Thousands of Barcelona residents protest overtourism

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Thousands of Barcelona residents have taken to the streets to protest overtourism.

Around 3,000 people from over 140 organisations took to the streets of the Spanish city on Saturday afternoon, spraying tourists with water and shouting “tourists go home”. Hotel and restaurant entrances were symbolically closed off.

They are calling for action before a summer season that experts say will set new records in the city and the wider region of Catalonia. Barcelona is Spain’s most visited city receiving 12 million people a year, many of whom arrive via¬†cruise ship.

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