Residents of Mallorca will occupy beaches in protest against overtourism

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The action group Mallorca Platja Tour is calling on all residents of Mallorca to take to the beaches en masse to protest against overtourism. With this, the group joins the recent demonstrations in which participants are demanding that governments consider a different and more sustainable tourism model.

According to the organizers, this initiative is a logical follow-up to last Saturday’s massive anti-tourism demonstration. The new campaign is organized under the hashtag #OcupemLesNostresPlatges (We occupy Our Beaches).

Demonstration against overtourism on June 16
On Saturday, June 1 at 10 am, Mallorca Platja Tour hopes that residents will come together on Cala Galiota in Colònia de Sant Jordi and other beaches. The goal is to “fill” the beaches and prepare for a major demonstration on Sunday, June 16. “We call on all residents to go to a nearby beach, swim and enjoy as before. Prepare the trampó (traditional salad), pineapple and apricots to spend the day,” said one of Mallorca Platja Tour’s posts on social media.

Great support on social media
The call has received a lot of support on social media and has created a lot of enthusiasm among residents. “Excellent idea. Please come to Arenal and make sure not an inch is left for the tourists,” reads one of the responses.

Response to statements by Vox spokesperson

This action against overtourism follows the controversial statement by Manuela Cañadas, spokesperson for Vox in Parliament. After the anti-tourism demonstration, she said: “Mallorcans cannot expect to be able to go to the beach in peace and quiet in July and August as they did years ago.” She added that the islanders could go hungry as a result of all the anti-tourism statements. Tourists would simply find more attractive destinations. These comments went down very poorly with many islanders.

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