Land occupations are more commonly associated with countries like Brazil or Guatemala, but now rural communities in Andalusia are also claiming back farmland.
The most successful and long-standing reclaimed farm is Somonte en Palma del Río, in Cordoba province. Occupied for over 18 months, it is now home to 30 families.
The union driving land reform is the Sindicato Andaluz de Trabajadores (Andalusian Workers’ Union,SATby its Spanish initials).
SAThad been ‘symbolically occupying’ lands concentrated in the hands of the Andalusian aristocracy for many years, but when it heard regional government was putting 20,000 hectares of public land up for sale, it decided to make this occupation permanent.