Attendees at the demonstration were waving banners with slogans which read Fight for our heritage and Save Es Trenc referring to the stretch of virgin beach adjacent to the land where the hotel is to be built. United Left leader Manel Carmona said yesterday that his members are outraged that the Balearic government has seen fit to list the project as being of regional interest because of the boost it will give to the economy in terms of income from tourism and in job creation. Carmona said that the level of opposition to the plans is so great that this week in Congress, questions from United Left MPs will be put to CentralGovernment's Environment Minister Manuel Arias Cañete over the issue.
The questions will ask firstly whether the declaration of the hotel project at Sa Rapita as being in the Balearic regional interest falls within already established environmental law, and secondly what does the Minister intend to do to stop the destruction of irreplaceable natural heritage.
The United Left is not the first to stage protests over the hotel plans. Already 16'000 signatures have been collected by a Save Sa Rapita lobby and presented to the Balearic government.