Barcelona's tourists are urinating in the streets, ruining city, locals say

Barcelonians are reportedly at their wit’s end with the wild antics of rowdy tourists, who are said to be urinating in public, littering playgrounds with drug paraphernalia and passing out drunk in the streets of the Catalonian capital.

The Sun reported that residents are officially demanding answers from the city’s "left wing" mayor, Ada Colau, whose policies some feel have allowed “over-tourism” to root and ravage the historic city.

“People cannot rest. Many residents are leaving the barrio –people who were born here – because they cannot go on living like this,” Manel Martinez, vice president of the Barceloneta Neighbors’ Association, told The Telegraph in a recent interview.

A man takes a selfie at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, August 16, 2015. Barcelona's new mayor is picking a fight with home rental websites as she tries to crack down on uncontrolled tourism that she fears could drive out poor residents and spoil the Catalan capital's charm. Picture taken on August 16, 2015. REUTERS/Albert Gea - RTX1PQRT

A man takes a selfie at Las Ramblas in Barcelona.  (Reuters)

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“Do you do this in your own country? We don’t understand how people end up in this state,” he added.

As The Independent reported last year, Barcelona “has been stretched to a breaking point” through “massive overcrowding,” with a record number of tourists pouring into the city each year. The increasing popularity of home-sharing networks like Airbnb have increased foot traffic in the metropolis, in turn inspiring landlords to drive up rent in a move that threatens to push locals out.

Home to a population of around 1.6 million, over 15 million people have visited Barcelona in the last year, according to The Sun.

City councilman Alfred Bosch has said that things have gotten so bad, Barcelona will soon become “the drug capital of Europe” if policies do not change.

Banners against touristic apartments hang from balconies as people walk past them at Barceloneta neighborhood in Barcelona, Spain, August 18, 2015. Barcelona's new mayor is picking a fight with home rental websites as she tries to crack down on uncontrolled tourism that she fears could drive out poor residents and spoil the Catalan capital's charm. The banner reads "no touristic apartments". Picture taken on August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Albert Gea  - GF10000182219

Banners against touristic apartments hang from balconies as people walk past them at Barceloneta neighborhood in Barcelona, Spain. The banner reads "no touristic apartments."  (Reuters)

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Days ago, "sick" anti-tourism posters began popping up in the Spanish city, urging tourists to leap off balconies to their death, The Sun reports.

The campaign is thought to be linked to the city’s mounting “extreme anti-tourism movement,"  which includes protests from anti-tourism groups, one of which stormed buses in Barcelona and other Spanish citys to detonate smoky flairs and decry overtourism.

In similarly controversial travel news, the city of Paris has recently rolled out sidewalk urinals, in hopes of combatting public urination, NPR reports.

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