The return to normality and the recovery of tourist activity in Palma during the present seasonwhich is already facing its final stretch, has been accompanied by a outbreak of illegal street vending in the main urban axes from the city.
In fact, the manteros already compete, as equals, with the merchants legal street vendors installed in the central Plaza Mayor of Palma, where the top blanket spreads and consolidates its illegal activity. Their bags, wallets, t-shirts, shoes… They are some more products for sale for the thousands of tourists and residents who pass through this usual passage area of the historic center of the Balearic capital before the indifference of the socialist mayor José Hila.
While the coalition government of PSOE, independentistas of Més and Podemos does not forgive or reduce taxes on small businesses by one eurosuffocated after two years of pandemic and that this season can finally recover its level of activity from the years before the pandemic, illegal street vendors of all kinds of counterfeit products roam freely from one end of Palma to the other.
From the beachfront areas, around the Cathedral and in the Plaza Mayor, just 150 meters from Palma City Hall.
All this in the face of the indifference of a municipal government whose Socialist Councilor for Citizen Security, Joana Maria Adrover, only performs specific performances and sporadic against this illegal activity. In most cases in Playa de Palma, and usually aimed at the confiscation of beverages, in general, beer cans and water bottles. However, they are scarce, the actions against the sub-Saharan street vendors, in many cases, extremely violent.
There are no ongoing special police operations to put pressure on some illegal vendors who are worth little sanction given that the fines are generally uncollectible.
Already this summer and in the face of this exponential growth of this illegal activity, the small business association Afedeco expressed its concern about this increase in the sale of counterfeit products, since as its president pointed out, Toni Gayà, “represents a grievance for local commerce, with significant economic and job losses. It is enough that we walk through the main streets of the city center to observe how street vending has proliferated. It is a practice that should be persecuted and penalized without contemplation because it directly affects the commercial sector of our islands.
With the addition that, as those affected pointed out, the consumption and marketing of counterfeit products “they have very pernicious effects that go beyond the borders of the economic and harm the protection of the environment, the preservation of public health and the development of R&D in companies.”
When the season is already heading into the final stretch, the activity, far from diminishing, remains on the rise and the proposals approved in the plenary session unanimously by the formations of the government team and the opposition have been of little use, urging an increase in police pressure against this phenomenon.