There Is A Naked Italian Tourist Problem In Spain

Photos of three nude Italian tourists, who frolicked around Spain’s La Barceloneta neighborhood for three hours last friday, has sparked protests against tourists’ anti-social behavior.

100 Barcelona residents took to the streets calling on local officials to do more to combat their city’s “drunken tourism” problem.

“We’re tired of low-cost, drunken tourism,” said La Barceloneta neighborhood association leader, Oriol Casabella to Britian’s The Guardian. “It’s killing our neighborhood and dissuading other types of tourists. It’s Magaluf all over again.”

The Guardian adds:

The naked tourists were the latest incident in an ongoing conversation Barcelona has been having in recent years about the number and the type of tourists visiting the city. The number of tourists visiting has jumped drastically in recent years, from 1.7 million in 1990 to more than 7.4 million in 2012. As residents attempt to go about their lives in a city where tourists often far outnumber the 1.6 million residents, the number of complaints about noise, nudity, public drunkenness and littering has rocketed.

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On Wednesday, the city councillor for La Barceloneta, Mercè Homs, sought to calm the situation. Speaking to reporters, she said the municipality would adopt a policy of “zero tolerance” on antisocial behaviour and that the residents would have support from city officials to deal with the situation. She promised to sit down with the residents of La Barceloneta in September and noted that in the past few days the city had increased the police presence in the neighbourhood. She added pointedly: “We’re working to ensure that tourist rentals don’t generate noise problems or bother neighbours.”

Somehow, we fail to see the problem with nudity!

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