Palma Mallorca protest by hospitality sector

Another protest is planned for this coming Friday.

18-01-2021Jaume Morey

Last week's protest by hospitality sector businesspeople and employees has led the national government delegation in the Balearics to propose fines for seven people amounting to 124,000 euros.

One of the seven faces a total fine of 46,200 euros. This is for five offences - three serious (each 15,000 euros) and two minor (both 600 euros). According to the police investigation, this particular individual had a megaphone and was encouraging demonstrators to act against police officers and to enter public buildings. He led the protesters from the government's headquarters to the Balearic parliament, where he lit a flare and again encouraged people to enter the building. At one point, he allegedly threw a stone at the police. On various occasions he insulted police officers, showed them disrespect and made obscene gestures.

The three serious offences are for serious disruption of public safety in front of parliament; causing disorder in public spaces and on roads, leading to serious disruption of public safety; and the use of flares and pyrotechnic materials. The two minor offences are for showing disrespect of the police and for having organised the protest, despite it having been banned.

A person who smashed a window at the parliament building with a stone faces a 30,000 euro fine. Others face sanctions for similar public order offences, although the main organiser, the restaurant proprietor Victor Sánchez, only faces a fine for a minor offence - 600 euros for organising "a concentration of people in places of public transit, despite this having been prohibited".


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Juan García / Hace 12 months

ILLEGAL PROTEST. They knew the consequences.


Probably people got infected of Coronavirus, so we all lose.


James T / Hace 12 months

The more people behave like this, the more infections we'll have and the longer it'll be before we get back to something resembling normality. Here's hoping the Guardia turn up next time - no need to bother with fines then!


George / Hace 12 months

Tyrany! Police should join the people against a government that handles a crisis with nothing more than limiting people rights and persecution of anyone who disagree with measures that have been proven wrong many times. Instead we have fines, new restrictions and persecutions... Shameful


James w / Hace 12 months

There's gonna be double the amount of people there Friday and it isn't just people from the hospitality sector. It's people that had enough of Tyranny.


Mark Badoer / Hace 12 months

It sounds like a mini Capitol storming, which is no doubt what these people had in mind. Like "if they can do it, we can". All that was missing was a guy with a dead bison on his head. But, breaking the law and demolishing (public) property is just not on. So the fines are justified I would say. If there is no deterent to this, things will get out of hand quickly.