‘Tourists go home’: Leftists resist Spain’s influx

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BBC News: Youths in Catalonia and the Basque Country have daubed the slogan “tourists go home” on some buildings – just as foreigners flock to Spain on holiday, spending millions of euros.

A spokesperson for leftist Catalans behind the protests said today’s model of mass tourism was impoverishing working-class people.

Leftist Basques plan to stage an anti-tourism march on 17 August in San Sebastian, during a major festival.

Semana Grande (Big Week) is a week-long celebration of Basque culture.

Regional officials say the protests are isolated – and insist that tourists are welcome. They deplore the acts of vandalism, and stress that tourism is a vital industry for Spain.

A record 75.6 million tourists visited Spain in 2016 – and Catalonia hosted 18 million of them, making it the most popular region.  Read more.