Spain: Hundreds demand financial aid amid shutdown of Magaluf's nightlife

Around 200 people marched through the streets of Magaluf on Friday demanding financial aid after the Balearic government closed its party strip, Punta Ballena street, due to the coronavirus crisis. Demonstrators marched to the rhythm of drums holding signs reading «We are taxpayers, not criminals» or «Let's save Magaluf», among others. «Today there are many ruined entrepreneurs, who because of bad management at the local, Balearic and national level have brought leisure guild to ruin,» said Juan Rodriguez, who acts as the spokesperson for Magaluf's leisure establishments. On July 15, the regional government decreed the closure of the establishments on Punta Ballena Street, known internationally for its nightlife, in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Businesses are demanding aid amid the shutdown of their economic activity in the middle of the tourist season. «Winter is approaching and it is becoming increasingly difficult for us to keep up with our expenses. There are many families who are having a hard time and we have to help. They haven't given us anything and we want them to help us,» commented Antonia Belmonte, a business owner from Magaluf.

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