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Fury on the streets of Ibiza as 1,000 protesters march against mass tourism amid backlash against drunken British holidaymakers – with banners reading ‘we don’t want cement island’ and ‘not like this’


Up to 1,000 protesters marched against mass tourism in Ibiza amid a backlash against drunken British holidaymakers.

Activists held up banners reading «We don’t want an island of cement» and «Tourism yes, but not like this» as they gathered outside the island’s council headquarters.

A noisy protest started at 8pm in Ibiza Town last night – another is due to take place tonight in Mallorca’s capital Palma.

Tonight’s march is expected to attract thousands of people and is expected to be the biggest of its kind since protests in the Canary Islands last month.

The organizers of the Ibiza demo, a group called Prou ​​Eivissa – which literally means «Enough of Ibiza», met the president of Ibiza, Vicente Mario, before taking to the streets.

Tourist hotspots such as Palma, Llucmajor and Magaluf in Mallorca and San Antonio in Ibiza have stepped up efforts to curb rowdy behavior by imposing fines for street drinking, banning shops from selling alcohol at night and restricting party boats.

Activists held up banners reading «We don’t want an island of cement» and «Tourism yes, but not like this» as they gathered outside the island’s council headquarters.

A noisy protest started at 8pm in Ibiza Town last night - another is due to take place tonight in Mallorca's capital Palma.

A noisy protest started at 8pm in Ibiza town last night – another is due to take place tonight in Mallorca’s capital Palma

The organizers of the demo in Ibiza, a group called Prou ​​Eivissa - which literally means

The organizers of the demo in Ibiza, a group called Prou ​​Eivissa – which literally means «Enough of Ibiza», met the president of Ibiza, Vicente Mari, before taking to the streets.

Among the protesters' demands are a limit on the number of vehicles that can enter the island in the summer and a ban on the use of taxpayers' cash to promote Ibiza as a tourist destination.

Among the protesters’ demands are a limit on the number of vehicles that can enter the island in the summer and a ban on the use of taxpayers’ cash to promote Ibiza as a tourist destination.

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In a bid to tighten the island’s legislation by 2020, party-goers now face fines of €500 to €1,500 (£430 to £1,290) if their street drinking «disrupts coexistence, involves crowds or impairs the tranquility of the environment».

Among the protesters’ demands are a limit on the number of vehicles that can enter the island in the summer and a ban on the use of taxpayers’ cash to promote Ibiza as a tourist destination.

At the end of the protest, a letter was read from an Ibiza-born woman who linked her decision to leave the island with her family and move to mainland Spain to a «destructive» tourism model that led to «more cars, more tourists and more rudeness.»

Ahead of last night’s protest, organizers said: “We are absolutely fed up with the failure to properly address the complaints of so many citizens about the ill effects of massive and selfish tourism that ignores the future of the island.

“Our beautiful island is in danger. Tourist crowds affect not only our quality of life, but also the beauty and authenticity that make Ibiza such a special place.

“Tourist overcrowding makes the cost of living unaffordable for many residents.

«We are fighting for an Ibiza where we can all live with dignity. It’s time to raise our voices and protect our home.”

The protest comes a month after thousands of people in the Canary Islands took to the streets of the Atlantic archipelago to demonstrate against the problems caused by mass tourism and demand that their politicians intervene.

At the end of the protest, a letter was read from a woman born in Ibiza who linked her decision to leave the island with her family and move to the Spanish mainland to the

At the end of the protest, a letter was read from a woman born in Ibiza who linked her decision to leave the island with her family and move to the Spanish mainland to the «destructive» tourism model. Pictured: Port and old town of Ibiza

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Protesters gathered in Weyler Square in Tenerife's capital Santa Cruz, the starting point for the march on Britain's popular holiday island

Protesters gathered in Weyler Square in Tenerife’s capital Santa Cruz, the starting point for the march on Britain’s popular holiday island

A woman raises her fist as she pounds the streets to protest the level of tourism on the holiday islands

A woman raises her fist as she pounds the streets to protest the level of tourism on the holiday islands

Government officials in Tenerife, where protesters held placards reading: «You enjoy us suffering» and «Now moratorium on tourism», said about 30,000 people attended, but organizers put the figure at 80,000.

Tonight, a platform called Banc del Temps organized a separate protest against the «overcrowding of tourists» in the center of Palma under the slogan «Mallorca no se vende», which is Spanish for «Mallorca is not for sale».

The idea of ​​an airport protest in peak tourist season, which includes collapsing Palma airport with cars, was discussed at a brainstorming session more than a week ago organized by the association Menys Turisme, which translates to «less tourism, more life» in English.

Mass protests in front of hotels and on beaches were also put forward as proposals for a citizens’ assembly, attended by more than 300 people.

Anti-tourist graffiti has appeared in both Mallorca and Tenerife in recent months.

Some foreign tourists have shown their support for the issues raised by the activists, but others have accused them of biting the hand that feeds them.

A British tourist who celebrated her birthday in San Antonio’s tumultuous West End overnight said the regional government’s tougher restrictions meant to promote responsible tourism were «stupid».

They cover the party area as well as Magaluf’s party strip Punta Ballena and include a ban on street alcohol consumption as well as orders for liquor shops to close at night.

Tourist hotspots such as Palma, Llucmajor and Magaluf in Mallorca and San Antonio in Ibiza have stepped up efforts to curb rowdy behavior by issuing fines for street drinking.

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The new rules include a ban on drinks in public places, graffiti, scooters and even nudism and semi-nudism.  Pictured: Revelers in Mallorca

The new rules include a ban on drinks in public places, graffiti, scooters and even nudism and semi-nudism. Pictured: Revelers in Mallorca

A Mallorcan town is enjoying a hen party this weekend as the rules come into force

A Mallorcan town is enjoying a hen party this weekend as the rules come into force

Party ships were no longer allowed to approach the designated areas closer than one nautical mile (1,852 km) and were prohibited from picking up or dropping off passengers.

Shops selling alcohol in «over-tourism» areas must now close completely between 9.30pm and 8am, rather than simply stop selling booze between those hours.

The strict rules, which also ban tourists from organizing drinking parties in public, spraying graffiti, riding scooters and showing nudity, are to remain in place until at least December 2027 – by which time the government hopes the law will no longer be necessary.

A spokesman for Pro Eivissa said: “We don’t want any tourism, but we want a different tourism.

“We want some checks. We want our beautiful island back.”



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