Spanish fishermen complain about Gibraltar 'harrassment'
18 May 2012 @ 19:17
Spanish authorities have complained that once again, Gibraltar police officers were harrassing Spanish boats fishing around the Rock last night, ultimately forcing them to return to Algeciras port.
According to the sources within the fishing fleet, six boats from the Algeciras fishing fleet set out from port at around 10pm, despite the recent ban imposed by the Gibraltarian authorities.
The boats fished for about an hour in waters around the Rock, until several boats from the Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) approached and demanded that they stop fishing or face charges.
Faced with the threat having to answer legal charges, the Spanish fishermen called the Guardia Civil, who sent various patrols out to where the fishermen were, but in the end the fishermen decided to return to port.
The fishermen caught up in the controversy are supposed to call the Guardia Civil before putting out to sea, so that they can be "protected".
Read more at ThinkSpain.com
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