Oil slick heads toward Spain

A huge new slick, containing as much as 11,000 tonnes of fuel oil from the sunken tanker Prestige, was closing in on Spain's northwestern "Coast of Death" yesterday despite desperate efforts to keep it at bay.

A small French research submarine arrived in Spain on Sunday. It will be used as soon as the weather permits to investigate whether fuel is still leaking from the sunken ship.

Local residents held a demonstration in the regional capital Santiago di Compostela on Sunday, as anger grew over the management of the crisis.

Trade unions and opposition parties supported the march, calling for Galicia to be declared a disaster area.

The protesters accused the authorities of not responding to the oil spill in an effective manner, and they called for the resignations of those accountable.