There is disagreement over banning what is already illegal.

24-05-2017Teresa Ayuga

Palma's councillor for public safety, Angelica Pastor, will prohibit illegal street selling in the bylaw that regulates the use of public areas, more commonly referred to as the "botellón" law. This will be when the town hall approves the bylaw on the occupation of the public way. This also has something of a nickname - the terraces' law.

While it might be though that this should bring an end to the clash between Pastor of PSOE and Aurora Jhardi, the Podemos deputy mayor public function, Jhardi said the she didn't know about Pastor's decision.

The disagreement between the two has been a reason why it has been proving impossible to finalise and pass the terraces' bylaw. Jhardi had removed the prohibition of illegal street selling from its draft. She maintains that it shouldn't be in this bylaw. "It doesn't make sense either politically or legally, as we need to consider the whole issue (of street selling) and not just its superficiality. It is a human rights' matter, and I'm not about to apply a bandage."

Pastor, though, believes that the street selling should continue to be prohibited, which is what legitimate traders want.

Yesterday's council session considered the matter, the Partido Popular having re-presented a motion that had been rejected by the town hall administration at a committee meeting last week. This was to the surprise of the PP, who had agreed with Pastor that the full council should vote to maintain the ban on illegal street selling.

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Geoff Dominy / Hace over 3 years

Human rights? For who? Illegal sellers selling counterfeit goods and avoiding taxes? Sorry but some politicians need to use the old carpentry saying 'measure twice, cut once'. In their case they need to 'think twice, talk once'. If we use this logic, we can all break the law and then claim that by stopping us from doing so, you are abusing our human rights. Why is it acceptable to raid the stores and confiscate counterfeit goods (and lay charges) but allow others to sell them on the street? We need to bring back something that we lost a long, long time ago.....COMMON SENSE!

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John P / Hace over 3 years

Who votes for these people to represent them? Andy has said what all locals know,but for "some" reason they look the other way. Once again who runs this island,politicians,police,or others? Now we have "Human Rights" being thrown in the mix! We have Human Rights to be able to have a meal,a drink without dodgy goods being shoved under our noses every 5 minutes

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Andy Rawson / Hace over 3 years

Most of the illegal street sellers in Calvia sell drugs to the tourists, end of. Anyone who had worked the street at night can see this. Sunglasses, hats and bags are just a cover which allow them to do the deals with tourists. They sell the drugs for the Mallorquin mafia who grow it on the island or ship it in from North Africa. They also provide the Senegalese with false jobs so they are legal (the head of the Mallorcan Senegal Association was arrested earlier this year). The rest is quite straightforward to work out...

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