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The Canary Islands are taking action against mass tourism. Demonstrations also in Barcelona, ​​Amsterdam, London and Berlin

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The Canary Islands are taking action against mass tourism.  Demonstrations also in Barcelona, ​​Amsterdam, London and Berlin

The Canary Islands have a limit, the Canary Islands have a limit. Tens of thousands of residents on the eight islands of thearchipelago which they staged on Saturday 20 April simultaneous mobilisationsstarting at noon, to protest against a development model based on mass tourism and on the exploitation of the environment and natural resources which depletes the territory.

The demonstrators gathered by ecological and social associations therefore said enough to the excess tourism on the Canary Islands which is “unsustainable and benefits only a few, which does not have a positive impact on the islands, expels residents and makes coexistence difficult”.
To the mobilization, which only a Tenerife brought together over 15,000 people according to the police, other Iberian and foreign cities also joined, including Malaga, Granada, Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Amsterdam, London and Berlin.

The residents of the archipelago are calling for a change in the development paradigm of the sector, which, although it employs 40% of local employment and contributes to 36% of the islands’ GDP, “does not distribute wealth among the population, but causes aprice escalation of housing and is the cause ofworsening of inequalitieswith the risk of social exclusion of 33% of the population”, as he points out Pilar Artetaecologist from Lanzarote.

In 2023 the Canary Islands recorded the highest number of tourist arrivals in Spain, 13.9 million people. The resident population is 2.2 million individuals and has recorded record poverty rates – up to 33% of the population is at risk of exclusion – as reported by the annual Poverty in Spain report, Arope. Against the model of intensive exploitation, which “consumes a large amount of resources, concentrates on the coastal areas of the islands and transforms the territory”, the demonstrators demand “immediate measures” such as the establishment of an ecotax for tourists, a tourism moratorium and laws that allow preferential access to homes for residents and workers.

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