RESIDENTS in a Barcelona district – La Barceloneta – have protested against a rise in unruly tourism, including a fad for carousing naked in public, and demand more control over low-cost accommodation.
|La Barceloneta |
by amaianos from Galicia via Wikimedia Commons
The protest marches come after complaints of raucous late-night partying, increasing litter and drunken antics such as nudity around town.
Barcelona's city hall says it would create inspection teams to carry out door-to-door searches in the neighbourhood to locate illegal tourist flats, which residents blame for anti-social tourism.
‘We don't want tourist flats in the neighbourhood, with or without licences," read a statement on the Facebook page used by locals to organize the protests.
Residents of La Barceloneta, once a small fishing village, have been draping their balconies with banners calling on visitors to respect their sleep and the neighbourhood for years.
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