Nunca Máis – Never Again
A dictionary of Spanish history and culture
Nunca Máis ( Galician for ‘Never Again’) is the name and slogan of a popular movement in Galicia formed in response to the Prestige environmental disaster in 2002, but also against a background of more general protest against the then-PP government of Manual Fraga who governed the region from 1990 to 2005, and who was accused of widespread nepotism. The movement’s banner is based on the Galician flag , but with a blue diagonal on a black field representing the oil slick, rather than a blue diagonal on a white field. The oil sludge known as chapapote became a symbol for the dirtiness of political power in Galicia.
Wikipedia notes “In August 2006 the Plataforma Nunca Máis announced their reactivation to fight against the wave of forest fires that had been started throughout Galicia. They organised many rallies in Santiago de Compostela in which thousands turned up to show their support for Nunca Máis and their outrage and disgust at the arsonists. One protester in a moving speech spoke these words:
“The Prestige tried to destroy our land; it failed. Fraga tried to destroy our land; he, too, failed. The fires are trying to destroy our land, and they, too, shall fail. For our people’s resolve is stronger and more determined than ever.”
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