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Disrupted: People trafficking network that brought hundreds of sub-Saharans to the Canary Islands

An investigation by the National Police initiated in 2014 has led to the dismantling of an active criminal organization dedicated to encouraging irregular immigration of sub-Saharan citizens from El Aaiún (Disputed Territory of Western Sahara) to the Canary Islands, by means of pateras (wooden open boats). Two of the ringleaders have been arrested in Moroccan territory by the Gendarmerie of the Kingdom of Morocco under an International Order of Detention issued by Telde’s Court of Instruction number three in Las Palmas. More than 1,500 interviews with immigrants who arrived in boats and hundreds of hours of investigation have also led...

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Clavijo: “The application of article 155 also does not fix the problem” 

The President of the Autonomous Canary Islands Government, Fernando Clavijo, has this week called for dialogue and peace, as well as reform to the Spanish Constitution because, in his opinion, the application of Article 155 “neither fixes the problem” nor can it be ignored that there are more than two million Catalans who want independence from Spain. The Autonomous Government of Catalunya, The Generalitat, attempted to hold a long-time promised referendum on October 1st regarding a question of the region’s continuation as a part of modern Spain.  The Spanish government, in Madrid, not only refused dialogue but attempted to...

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The Canary Guide Weekend Tips: October 20-22

The perfect mid october weekend to visit our capital city with our full highlight list of events going on over the next couple fo days. There is a traditional pilgrimage offering (Romeria) happening in the city centre, Triana Celebra Excelencia, a beer festival in Parque Santa Catalina, and pirates for the family event in San Cristobal on the outskirts of the city as well as a lot of wedding stuff at Infecar.  On the south there is a lovely wine and tapas night in San Fernando, a solidarity event in Arguineguín and a free concert in Playa del Inglés  It...

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The first rains of autumn arrive in the Canary Islands

Temperatures in the Gran Canaria capital, Las Palmas, over the next couple of days are expected to drop to between 21˚ & 25˚C according to predictions from the Spanish State Meteorological Agency AEMET, with moderate winds from the northeast, gusting at the summits to in excess of 60 kilometers per hour. In the waters around the archipelago winds from the north or northeast of force 3 to 4 are expected reaching force 5 at times, occasionally choppy seas with 1 to 2 meter waves from the northwest. To the north of the island, cloud is expected with a chance of occasional...

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Spanish political parties move to curb unpaid overtime

The Spanish political parties Unidos Podemos – En Comú Podem – En Marea, PNV and the UPN have all supported a proposal admitted in the recent plenum meeting of the Congreso de Los Diputados (Spain’s lower house, similar to the house of commons in the UK) to process a PSOE bill (proposal of law) that looks to compel companies to keep a record with the hours worked by each employee. Regardless of the votes of Esquerra Republicana or the PDeCAT, who were understandably absent during the debate on Tuesday, the PSOE is now guaranteed admission of the initiative thanks to the abstention by the centre right Ciudadanos party (C’s), who...

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