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Published on : Wednesday, August 2, 2017
The anti tourism activities in Barcelona is directly harming the tourism sector of Barcelona and Catalonia. The protest came with the paint bombing and the graffiti art on the different tour buses, hotels and the accommodations of a political party of Barcelona.
The youth wing of a Catalan Political Party has posted a video of the members of Catalan Political Party vandalizing the tourist bicycles, days after it slashed the tyres of a tour bus near FC Barcelona’s stadium. The group of hooligans sprayed on the windscreen with the slogan “Tourism kills neighbourhoods”.
Arran, the youth wing of the radical CUP (Popular Unity Candidacy) party, has claimed the responsibility for the anti-tourism campaign. CUP (Popular Unity Candidacy) party is propping up as the major political power in nationalist Catalan government and has been criticised over the refusal to condemn the anti- tourism attacks. It directly affects the economy of the country, as tourism is a major drive in Barcelona and Catalonia.
Santi Vila, The Member of Executive Council and the Barcelona City Councilor in charge of Business, said the Popular Unity Candidacy was making a big mistake, by claiming the responsibility of these attacks on the tourists. He also added that the campaign harmed the image of Barcelona and Catalonia.
The CUP had remained silent until the video of the bicycle attacks emerged on Tuesday. Then Mireia Boya, a CUP member of the Catalan parliament, dismissed Vila’s “neo-liberalism”, saying it amounted to “pure economic violence”.
Laura Flores, a spokesperson for Arran, said that this violence was only a response that they are facing every day. The most recent attacks were against tourist bicycles that are locked to public.
It followed the attack on the last week on the tour bus at Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium in which passengers, many of them with young children, believed they were being attacked by terrorists. But the terrorists just painted the graffiti portraying the withdrawals of tourism.
In the past year there have been a series of protests as residents complain that massive tourism and rising rents are driving them out of their city. There are several hotels have been paint-bombed this year and anti-tourist graffiti has appeared in many parts of the city.The tour bus company, which carries 5.3 million passengers a year, estimated the damage to the bus at €1,842 (£1,600).