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Published on : Monday, August 14, 2017
Yesterday, over hundred residents of Barcelona congregated along the beach of this beautiful Spanish city to object against the unimpeded growth of mass tourism to some of the popular Spanish sites, as reported by philstar.com.
The locals assert that huge tourist arrival has increased the rents which have influenced the residents living for long time to move out of the city along with rowdy behavior imposed by overseas foreigners. Many agitators wore yellow T-shirts with slogan in Catalan saying “Barceloneta isn’t for sale” protested the city streets. Some protestors staked signs in the beach which read in English “We Don’t Want Tourists In Our Buildings. This Is Not A Beach Resort.”
August is the month when Barcelona reaches its peak season as sunbathers throng the place out and out. A man remained asleep on the beach meters away the agitators rallied the spot. It was organized by a group of the local residents under the theme “Recover the beach for everyone!”Barcelona’s town hall played a positive role by curbing the constant expansion of apartments taking place through online platform like Airbnb.
The increasing anxiety of the locals in terms of growing tourism and its repercussions on the quality of life has initiated vandalism in Barcelona and other cities in Spain. To quote Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy as he slammed the far-left groups, ‘’I never imagined I would have to defend the tourism sector. This truly is something unheard of.”