The Mojácar Business Bureau (ACEM) called a meeting at the Puntazo this evening about police harassment, opening hours and noise limits. The president, Karin Schröter, was apparently unwell, so ex-mayor Bartolome Flores took the chair together with Mari Luisa, the vice-mayor of Mojácar who is also in charge of security matters. Oh, and there was a translator of sorts. I counted sixteen people at the meeting, mainly English speakers. Mari Luisa started by saying that the Town Hall couldn't control the Guardia Civil and their, ahem, excesses of zeal.
That was pretty much that, only the three Spanish ladies present and sat in the front row kept the dialogue going for a while as the translator cast about to try and explain things. The Town Hall apparently doesn't like 'botellón' tourism (kids having a noisy and destructive evening on the piss) as this doesn't bring in much to local business - although, nor does having massive police controls when you come to think about it. I gave up then, as the unfortunate foreigners were still wondering what the blazes was going on.
Later, a bar owner at the Fuente told me that he hadn't heard about the meeting, but was also against the heavy Guardia presence.
Richard Shandley from Spectrum Radio was at the Puntazo meeting, but even his skills as a reporter will be stretched to the limit to make the ACEM sound like it has even the slightest clue.
Later: One fresh nugget from last night. It appears that, to complement the controls b the Guardia Civil, the National Police (black caps and machine guns) will be helping over the summer season.
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