Gran Canaria residents make barricades to stop the accommodation and quarantine of more immigrants in their town

2020/08/06 13:28:32 Written by Canarian Weekly Gran Canaria

Over a hundred residents of Tunte, in the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana in Gran Canaria, have set up barricades in one of the town's streets, to oppose the transfer of a group of immigrants to their old school in the town which is being used for their quarantine.

According to reports, they blocked off and closed the street that gives access to the residence at 8:00pm, with garbage containers, cardboard and glass recycling bins, branches and anything else they could find.

They got together after news reached the town that the Government was going to take a group of quarantined sub-Saharan immigrants there, who arrived on the island three days ago.

These are part of the group of 71 people who have spent three nights staying in Red Cross tents on the Arguineguín pier, waiting for a reception centre togo to, so they can pass the mandatory quarantine under Covid protocols.

In the place where they will be accommodated in Tunte, which is also managed by the Red Cross, another 80 African immigrants have been residing for months, who arrived in previous boats.

Some of the messages that have circulated in the call for this protest, refer to the condition of possible carriers of the coronavirus of the people who are going to be quarantined there.

In a statement released by the acting mayor of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Samuel Henríquez, he referred to these people as “twelve immigrants suspected of covid-19” which is the total number of the group that have tested positive.

A spokeswoman for the Government Delegation in the Canary Islands has said, that none of the immigrants who are going to be moved to Tunte to spend their quarantine there, has tested positive in PCR tests to those that have been subjected in these three days.

The protest is being monitored by the crews of three police vans, without incident for the moment.