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A new wave of anarchist attacks is expected to cause misery for tourists in Europe, amid warnings that separatists could target vacationers in a summer of angry protests.

It follows a terrifying protest in Mallorca that saw radicals carrying flares descend on a restaurant by the marina while waving anti-tourism banners.

A new engagement by Arran Països Catalans, the group behind the protest, has prompted warnings that holidaymakers could be injured in a summer of protests.

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The group also held up huge posters with various messages, including “Tourism kills Mallorca” and attacking what they describe as “the elite classes”.

Mallorca is hit by anti-tourism attacks with protesters carrying flares swarming a restaurant by the marina (pictured) and throwing confetti at terrified customers

Mallorca is hit by anti-tourism attacks with protesters carrying flares swarming a restaurant by the marina (pictured) and throwing confetti at terrified customers

Warning: ominous graffiti written in English in Barcelona warns tourists

Warning: ominous graffiti written in English in Barcelona warns tourists “not welcome”

It comes as another affiliate group, Endavant Ciutat Vella, released a video showing supporters committing vandalism across Barcelona, ​​including spray painting a sign saying: “Tourism kills the city”. The tourists go home. You are not welcome. ‘

Speaking to The Times, one of Arran’s executives, Laura Flores, said more attacks were planned.

The 24-year-old said: “Tourism makes the city too expensive to live in, as people rent their apartments to tourists and residents are forced to leave.

“It forces people to work in an industry where they are operated with low wages for long hours.”

The four men wrote

The four men wrote “tourism kills neighborhoods” in Catalan on the front of a bus in Barcelona

Following the warning, Salli Felton, chief executive of the Travel Foundation – a charity supporting sustainable tourism – told The Times: “The risk is that these protests will escalate and someone will be injured.”

Ms Felton said that at the moment the anger was directed at authorities rather than tourists, but warned that the backlash had been brewing for a few years and was likely to intensify.

And Noel Josephides, who chairs the Abta tour operators association, called the protests a “wake-up call” and said the anarchists were using “dangerous tactics”.

He urged tourists to be vigilant of the threat when traveling abroad.

Two weeks ago, a tourist bus was attacked in Barcelona, ​​with flat tires and slogans painted on the vehicle.

Terrified British tourist Andrew Carey told The Telegraph: “I really thought it was a terrorist attack and my number was up.”

On Wednesday, Arran posted a video of the protest on its social media sites encouraging “to cripple mass tourism which is destroying Mallorca.”

Following the warning, Salli Felton, chief executive of the Travel Foundation - a charity supporting sustainable tourism - told The Times:

Following the warning, Salli Felton, chief executive of the Travel Foundation – a charity supporting sustainable tourism – told The Times: “The risk is that these protests will escalate and someone will be injured.”

The Arran Països Catalans campaign group claimed responsibility for the Palma incident and promised other similar protests

The Arran Països Catalans campaign group claimed responsibility for the Palma incident and promised other similar protests

About 20 protesters wearing Arran shirts broke into the Mar de Nudos restaurant in Palma, the Mallorcan capital, around 8:30 p.m. in the evening.

They then threw confetti at customers, many of whom were strangers, who were said to be visibly upset.

The group also held up huge posters with various messages, including “Tourism kills Mallorca” and attacking what they describe as “the elite classes”.

Flares were launched in front of the restaurant as part of the protest.

The manager of the Mar de Nudos restaurant, Carmen Sánchez, told the Spanish newspaper Ultima Hora that the attack happened “around 8:30 pm”. About 20 young people in Arran t-shirts entered the restaurant and the customers, many of them foreigners, were very unhappy. ‘

Around 20 protesters wearing Arran shirts broke into the Mar de Nudos restaurant in Palma, the Mallorcan capital, around 8:30 p.m.

About 20 protesters wearing Arran shirts broke into the Mar de Nudos restaurant in Palma, the Mallorcan capital, around 8:30 p.m. in the evening.

Police were called but it is understood that no arrests have been made.

The restaurant is a few feet from the luxury yachts and towards the end of the video at least one of the activists can be seen jumping over the boats hidden by the pink smoke in order to avoid detection.

The group says mass tourism in Mallorca not only spoils the island, but “makes life a misery” for the working classes who cannot afford apartment rentals because they are hunted by vacationers and inflated prices.

Over the past month, anti-tourism banners have been displayed in other parts of the island, including the tourism department and hotels.

Those who support Arran’s actions say they are right to protest and they agree that the needs of tourists outweigh those of the locals.

“They are telling the truth,” said one of them. “The government is not doing anything about it.

The group claims that mass tourism in Mallorca not only ruins the island, but

The group says mass tourism in Mallorca not only spoils the island, but “makes life a misery” for the working classes who cannot afford apartment rentals because they are hunted by vacationers and inflated prices.

Others say such protests are unnecessary, pointing out that most jobs in Mallorca are created by tourism and that a family-run restaurant is not the right place for such a protest.

Tourism chiefs said they respect people’s right to protest, but “there are other procedures for expressing criticism, but not for intimidating people or causing property damage.”

Protest: Video posted on Twitter shows members of anti-tourism group

Protest: A video posted on Twitter shows members of the anti-tourism group “Arran” cutting tires on rental bikes in Barcelona, ​​Spain.

Four masked men were involved in the heist of the tourist bus in which British holidaymakers were traveling.

They feared they would be attacked by terrorists as the group applied slogans to the side of the open-top vehicle as it pulled up in front of FC Barcelona’s famous Nou Camp stadium.

The men smeared the words “El Turisme Mata Els Barris” in Catalan on the windshield of the bus, which in English translates to “Tourism kills neighborhoods”.

Arran says the incident was fully justified and was not violence but “a legitimate defense against mass tourism”.

The group says it has no intention of paying for damage to the tourist bus or bikes and is not ruling out further protests.

A new warning has been issued to tourists traveling to Spain following a series of protests by Arran Països Catalans (pictured here blocking a road in Barcelona during a protest in February)

A new warning has been issued to tourists traveling to Spain following a series of protests by Arran Països Catalans (pictured here blocking a road in Barcelona during a protest in February)

Group says tourism is responsible for lack of affordable housing and low wages

Group says tourism is responsible for lack of affordable housing and low wages


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