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Mazarrón will pay tribute to the victims of mining accidents (13/02/2018)

On Sunday February 18, the City of Mazarrón pay tribute to the victims of mining accidents.

The initiative started in 2016 of relatives of the deceased in the mine and was taken to the Plenary by the municipal government team, deciding, after its approval, to establish a municipal act that would serve to remind those who lost or burdened their lives in the mining accidents that occurred. in the municipality's recent past

At 1:00 pm, an act will begin which will take place at the roundabout access to the Avenida de las Moreras where the monument to the miner is located.

Attending the members of the municipal corporation and representatives of the families of the deceased, as well as all citizens who want to witness the event.

The act will begin with the interpretation of the piece "Andante" by J. Adson, in charge of an instrumental group of the Music Band "Maestro Eugenio Calderón".

Next, the mayor, Alicia Jiménez will address all attendees.

The parish priest of the churches of San Andrés and San Antonio de Mazarrón, Antonio José Martínez, will also intervene, as well as the mazarronera Tomasa Ruiz who will address some words in memory of the miners and their families.

After the interventions, a laurel wreath will be deposited at the source of the rotunda that will serve to pay tribute to all the miners of the municipality, while the band performs the piece "Andante y Maestoso" by L. Maurer.

Finally and after closing the act, the piece "Allegro" by J. Adson will be performed.

This event was incorporated, in the month of February, into the calendar of institutional acts of the municipality and is added to others as the tribute to the Mazarron victims in the concentration camps of Mauthausen, whose remembrance is carried out every December 6 in the Garden of Peace of Mazarrón.

28 deceased in the accident of María Elena Well

The reason that the month of February is the chosen date to claim this tribute is to be found in what was the greatest tragedy that occurred in the mines of Mazarrón.

On February 16, 1893, 28 miners were killed in an accident registered at the María Elena well in the Impensada mine.

It was the most tragic of many disasters that occurred in the mining hills during the development of the activity developed mainly from the late nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century.

The María Elena well accident occupied pages of newspapers of national and even international circulation, since among the deceased were engineers and miners responsible for European nationality, hired by the company that exploited the mines of Mazarrón.

The numerous losses of that date dismayed a town that lived with the constant threat of registering a new accident.

The losses continued to occur punishing those families who had their livelihood in the mine produced, according to the chroniclers, in situations of precarious work.

Deaths in accidents were later added to deaths due to diseases such as silicosis, a lung disease that affected many miners.

More than a century later and 50 years after the cessation of activity, neighbors and relatives of those who lost their lives or fell ill due to work at the mine asked the City Council to pay tribute that would serve to remind those victims.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Mazarrón

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