The protest in Magalluf on Friday.

04-09-2020Michel's

On Friday evening, some two hundred people took part in a protest in Magalluf. Taking the same route that a demonstration had at the end of July, Friday's protest was to highlight the "critical" condition of businesses in the resort - nightlife businesses in particular - and to demand financial aid.

There was a meeting between the town hall and the Calvia Association of Businesses and Workers a few weeks ago, but it wouldn't appear to have achieved anything. The association's president, Juan Rodríguez, says that administrations at all levels - town hall, regional, national - have ruined the hospitality industry. Meanwhile, businesses continue to be charged taxes despite being closed. "We don't have enough to eat."

He is particularly critical of Calvia's mayor, Alfonso Rodríguez. When they met in August there was a good rapport. Juan Rodríguez now believes that the mayor should resign. At their meeting there had been a promise to find solutions by the first week of September. There have not been solutions, and Juan Rodríguez says that the association feels that it was deceived. He accuses the mayor of a "lack of loyalty".

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Cliff / Hace 4 months

Hopefully Punta Bellena or the adjoining streets will never open again, next on the agenda BCM square. Pond-life tourists goodbye....

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Peter / Hace 4 months

Idiots, the administrations haven't ruined the "businesses", the pandemic has, and not just here either. None of these protesters have proper jobs, and the vast majority don't have trades, or even speak the language. Ger off back home where you belong....

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Harry / Hace 4 months

Rich + 1

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Lizz / Hace 4 months

Pondlife tourists keep your rates bill down to an acceptable level, let’s just see how much you’re willing to pay without the Pondlife. Mallorca and in particular Magaluf will never attract the sort of tourists you want, as lovely as it is it will never have the same level of attraction as the top resorts in France Italy, Montenegro and the like. All you can do Is hope that you continue to get the Spanish pensioners in October, I’m sure they will save the day

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rich / Hace 4 months

Palmadave, what is your desied demographic? 60+ middle class? Everybody goes on holiday to let loose. Do you want to bulldoze Nikki Beach? I guarantee you there will be far more cocaine use going on there than there usually on any other bar on the strip. Like all things in life the rich know how to get away with it. Magaluf is what it is, to change it will take years not a bulldozer. I find your comment quite naive.

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rich / Hace 4 months

I'm going to hazard a guess and say that the previous two commentators wish for a more middle class clientele to holiday in Mallorca. I take it the majority would be from the UK. Before wishing for this please ask Cressida Dick which is the main demographic for cocain use. Be careful what you wish for , depleted revenues will have to come from somewhere.... and it certainly won't be from those hit hardest by the pandemic. Put your villas on the market before negative equity raises its ugly head.

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Palmadave / Hace 4 months

Perfect time for Mallorca to rid itself of the disgusting so called 'businesses' that attract the dregs to Magaluf. Bulldoze the lot, then build some quality accommodation to attract top quality tourists. Do this and be proud of your Island.

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Leo / Hace 4 months

Surely they know there are many thousands of others suffering and likely to go hungry. For the workers I have sympathy but not the owners,they should have enough "fat reserves" to see them through.

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Burgundy Blue / Hace 4 months

No. Absolutely not a single penny.

As Calvin's Mayor has already told you: "we don't want these pondlife tourists, and we don't want the scuzzy jobs that cater for them."

Go and get yourself some real work instead of supplying illegal party boats or stocking your premises with illegal drugs.

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