Photo: Tenerife Cabildo
Updated 14 July: The Cabildo began to clear the illegal settlements early this morning, with Tenerife President Pedro Martín himself on site to supervise the start of the works. The Cabildo has confirmed that the clearance is being coordinated with the Canarian Government and Adeje Ayuntamiento, and carried out with assistance from police and security forces. Local residents cheered as the dismantling and removals started, saying it has been years since they’ve been able to use their own beach because of the okupas (squatters), many suggesting other areas where they say similar action is urgently needed.
Original post 12 June: The Tenerife Cabildo has announced the clearance of illegal settlements in La Caleta, Adeje, designated a Sitio de Interés Científico (Site of Scientific Interest). The Cabildo, along with the Guardia Civil and representatives from provincial Costas (the Coasts department) and environmental agents will start next week to document formally the specific places and numbers of individuals which have been settled in this coastal environment. This will serve as the basis for the clearance proceedings. The protocol will also establish monitoring routines by national police and security forces once the area has been cleared, to ensure that it isn’t resettled, and so that it remains in its natural condition for the enjoyment of all. The Cabildo said that the protocol needed to be set up because the situation in La Caleta, far from new, required the coordination of various administrations – local, insular, regional, and national – and the process which will start imminently needed to be managed jointly.