Drought: thousands of Spanish farmers protest for aid

Thousands of farmers from southeastern Spain demonstrated in Madrid on Wednesday, calling on the government for help in the face of the "surreal" drought that is hitting them and threatening jobs in their area. Europe

The surroundings of Alicante, Murcia and Almeria, on the Spanish coast of the Levant, where fruit and vegetables are produced in all seasons for all of Europe, suffer particularly from drought. Spain is experiencing one of its worst droughts since the beginning of the 1980s.

"Without water in the Levant, desert and unemployment Let's defend Europe's kitchen garden", could be read on a banner in the parade. 19659002] "80% of the water was cut off", AFP José Antonio Diaz, manager of an agricultural company in the Almeria region, complains about the empty water supply in the area. four-fifths in the south-east of Spain, according to him.

He says he was able to grow only 15 to 20% of his usual production of salads and watermelons, a situation "surrealist."

Some farmers, he says, have even considered moving some of their production to southern France, around Montpellier, where water is more abundant.

"In 39 years, I have never known such a serious year, "says Pepe Rodriguez, a 59-year-old farmer from the Murcia region.

" What are we going to do with all immigrants there we have there? ", he wonders, worried about the jobs many families in his region live in, including many workers from Africa.

He wants the government to subsidize desalination of seawater, a very expensive technology for the time being, and put in place in the longer term a system of water transfer from the rivers of the north, wetter, to the south.

Reserves of water from the Jucar and Segura basins, the two main rivers draining southeast Spain, were 27.7% and 17.6% respectively, according to official data released on Tuesday.

Widespread Demonstration, Florida Students will Hold a Protest of Arms Control

Hundreds of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday (21/2) gathered at the Florida Parliament building in Tallahassee to urge DPRD members to pass a tighter weapons control law a week after the deadliest shootings at school United States.

A teenage gunman killed 17 people in Parkland High School, Florida, sparked a wave of student protests in Tallahassee and other places in America.

Florida state teachers and representatives Sean Shaw and students rallied

"We have a chance to do something but we do not do it," said a member of the Democratic Florida House of Representatives on a party vote in the state's parliament that decided not to discuss the banning ban lawsuit.

" That is why we are here We demand action You do not fulfill duty, and this is in your hands. "

P the mass shootings also sparked waves of demonstrations elsewhere in Florida and in other states in an effort to force local and national leaders to act to prevent such attacks.

Mothers from the Georgian state gathered in the capital Atlanta on Wednesday to attend a demonstration the advocacy group of the Mothers. The purpose of the grand meeting was to advocate for responsible weapons ownership and not to prohibit firearms.

More than 200 students at Montgomery Blair High School in the suburbs of Washington, Silver Spring, Maryland took to the streets Wednesday to attend a demonstration to demand arms control at the American Congress Building. The protest organizers said students from two other Maryland high schools, Richard Montgomery and Bethesda-Chevy Chase, also participated in the demonstration. [my/jm]

Florida Students will Hold Protest Parade Related to Arms Control

Florida capital officials on Wednesday prepared for hundreds of students to hold a protest march calling for the state legislators to pass arms control measures following the deadly shooting tragedy at a high school in southern Florida.

19-year-old youth accused of mass murder

The shooting action by a man at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland last week, which killed 17 people, was one of the worst school shooting incidents in US. The students at the school and other schools in Florida responded to the tragedy by demanding that local and national leaders take steps that would prevent similar attacks.

Over 100 students of Stoneman Douglas took a bus to Tallahassee to participate in the parade and to meet the legislative leaders.

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"We, the students, are the ones most involved in this tragedy," said a student named Ariana Ortega to VOA before boarding the bus "We are the people who experience this tragic experience and we will be the future leaders of America."

Tuesday (20/2), a number of students visited the Florida Parliament office only to witness the results of the polling the vote rejected the Democrat's proposal to consider a bill that would ban the sale of attack weapons.The Republican faction accused the Democrats of forcing the issue with the gan took advantage of the shooting incident that was done Nikolas Cruz in Stoneman Douglas High School. Cruz performs the action with AR-15, one type of attack weapon. [ab/lt]

US Students Will Held Violent Firearms Protest

High school students – who survived the mass shootings in Florida last week, will march to Washington and other major cities in the United States next month to urge real action to prevent shootings at other schools.

"We will march together as students, begging for our lives to be saved, "high school student Cameron Kasey told ABC TV on Sunday. "It has happened before and there has been no change, now it's time."

Kasey said one of the aims of the parade was to discredit any politician who receives money from the National Firearms Association (NRA), saying the NRA encourages a culture of weapons that leads to (19659002) The White House said President Donald Trump would hold a hearing session with high school students and teachers Wednesday (21/2), but gave no details. [vm/ii]

Restaurants in Singapore Use Escobar Name, Colombia Protest Hard

The Colombian government delivered a letter of protest to the Singapore government regarding a restaurant named Escobar in the country. This is because for the citizens of Colombia, the Escobar whose full name is Pablo Escobar is a drug cartel leader who has killed thousands of people.

In a letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, the Colombian Embassy expressed grave concern by naming the restaurant means respecting " history of Colombia. "

" The Embassy of the Republic of Colombia wants to share some information to recall the horrors of this criminal in Colombia … not to mention the drug addiction it promotes and the war it does, "the three-page letter reads as reported by the office