sábado, 23 de agosto de 2014
A veure si essent la riota internacional obliguen a fer cumplir les ordenances
Once it was a pretty fishing village on the outskirts of Barcelona. Then, after the 1992 Olympics and gentrification, the tourists came — many of them British and many of them behaving badly.
Last week, residents decided enough was enough: the fashionable neighbourhood of Barceloneta was not going to become another magnet for stag and hen parties. Impromptu protests involving 200 residents began a week ago and have continued daily. Outside one of the flats rented to holidaymakers
It all started with three drunk Italian men swanning through Barcelona’s La Barceloneta area in the nude for three hours. They even popped into a shop, much to their own amusement. The incident was the final straw for residents and around a hundred of them took to the streets in several spontaneous protests this week, demanding that the local government do more to help stop “drunken tourism”.
More than 7.4 million tourists visited Barcelona in 2012, compared with the city’s population of 1.6 million.
“We’re tired of low-cost, drunken tourism,” Oriol Casabella, head of the La Barceloneta neighbourhood association, told the Guardian. “It’s killing our neighbourhood and dissuading other types of tourists. It’s Magaluf all over again.”
“Imagine that you’re in a tiny house, with three children, unemployed with no money for vacations and you have to put up with the screams and fiesta of tourists next door,” resident Andrés Antebi said. “It’s unbearable.”