Spain: Migrant workers demand housing in Lepe after series of fires hit makeshift settlements

Migrant workers were protesting in front of the local town hall in Lepe, in the southern Spanish province of Huelva, on Sunday, after their makeshift settlements were destroyed by a series of fires. Dozens of protesters appealed to the authorities for accommodation after they were were left homeless, following the outbreak of three fires in the improvised settlements where the largely undocumented agricultural workers reside in the past week. Burnt wreckage could be seen in some of the settlements just outside the town. Lamine Diakite, a thirty-three year old Malian migrant, said, «We are demonstrating to claim the basic right of any human being: housing. Everyone must have a decent house,» he added, «We used to live in huts that are now burnt and need an alternative for the people, that do not deserve to be on the street like rats.» Haya Fonfana, also from Mali, said he believed that the fires were set intentionally although he has not got any proof, explaining that, «people that used to live in those shanty towns have seen suspicious people wandering at different times. So we can not confirm, but it looks like it was intentional.»

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