Coronavirus fears close ‘drug town’ in Spain’s Mallorca

CLEAR MESSAGE: Slum residents want to keep outsiders away CREDIT: marc Twitter @marcCbomber1

RESIDENTS of a slum known as the Mallorca’s ‘drug town’ have blocked entry to outsiders over fears of coronavirus contagion.

A group of locals put up a makeshift barrier on the entrance road to Son Banya on Monday morning, with a large, rudimentary sign balanced on an old sofa warning that anyone who doesn’t live there is not allowed in.

The concern over social distancing is somewhat more lax inside the slum according to Spanish press, with reports that just yesterday there were around 30 people gathering outside their homes.

There were also reports of an incident earlier today when several youngsters threw stones at a car trying to get to the locality.

Last year Palma City Council launched procedures for evicting Son Banya residents and tearing down the slum.

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Cathy Elelman

Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.

Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.

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