Some 300 attendees called for the resignation of the chairman of the board, Alfonso Fernández Manueco, and the environment minister, Juan Carlos Suárez-Quinón, for the “catastrophic management” of wildfire prevention and action.
About 300 people gathered in Ponferrada’s Lazartegui Square this Saturday to protest the fires that ravaged various parts of the Bersian region and the “absolute lack of a forest plan” by political leaders. Shouting “never again” and called by the region’s main environmental organizations, attendees demanded the resignation of the chairman of the board, Alfonso Fernández Manueco, and the environment minister, Juan Carlos Suárez-Quínón, whom they consider “directly responsible”. for the position.
On behalf of the coordinating groups, young Adriana and Candela read out a manifesto in which they announced that various environmental organizations would study the possibility of filing complaints against both officials of the regional government for “preview”. Among the “specific culprits” of the situation, environmentalists point to the mayors of Burcianos’ 38 municipalities, as well as the president of the regional council, whom they reprimand for “inaction in the matter of forest management and prevention”.
In the Demand section, environmental organizations demand that the declaration of alert level three and a catastrophic zone be approved for the areas most affected by the fire, such as the areas around Tebeida Bursiana or Puente de Domingo Florez. In parallel, they demand the convening of extraordinary, urgent and monographic plenary sessions in the county council as well as the provincial council and municipalities, with the aim of “purifying the responsibilities”.
zero wind moratorium
Organizers have also claimed the implementation of a “zero wind moratorium” in all lit areas, to prevent the spread of wind turbines on these lands. “We are jeopardizing the future of our land,” said environmentalists, who appealed for a “civilian response from what they describe as a “catastrophe of unknown dimensions and irreversible consequences.”
Among the attendees, “anger” and “sadness” were the most commonly expressed emotions. Roberto Blanco of the Cabrera Despirta Collective reprimanded the administration for “following its own” in towns, while “life is painted black”. “We have seen how the administration sold us during the first days of the fire,” said Blanco, a resident of Salas de la Ribera, one of the towns most affected by the fire from Galicia, which sent the municipality of Puente de Domingo Florez was threatened.
For her part, Bierzo Aire Limpio’s spokeswoman, Margarita Camba, insisted that “we all have a role to play in taking care of our common home” although she pointed out that “those who have more powers should have more responsibilities and They have to be eclipsed.” “We have to stop it, we have to take measures,” said Kamba, who sought approval of forest management plans for “land management coherent with a livable rural environment.”
The opposition had the support of organizations such as Bierzo Array Limpio and the Forum for the Defense of the Cantabrian Mountains, Bierzo Sentido, Tayto Alba, Proacto Orbanzo, La Ola del Biero, Bierzo Vivo and Cabrera Despierta, and Ateneo La Guiana..