Spanish Prime Minister condemns anti-tourism riots in Canary Islands

Published on : Friday, August 11, 2017

indexBeach chairs have been hacked with knives in the Canary Islands and cars have been vandalized in Mallorca with Spain’s anti-tourism riots shooting up, prompting the country’s prime minister to condemn the actions of protesting gangs, and warning them that the tourism trade is essential to the country’s prosperity. In the first anti-tourism incident on the Canary Islands, chairs have been attacked on the beaches of Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas, which are popular among tourists visiting the holiday hotspot.

Authorities in the Canary Islands have criticized the events of Barcelona and Mallorca where anti-tourism protesters have campaigned against tourists enjoying their holidays.
The president of the Spanish Federation of Associations of Travel Agencies (FEAAV), Rafael Gallego said, “Tourism-phobia has been worrying us since last summer, when the problem began. Back then, the Vice-President and Councillor of Tourism of the Balearic Islands, Biel Barceló, made statements on this matter and the FEAAV warned him of the danger of its demonstrations.”

Stickers with anti-tourism messages have been stuck on hundreds of cars in Mallorca, with messages such as “tourism kills Mallorca”. Other messages read: “Have you ever thought that this car shouldn’t be here when you have seen one of the 100,000 rental cars that we have in Mallorca? Today is the day.”

Anti-tourism protesters have campaigned against city breakers and cruise ships this summer in Barcelona and Venice, while films have emerged of rental bikes and tour bikes having their tyres violently slashed.  An anti-tourism march is planned in Mallorca for August 17 against the 75.6 million tourists who visit Spain each year. The Canary Islands, which boasts 160 miles of beaches, attracts around nine million tourists annually.

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