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Riaño is a municipality of the province of León (Spain) placed to the North-East of the same one, to the feet of the Cantabrian Mountain range next to the Peaks of Europe, to 1.148 m of altitude.

The recent History of Riaño (León) is marked by a traumatic episode full of tears, powerlessness and suffering. The original People, the ancient Riaño or Old man Riaño, was in ruins without contemplations for the government of shift in 1987 for the construction of a macroreservoir that overwhelmed the whole vale including 7 more villages. Since then, Riaño is a decapitated Region that has tried to open to itself in vain way.

After several attempts of constructing a marsh throughout the XXth century, finally this beautiful and only vale in which there come together the rivers Esla, Yuso and Reinjury, it was buried by the waters in 1987. The project of construction of the marsh gave place to numerous popular mobilizations, clashes with the "police" and suicides. A new people without memory with the same name, was rebuilt in the top of the mountain, having not to his feet, but up to the neck, the waters of the marsh. Nowadays, the voices of the reason and the heart even have not been kept silent.

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