By Cathy Elelman • 29 July 2020 • 14:01
EMPTY: The Balearic government imposed a temporary ban on business activity on the street to stop excessive behaviour and revellers ignoring health safety measures.
CREDIT: Govern de les Illes Balears @GovernIllesBalears
WORKERS from Punta Ballena businesses took to the streets of Magaluf on Tuesday to protest against the Balearic government’s shutdown of Mallorca’s infamous party strip.
The regional administration imposed a temporary ban on business activity on the strip on July 15 to put a stop to booze-fuelled misbehaviour and revellers ignoring Covid-19 infection prevention recommendations.
Some 200 people took part in the demonstration. They marched down several of the locality’s main roads waving placards declaring their right to work during the tourist season.
“We are not delinquents, we are workers”, they said.
“People want to work to survive.”
The march ended with the reading out of a list of demands from the Balearic government, including better management of the tourist zone and more PCR testing of holidaymaker arriving in Mallorca.
There was also sharp criticism of what the protestors argued was Calvia council’s “disappointing” and “awful” management of the situation.
“They have not known how to manage a situation which has left more than 700 people on the street”, the demonstrators claimed.
“They have left Magaluf sick and on the edge of death.”
The Punta Ballena employees blamed the problem of crowds of tourists gathered in the street on a lack of police presence in the zone.
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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.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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