UK tourists vow 'we are leaving' Majorca as 300 Spanish locals 'storm' beaches

Holidaymakers from Britain have been warned after the Balearic Islands faced fresh tension on Sunday (June 16) with Majorca locals taking action over what they perceive to be overtourism.
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Locals in Majorca have taken to the beaches in a protest against what they perceive as "overtourism" by UK holidaymakers.

The Balearic Islands saw fresh tensions on Sunday (June 16) as around 300 people "occupied" Calo des Moro in Santanyi, according to island newspaper, Majorca Daily Bulletin.

The protest was organised by social media group Mallorca Platja Tour and began at 8am with just 20 people. As the day progressed, numbers swelled.

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The organisers stated: "We want to spend a day at the beach with people from here."

They added: "To do so we had to come at eight in the morning, otherwise it would have been impossible."

Promising a fun and festive day, the locals aimed to enjoy a swim while also protesting against overcrowding that hinders residents' access to beaches. The protest was scheduled to end at 1pm, reports Birmingham Live.

In response to the occupation, one Brit took to social media to question: "Why ohh why do people want to go to places they are not wanted ? They wanted you years ago when they were little villagers but they have grown in size and they don't want you anymore , leave them to themselves and why they have no more revenue coming in they'll be crying for you to go back , don't go let them eat cake go to place that make you welcome? ".

"Reduce the number of Hotels seems to be the obvious route -if this is a problem ? If the Majorcans are not careful , nobody will come back next year and they will have to power their economy from the Majorcan car industry," one individual commented on Facebook.

"These issues seen increasingly, especially in small islands, are indicative of one major fact, Too many people. islands have the wrong mix of holiday accommodation/affordable accommodation for workers to wait on those holidaying... all down to greed somewhere in the chain," another person added.