding with the public ballot over the issue which Spanish Industry Minister Jose Manuel Soria has defended.

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