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Protesters Squirt Water Guns At Tourists In Spain

Protesters Squirt Water Guns At Tourists In Spain
Jul 9 2024 Share

Over 150 organisations and social movements took to Barcelona’s streets, symbolically sealing off hotels and restaurant terraces in protest against tourist overcrowding.

This demonstration follows similar protests in the Canary Islands and Mallorca in recent months.

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Approximately 3,000 people gathered on Saturday evening, chanting “tourists, go home,” and demanding measures to curb tourism ahead of a summer season expected to set new records in Catalonia.

Martí Cusó, spokesperson for the Association of Neighbours of the Gothic Quarter, emphasised the need for a fairer economic model that reduces tourism.

Barcelona, Spain’s most visited city, struggles with over-tourism, receiving an average of 32 million visitors annually, many arriving on cruise ships. In response, the city council has voted to raise the tourist tax to €4 per person starting in October.

A local resident expressed concern about the impact of tourism and speculation on housing, highlighting the need for decent housing for Spaniards.

To address the housing crisis, particularly acute in tourist-heavy cities like Barcelona, the city council announced a plan to eliminate around 10,000 tourist flat licenses over the next five years. This measure aims to prioritise residential use and reflects a broader global trend of cities combating the adverse effects of mass tourism on local life.

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Kids Enjoy Foam Party Ahead Of Żurrieq Festa

Kids Enjoy Foam Party Ahead Of Żurrieq Festa
Jul 9 2024 Share

A foam party was held in Żurrieq ahead of the village feast by the Sezzjoni Nisa Karmelitani.

Children from the locality and elsewhere met together to enjoy some cool foam as a hot day started to come to an end.

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Water slide castles and some snacks like cotton candy were also provided for all those in attended as the excitement for the feast ramps up in the village.

The activity forms part of the Festa Tfal initiative which seeks to include the kids and the youth in the festa tradition, which is part and parcel of almost every Maltese locality.

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Heat Warning As Temperatures To Soar To 35°C

Heat Warning As Temperatures To Soar To 35°C
Jul 9 2024 Share

A heat warning has been issued by the MET Office due to intense heat as maximum temperatures are expected to reach 35°C today.

Temperatures are set to remain just as hot throughout this entire week, feeling like 36°C by Thursday 11th July.

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The overall weather is expected to be hot and sunny, with Monday being somewhat hazy – as reported by Facebook weather page ‘It-Temp Madwarna’.

The incoming heat is being attributed to an African anticyclone which is heating up after a number of milder days in terms of temperature.

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Local Diver Captures Footage Of Rare Monk Seal

Local Diver Captures Footage Of Rare Monk Seal
Jul 9 2024 Share

Dive Systems Malta’s Sergey Markov shared footage he and his fellow divers took of the rare monk seal in Maltese waters.

Despite not revealing the exact location of the marine mammal (which many commenters seemingly agreed with), the seal was found hiding in a shallow cave.

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‘The Monk Seal is native to the Mediterranean and an endangered species with only an estimated 1,000 individuals still roaming the sea’, he explained.

‘The seal was last spotted in Malta over 30 years ago’, but this proved to be a unique experience for the divers.

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Source: @divesystemsmalta

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