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Radical anti-tourism group in Spain storms, buses full of tourists to protest against the ‘mass tourism’

Resistance against the tourists in Barcelona has flared up in the last few years, with a number of groups complaining about the overcrowding and rising rents.

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An anti-tourism group in Spain, is lashing out against what they see as an influx of tourists that the destruction of the local culture.

Two members of Arran, a radical youth organization connected with Spain’s Popular Unity Candidature (CUP) party, stormed a double-decker bus in Barcelona, on Monday morning to protest against the “mass-tourism” in the Catalan countries, The Sun reports.

During the demonstration, the two Arran members of the ascended to the second level of the bus where they lit two torches and a banner unfurled with the words “Stop the mass tourism in the Catalan countries,” in the Catalan language.

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The two quickly left the bus, Barcelona and transport department confirmed. None of the tourists were injured, and no permanent damage to the bus was reported.

Arran later announced on Facebook that the Barcelona demonstration was one of the three they performed on Tuesday, along with photos of two others that supposedly took place in Valencia and Palma.

“In [the day] we have carried out a coordinated action in the cities of Barcelona, Valencia and Palma, on the jaw of the tourist model of the Catalan countries,” reads a translated statement posted on Arran’s Facebook page. “We have stopped 3 buses to expose that the massive tourism is sustained at the expense of our misery, that of the working class, being forced out of the neighborhoods by the outrageous increase of the rent, and condemned to work in precarious jobs with terrible wages.”

“It is not tourismphobia, it is a class struggle in order to survive!” the post concluded.

The bus attack is the latest of several demonstrations carried out by Arran, which proposes that large-scale tourism initiatives harmful to the countryside, force people out of their neighborhood, and “the food of the coastline,” The Express reported.

In June, the members of Arran, also chained themselves to Barcelona Gaudi sculpture — a popular tourist site to protest against the impact of tourism on the local population, with whom they say they are abused and forced to work for low wages. They also claimed that the Gaudi’s demonstration was “just the beginning” of a series of planned anti-tourms demonstrations planned for the summer.

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Previous tactics used by Arran-members include the spraying of the tourist buses with slogans reading “Tourism kills neighborhoods,” and slashing the tires of tourists’ bicycles and buses. In August 2017, Arran members in, Mallorca is also smoky torches, a marina, and threw confetti in the faces of the tourists restaurants in the area.

Gerardo Pisarello, first deputy mayor of Barcelona, has responded to the last protest, called it “a symbolic initiative,” The Express reports.

“It is one of the many that occur in Barcelona, we will have a debate in the city’s tourism model,” he added.

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Resistance against the tourists, in general, is the flare up in the past few years in Barcelona, in particular. Anti-tourism marches organized in Mallorca, and San Sebastian and Barcelona residents are especially pronounced on home-sharing services such as AirBnb and HomeAway leading entrepreneurs and landlords to buy all the buildings and jack up rent, The Independent reported.

A member of Arran once for a picture of the group is the problem of The Sun, telling the outlet that “the tourism here is totally out of control.”

“It is aimed at parties and uncontrollable, and it attracts all kinds of people who have no respect for the places they visit,” added the isle of Arran member.

“They leave it in a state that no one can then enjoy… The problem can be seen on the island.”

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