Furious Ibiza residents hit back at 'tourism abuse': Protesters claim island is blighted by crime, noise and overcrowding
- Campaign group Prou!is planning series of public protests against 'abuse'
- It is calling for a limit on tourist arrivals and tougher rules on noise levels
- Locals claim island feels like 'one big nightclub' and is plagued by crime
Furious residents in Ibiza are planning to hit back at 'tourism abuse' on the island with a series of public protests.
The campaign group Prou! is fed-up with 'noise, illegal activities and privatisation of the coast.'
They say the whole island often seems like one big nightclub and something has to be done to halt the decline of the popular Balearic destination.
Campaign group Prou! claim the whole island often seems like one big nightclub. Pictured above, narrow streets with cafes and bars at night are filled with tourists in old town Ibiza
Crime, says Prou!, is 'widespread' and there are too many tourists on the island, leading to over-crowding.
They want the government to put a limit on arrivals.
'We don't blame the tourists themselves,' said a spokesman. 'It's the local authorities and business-people who have allowed the current situation to be reached.'
A series of demonstrations are being planned but Prou! says they will be peaceful and silent.
'There is a general feeling of passivity and neglect,' said one angry resident at a campaign meeting.
'We are fed up with what is happening in Ibiza,' said another.
The group is calling for a limit on arrivals and tougher rules on noise levels, unauthorised clubs and drinking hours as well as the safeguarding of protected land. Pictured above, a bay near Portinatx, Ibiza
The organisation is gathering backing through Facebook and is calling on supporters to take part in various actions.
Prou! says it realises the huge importance of the tourism industry for Ibiza but feels there have to be controls and sanctions if the rules are broken.
This includes noise levels, unauthorised nightclubs, drinking hours and the safeguarding of protected land.
A school teacher, Agustin Garcia told Diario de Ibiza: 'The word collapse is on everyone's lips. Ibiza is in danger of becoming a theme park. Tourism must have limits, as a matter of survival.'
Various protests are being planned for between now and the start of the 2017 summer season. Pictured above, is the picturesque Ibiza Town harbour
The group says everywhere on the island seems to be turning into discos, including hotels, boats and country houses.
Residents complain that the noise from some clubs is so loud that even when they are in their bedrooms, it feels as though they are inside the premises themselves.
Various protests are being planned for between now and the start of the 2017 summer season.
A spokesman for Prou! said: 'We are fed up with complaining so we have decided to take action. We want to restore peace and tranquillity to the island.
He added: 'We want to live peacefully at home without fear and increase the quality of life for residents and visitors.'
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