Exhibition in Orihuela shows how residents won against all odds

The exhibition ‘Torremendo nunca duerme: 25 años de lucha’ (never sleeps: 20 years of fighting) can be visited in Orihuela at the office of Cambiemos, on Calle Santa Justa, until October 28th. This collection of documents and photos collected by the residents’ association shows how all the inhabitants of this rural village fought to stop a rubbish dump from being installed very close to their homes.

“This is not just our problem but all of Orihuela’s and we want the whole county to see it,” said Sebastián Andreu, president of the Torremendo Multicultural Association.

“It also tells the story of the corruption surrounding rubbish in the south of the Valencian Community” and contains many news articles about the businessman Ángel Fenoll, a key character in the ‘Brugal Case’.

The residents fought for 25 years but the hardest time was between May 2001 and June 2003, when the village was literally on guard to prevent any trucks from dumping rubbish in the area. Rosario Martínez explained how the residents took it in turns to watch the fields 24 hours a day and managed to stop trucks full of rubbish from passing on more than one occasion.

This fight is still relevant in the Vega Baja area as setting up a new dump in the area still has not been ruled out. “They should look for alternative solutions that avoid the need for a dump at all costs, Europe has decided they are outdated,” said Andreu.

The exhibition is open to the public at the Centro Social La Comena, the office of Cambiemos Orihuela, until October 28th, Monday to Friday, 10am-1pm and 6pm-9pm.

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