Thousands reveal in Mallorca in opposition to mass tourism | EUROtoday

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Status: 26.05.2024 00:28

At least 10,000 folks demonstrated on Mallorca in opposition to mass tourism and the housing scarcity on the vacation island. The rally was additionally influenced by the restaurant collapse on Thursday.

Thousands of individuals protested in opposition to mass tourism on Mallorca. Under the slogan “Let's say basta!” folks gathered within the middle of the island's capital Palma on Saturday night. The police spoke of 10,000 demonstrators.

The variety of contributors far exceeded expectations, wrote the newspaper Diario de Mallorca. People got here from all components of the island, it stated. Another slogan of the protest was “Mallorca is not for sale!”.

Broad alliance in opposition to “destruction” of the vacation island

The rally was known as by the group “Banc de Temps de Sencelles”, which blames the ever-increasing variety of guests and trip houses for the housing scarcity on Mallorca and for the “destruction” of the Spanish Mediterranean island.

The demonstrators, together with many households with kids, schoolchildren and college students in addition to pensioners, chanted slogans similar to “Those who love Mallorca do not destroy it” as they marched alongside the Passeig del Born promenade. There had been additionally many posters with slogans similar to “If they deny us a roof, they deny us a future”.

Trade unions, environmental teams and varied residents' initiatives joined the protest march.

Tourism vital for Mallorca

The rally was held in response to the restaurant collapse on Thursday night within the island's capital, Palma de Mallorca. Four folks died within the accident, together with two younger ladies from Germany.

Residents of Playa de Palma, which is principally visited by German vacationers, are satisfied that most of the space's buildings will not be appropriate for mass tourism.

Tourism is important for the island's financial system. The business accounts for 45 p.c of Mallorca's financial output. But there may be now hardly anybody who questions the necessity to restrict the variety of guests.