GROUPS of unhappy residents living in the Orihuela Costa have booed their mayor.
Emilio Bascuñana suffered the wrath of the locals as he attended the beginning of the ninth stage of the Vuelta de España where he was greeted with not only the verbal outbursts but a number of posters and banners. Some of those present remarked that the mayor looked uncomfortable being in that atmosphere as he cut the ceremonial tape that started the race.
The banners, translated from Spanish, contained phrases such as “High Taxes – Bad Services”, “More Money for the Orihuela Costa”, “Campoamor Abandoned” and “Segregation from Orihuela Now!”.
Residents have for some time been complaining at the cut of €1,000,000 in the budget for general cleaning and rubbish collection and the alleged scarcity of many of the services other areas take for granted.
The loud and high profile protest was deemed a success by the organisers, and it certainly caught the attention of the cyclists and the organisers of the event as they prepared for the start of the race.