The local people hold a banner during the demonstration ” Barcelona no está and venta (Barcelona is not for the sale) against the tourism and urban renewal. The locals say that they should move to other cities because of the rising rents.
Barcelonians are reportedly at their wit’s end with the wild antics of noisy tourists, of whom it is said that the urinating in public, littering playgrounds with drug paraphernalia and passing drunk in the streets of the Catalan capital.
The Sun reported that residents are officially demanding answers from the city’s “left-wing” mayor, Ada Colau, which the policy what is the feeling that you have allowed “over-tourism” in the root-and wreaked havoc on the historic city.
“People who can not rest. Many residents are leaving the neighborhood –people who were born here – because they can’t live like this,” Manel Martinez, vice-president of the Barceloneta Neighbours’ Association, told The Telegraph in a recent interview
A man takes a selfie on Las Ramblas in Barcelona.
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“Do you do this in your own country? If We don’t understand how people end up in this state,” he added.
As The Independent reported last year, Barcelona “is stretched to a breaking point” and “massive overpopulation,” with a record number of tourists pouring into the city each year. The increasing popularity of home-sharing networks like Airbnb is increased foot traffic in the metropolis, in turn inspiring landlords to rent, in a move that threatens to push the local population.
Home to a population of approximately 1.6 million, more than 15 million people visited Barcelona in the past year, according to The Sun.
Councillor Alfred Bosch has said that things have gotten so bad, Barcelona will soon be “the drug capital of Europe,” if policies do not change.
Banners against tourist apartments hang from the balconies as people walk past them on the district of Barceloneta in Barcelona, Spain. The banner with the text “no tourist apartments.”
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Just a few days ago, the “sick” anti-tourism posters began popping up in the Spanish city, for the tourists to leap from balcony to their death, The Sun reports. The campaign is thought to be linked to the city assembly of the “extreme anti-tourism movement,” the outlet states.
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