Businesses suffer as people fear to visit Son Gotleu

BUSINESS owners in Son Gotleu have complained that sales have dropped since the fight between gypsies and Nigerians at the end of last month. Shop owners say that since the fight, which resulted in the death of African man Efosa Okosun, people are afraid and do not come to the district of Palma to do their shopping, as well as many people having moved away.

“Now, on top of the economic crisis, we also have to live in fear of going out in our own neighbourhood” residents and business owners complain.

There is no longer a massive police presence in Son Gotleu, but many people, especially the elderly, have preferred to move to the homes of relatives in other areas until it all settles down, one business owner told the local press.

Residents report that the African people who live in the area are also afraid to leave their homes in case there is another incident, and many of the gypsies have left.

Bars in the area say that in the days following the confrontations, there were days that they made less than €20, and normally busy shops made less than €100.

People who often visited the area to purchase goods in a certain shop are now afraid to visit.

Others complain that the area has been abandoned by the city hall for years, with no proper cleaning services, no repairs and no surveillance.

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