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Christopher Columbus statue splattered in red paint in Spain’s Granada in ‘colonization’ protest




TWO women have been arrested in Granada accused of vandalising a statue of Christopher Columbus.

The suspects, aged 29 and 24, were cuffed for allegedly painting and hanging posters on the statue of Isabel I and Christopher Columbus located in the Plaza de Isabel la Catolica in the city centre. 

Esta madrugada a las 6:00h, hemos pillado infraganti a 2 mujeres de 24 y 29 años realizando pintadas y colocando carteles en la estatua de Colón en pl. Isabel La Católica.

Hemos instruido diligencias por este acto vandálico por atentar contra nuestro patrimonio.#SomosTuPolicía

— POLICÍA LOCAL GRANADA (@PoliciaGr) October 11, 2021

The statue of the Italian explorer and slaver, thought to be responsible for the deaths of thousands of indigenous people, was targeted following the anniversary of the day the explorer arrived in America. 

Granada’s statue of the Italian explorer was defaced as part of an international campaign to recognise Indigenous Day on October 11  instead of the so-called founder of the New World.

The statue now has red paint and handprints over the inscription commemorating Columbus’ life between 1446 and 1506.

The scrawlings read: “The veins of Latin America are still open”. 

It comes as a statue of the explorer was also covered in red paint on Columbus Day in London’s Belgrave Square 

Sculptor Tomas Banuelos designed the statue to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Columbus’s expedition to the New World and it is a gift from Spain’s people.  



IMAGES: First snow of the season falls in Sierra Nevada in southern Spain




The peaks of Spain’s Sierra Nevada received their first dusting of snow during the night on Friday, as the weather turned colder across the peninsula.

Operators of the ski resort in the mountain range shared images of the first snow fall on the pistes, although it isn’t yet quite enough to start the ski season.

Snow fell across the area of Borreguiles and Laguna, said Cetursa, the company that runs the resort which shared some images of the early snowfall.

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Images from the slopes of Sierra Granada’s ski resort on Saturday morning. Andrés Amaro/Cetursa Sierra Nevada SA

Located just outside Granada in Andalucia, the Sierra Nevada is Spain’s largest natural park and boasts the highest peak on the peninsula,  the 3,478-metre (11,411-foot) Mount Mulhacén.

But it is Mount Veleta’s northern slopes which provide the slopes used as a ski resort, offering over 100 kilometres (62 miles) of skiable routes spread between 124 pistes.

In some years the season opens as early as mid-November if there has been sufficient snowfall and can run until mid-May.

Other images of the sprinkling of snow was shared from the Sierra Nevada Weather Station and the Observatory.


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Are town halls across Spain deliberately targeting expats for cash?




AN Olive Press reader has claimed that foreigners are being targeted by Spanish town halls wanting to pocket extra cash.

The expat, based in Madrid, believes that a penalty fine for non-payment of ground rent on a property was ‘a set up’.

It comes after the Olive Press reported on two cases in Andalucia, where expats lost their homes due to the incorrect mailing of legal notices.

In one case, Gurney Davey was forced to knock down his home after his house was ruled to have been built illegally in a court case that he knew nothing about.

The Guadalhorce resident only found out about the judgement when a neighbour told him about a demolition notice which had been wrongly addressed to them instead

And earlier this month we reported how Victoria Jenkins and her son were thrown out of their home that had been ‘secretly’ sold from under them at auction over a paltry €4,000 debt to the local council.

“For months and months all the legal notices were sent to an address that didn’t exist,” explained Jenkins. “By the time I found out it was too late.”

Meanwhile a hotelier in Ronda was left furious after having to pay a €900 fine when a IBI letter was inexplicably sent to her ex-partner’s office in Marbella – despite all her documentation being registered at the Ronda address.

The British resident in Madrid told the Olive Press how letters demanding the annual ground rent tax on her property were sent to totally the wrong building.

“Meanwhile I kept asking for the bills, and was told by Madrid town hall that they would come in the post. Eventually when I found out what had happened and complained, I was told ‘these things happen sometimes’ but I still had to pay the penalty for late payment.

“It stinks of a racket to deliberately make money and I have to wonder whether they are targeting those with foreign names around Spain as we are less capable of fighting back?”

Have you been deliberately targeted? Do you have a story about legal and official notices going deliberately to the wrong address? How has it affected you? Get in touch at


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Horrific axe attack in Spain’s Fuengirola leaves woman with head injury




A WOMAN attacked with an axe in a domestic incident was rushed to hospital on the Costa del Sol with multiple injuries. 

The victim was allegedly kicked, punched, and struck in the head with the back of the axe during the horror attack which took place at 8am on Saturday 16th in Fuengirola. 

Officers raced to the scene after neighbours raised the alarm and the woman was found seriously injured on the bed before being taken to the Costa del Sol Hospital where she was treated for multiple injuries.

Police have arrested her husband, 40, on suspicion of attempted murder and gender-based violence. 

Cops said the foreign-born man was in an obvious state of intoxication when they found him at the scene. He attempted to conceal himself from the police by hiding in the bathroom. 

Inquiries are ongoing. 


Women march in Spain’s Valencia to condemn gender violence

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