By Isha Sesay • 17 February 2020 • 14:12
EMT protestors had planned to join a rally on Monday. Credit: À. Cañellas
THE planned protest against changes to EMT bus routes in Spain’s Palma de Mallorca was cancelled on Monday, February 17, due to the Residents’ Associations not having the correct authorisation to hold the rally.
The associations had failed to inform the Consell de Mallorca about their planned demonstration, but have stated their intentions to organise a new protest once the necessary permits are in place.
Organised by the Federation of Veïnats de sa Ciutat and the Son Armadans Neighbourhood Association, residents had planned to converge in Palma. They had wanted to block the city centre with hundreds of cars for at least a week in a bid to show their anger against the raft of changes made to EMT’s bus network.
The protest was likely to cause heavy traffic in some of the most populous areas of the capital, including Es Fortí, Sa Teulera, Amics de Santa Catalina, Passeig del Born, Es Molinar and Ses Cases Noves des Coll.
However, the both associations have vowed to continue demonstrating until Palma City Council rectifies the changes made to bus lines 2, 5, 3, 15, 35 and 29, which they say have negatively impacted their day-to-day lives.
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