Activists who claim that tourism in Spain is destroying Spanish cities, driving up rents and forcing out young people are staging protests outside restaurants and hotels and in public areas.

This summer four hooded activists attacked a tourist bus in Barcelona, slashing tyres and spraying slogans on it. In other incidents smoke flares were set off outside a seafront restaurant in Palma, Majorca, and paint was sprayed across the HQ of the Basque Country Tourist Board.

The Spanish Association of Travel Agents has warned that the protests could escalate into “incidents of real violence” against visitors to Spain, where tourism employs 2.5 million people.

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