Police Dismantle Encampment

Officers belonging to the Policía Nacional have participated in the closing down of an encampment in Orgiva in the Beneficio area.

GRA ALP Orgiva Hippy Commune Dismanteled DC23This encampment populated by alternative lifestyle individuals and families is considered the largest in Spain. So far eight children who should be receiving schooling but were not attending school have turned up. The authorities also considered that they are living in “conditions of risk.”

This, what some might call a hippy commune, has been in existence for decades and sits within the Parque Natural de Sierra Nevada. Until this raid there were around 100 inhabitants of different nationalities.

However, they had previously received notification that the camp had to be taken down as it illegally occupies national-park lands So far the police have identified 65 people living there.

Moves to shut the commune down began shortly after the Junta de Andalucía began cleaning up the riverbanks of Río Sucio which runs through this area. A large area there was being used as a car park for cars, caravans and vans. Their owners have been told to move on.

During this operation municipal lorries have removed several lorry-loads of rubbish and scrap, according to the Mayor of Órgiva, Raúl Orellana.

(News/Noticias: Orgiva, Alpujarra, Granada, Andalucia)

  4 comments for “Police Dismantle Encampment

  1. julie
    December 8, 2023 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks Alberto and I completely agree with your comment.

    Do you have any information why it was named Rio Sucio?

  2. Alberto Bosch Sanchez
    December 8, 2023 at 9:52 am

    Julie. Spain has been populated by humans long before tourists arrived and didn’t name the rivers to attract tourists. Spain doesn’t exist just to keep tourists happy, The first priority is the indigenous population who are the only people who vote for the regional and national government.

  3. julie
    December 7, 2023 at 7:02 pm

    Who named it the Rio Sucio! Hardly a tourist attraction with that title.

    I expect more campervans will be arriving in local areas, after this expulsion.

  4. Patrick Barry Storey
    December 6, 2023 at 5:38 pm

    I guess the Rio doesn’t suffer much from human effluents. As so many established villages have all of their sewerage go straight out of pipes into the land/Rio’s.

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