UK tourists warned of protest on Spanish island during school holidays

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An anti-tourism protest is set to take place in Majorca later this month, coinciding with the school holidays

Holidaymakers have been warned that there could be more anti-tourism protests at a popular Spanish destination as the summer holiday season begins. It comes after tourists were squirted with water guns in Barcelona over the weekend as anti-tourism protests continue to sweep the country.

Locals are calling for more sustainable tourism models to be introduced, as well as making the city more affordable to live in. Earlier this year the city’s mayor announced that Barcelona will ban holiday rental apartments by 2028 in an effort to make housing more accessible for residents. Anti-tourism protests have regularly taken place at popular destinations across Spain since the spring. In April demonstrations were held in the Canary Islands, while protests have also been held across the Balearic Islands.

Organisers have said the protests will start at around 7pm and will begin from the Parc de ses Estacions and head for Passeig Born. They said that they want this demonstration to be "a turning point, a statement, and the start of actions and mobilisations on the four islands, not only in Mallorca, which will extend beyond the summer". Spokesperson Jaume Pujol said that the aim of the protests are to decrease tourism and bring a change to the socioeconomic model in the Balearics.

 

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