Anti-tourism group in Mallorca vandalizes rental cars in protest against ‘mass tourism’, shares images online


An anti-tourism group in Spain is trying to send a message to visitors to one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations – by vandalizing rental cars from tourists on the island of Mallorca.

Earlier this week, the radical youth organization Arran shared images of its members targeting vehicles in the city of Palma and appearing to spray paint cars with the phrase “tourism massiu o veïnes” (mass tourism or neighbors), while breaking the windshield and puncturing the tires.

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The video, which was to the tune of Mungo Jerry’s “In the Summertime”, also opened with a message written in Catalan, claiming that there were more than 100,000 rental cars for tourists alone. in Mallorca.

In a legend, Arran further blamed the “saturation” of rental cars for the pollution of the island, and claimed that the island’s reputation as a “tourist showcase” was not sustainable.

Mallorca police confirmed on Tuesday that they are currently investigating the incident, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports. It is not known how many cars were actually vandalized during the incident.

Tourists and beach goers are seen along the beach outside the village of El Arenal, in Palma de Mallorca, August 6, 2019.
(Clara Margais / Picture Alliance via Getty Images)

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A representative from the Mallorca tourist office was not immediately available to comment on the incident. However, Ramon Bauza, the former head of government of the Balearic Islands, of which Mallorca is a part, responded directly to Arran’s video on Twitter, sharing the clip and urging his followers to fight “tourismfobia”.

“Many thanks to the tourists who use rental cars to visit the paradise we live in, revitalize our economy, enjoy our country through our islands and tell about the wonders we have in the Balearic Islands,” Bauza wrote. “WELCOME!”

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Arran’s actions in Mallorca are the group’s latest anti-tourism protests. Last summer in July, members of the group stormed double-decker tourist buses in Barcelona, ​​Valencia and Palma, setting off flares and unfurling banners urging authorities to “stop mass tourism“. The previous month, members of Arran also chained themselves to Gaudi’s sculpture in Barcelona to protest the effect of tourism on locals, who they say are exploited and forced to work for low wages.

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Last summer, Arran protested mass tourism and overcrowding by deploying signs and setting off flares on tourist buses in Barcelona, ​​Valencia and Palma.
(Arran / Facebook)

Far-left Arran, which is affiliated with Spain’s Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) party, is also known for slashing tires on buses and bicycles in a bid to thwart the tourism industry. And once, in August 2017, members set off smoke flares at a Mallorcan marina before throwing confetti in the faces of tourists dining nearby.

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The backlash against tourists, in general, has intensified in recent years across Spain, with anti-tourism marches being organized in Mallorca and San Sebastian. Many Barcelona residents have also spoken out against home sharing services such as AirBnb and HomeAway, accusing them of encouraging contractors and landlords to buy entire buildings and raise rents.

Spain, however, continues to be among the most popular tourist destinations on the planet, ranking second (after France) for tourist arrivals, with 83 million in 2018 alone, according to the World Tourism Organization. United Nations. Tourism dollars also account for up to 45% of the Balearic Islands’ economic output, AFP reports.

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A representative for Arran was not immediately available to comment on his video.


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