The Motril Councilor for Mobility and Security, Manuel Ballesteros accompanied by the deputy Inspector of the Local Police, Jose Manuel Torres, met up outside a warehouse where they were joined by a large pile of counterfeit goods.
The pile contained 12,416 items that were seized during 2010 and 2011 and included copies of famous names in handbags, wallets, belts and sunglasses, as well as CD’s and movies, all of which were taken from street vendors.
It was explained that the goods would be taken to a waste treatment plant, where they have specialist equipment that can render such items completely destroyed.
Manuel Ballesteros took the opportunity to make an appeal all public authorities to protect lawful commerce in addition to intellectual property.
It will be interesting to see if that appeal and very public demonstration of the council’s commitment to ridding the market of counterfeit goods, has any affect on the amount of street vendors we see over the coming months.
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