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Authorities and neighbors remember victims of mining accidents (19/02/2018)

Mazarrón paid homage to the victims of the mining accidents on Sunday.

The act took place next to the monument that is in the roundabout access to the Avenida de las Moreras.

The mayor of Mazarrón, Alicia Jiménez, opened an event attended by members of the municipal corporation and representatives of the families of the deceased.

The mazarronera Tomasa Ruiz, neighbor of La Cañadica, addressed some words in memory of the miners who lost or were burdened their lives because of accidents.

A laurel wreath was placed next to the monument in memory of those Mazarron.

The act counted on the interpretation of an instrumental group of the Music Band "Maestro Eugenio Calderón".

Antonio José Martínez, parish priest of San Andrés and San Antonio, also dedicated a few words to those present.

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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