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Nerja caves bathed in blue to mark World Autism Day

Cave discoverers and other representatives in front of an illuminated column for World Autism Day.
Cave discoverers and other representatives in front of an illuminated column for World Autism Day. / E.C.
  • A number of town halls across Malaga and the airport's control tower were lit up in blue to raise awareness and mark the international event

The Nerja caves provided the stage for Malaga's main event to mark World Autism Day on Tuesday.

The caves' discoverers were joined by the Nerja Caves Foundation director, Chema Domínguez, Malaga's autism association president, José Reyes and representatives from the province's governmental institutions to mark the international day. Antequera painter, Antonio Montiel, who collaborates closely with the association and painted a picture to mark its 25th anniversary last year, recited a text written by an autistic boy from the UK, in which he describes the world as he sees it.

A number of town halls took part in the day by lighting up their public buildings in blue. Malaga Airport's control tower and the central column in the Nerja caves were also bathed in blue light and Rincón de la Victoria council organised a human 'infinity chain' on Plaza Al-Andalus to raise awareness of autism.