Its time to take a stand
It is time to show Spain that she cannot continue to oppress us in the Modern Age and call herself a Democracy
Thursday, 31 January 2013
PRESS RELEASE FROM THE DEFENDERS OF GIBRALTAR 30 Jan 2013
In November of 2012, the Defenders of Gibraltar collected almost 10,000
signatures aimed at urging the Governor (as the British Crowns
representative in our homeland) to act in maintaining the integrity of
British Gibraltar Territorial Waters. Since the petition was handed over
to the Governor (who in turn personally handed said petition directly
to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office), we have seen a small
increase in the presence of Royal Navy Vessels in and around our waters.
These naval visits usually consist of a 24-hour stay and a full patrol
of our territorial waters. During these visits, the Spanish Paramilitary
and Customs vessels tend to refrain from illegally entering our
territorial waters (however this is the exception rather than the rule).
However due to the brevity of these visits, they have had no lasting or
worthwhile impact on the situation in our waters.
always come a time when an individual or society stands up and states
‘enough is enough’. The Gibraltarian people are and indeed always have
been patient in the face of the Spanish Governments threats,
belligerence, harassment and extreme scrutiny of our day-to-day affairs
and aspirations as a people. Indeed on numerous occasions we have
espoused that as an organization, the Defenders of Gibraltar will apply
the right pressure, at the right time and with the right amount of force
As a matter of fact, this is what the role of the petition was; to apply the right amount of pressure at the right time.
It is time for the UK FCO to realise something very straight forward –
their half hearted tactics, their diplomacy and seeming willingness to
bide their time is actually emboldening the Spanish Paramilitary in
their day to day assertion of sovereignty over our waters.
in the Defenders of Gibraltar sincerely believed that the UK would do
something about the situation soon. Needless to say the situation is
still here and indeed appears that the UKs protestations and perfunctory
efforts in bolstering our deterrence have come to absolutely nothing.
Just the other day, a stones throw away from our detached mole, the
Guardia Civil stopped a Gibraltarian pleasure boat and attempted to
exercise jurisdiction in our waters.
No doubt, the mandarins at
the Foreign Office will issue a ‘strongly worded’ protest, in the same
manner as the Royal Navy has been directed to issue warning after
warning to the Spanish Paramilitary. In effect, they are trying to push
the levanter cloud away from the top of the rock with a long pole.
Lastly, we would like to be clear in one thing – the Governor of
Gibraltar has done his utmost best to help us in our circumstance –
however his hands are well and truly tied. In Gibraltars time of need,
the UK are letting us down and abandoning us when we need them the most.
There can be no other interpretation.
What should we do? Well I
for one will not stand by and watch how the integrity of our law
enforcement agencies is constantly being called into question. Indeed
just the other day I witnessed a youth on a moped about to receive a
ticket who stated “ah you can give me a ticket, but you haven’t got the
the guts for the Guardia Civil and the Fisherman? One rule for them and
one rule for us right?”
To those who think that what happens
out at sea does not matter, let me remind you that the undermining of
any of our territory on such a consistent basis is the equivalent of
having a Guardia Civil attempt to arrest you in Main Street. Perhaps
because not everyone in Gibraltar has a boat it is too hard to feel
emotive about the subject as it doesn’t affect them.
Unfortunately, there are many Gibraltarians who would only get involved
when it starts to directly affect them, their family or their finances.
Apathy appears to reign, perhaps not helped by the view that it is about
a few Spanish Fishermen.
This is not about fishing – it is about Sovereignty. It is about time we woke up as a people to this reality.
Mr Gareth R Gingell Spokesperson for the Defenders of Gibraltar