Tourists object to ‘public sex’ beach protests in Spain

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In a small western city in Spain, controversial artists lie in wait for tourists.

Their patter is often lewd — then loud. Things have pretty much gone unnoticed until now. They’re not prostitutes, mind, but the kind of people who sometimes have sex, or spend a long time, on the beach.

It’s happening in a stark northern part of the Balearic island of Mallorca, which sits off the Mediterranean coast of southern Europe.

Some have even gotten tattoos on themselves in an attempt to be identified by onlookers.

“This is the same work that the group of artists do each summer in Mallorca,” Iniesta Hestia, a photographer from Spain, who has followed the protest as it progresses, told CNN.

“But this year the authorities are giving them more problems than before.”

Her images show the art group’s activities and the employees of a beach club who have had to temporarily close the area.

Shocked tourists and locals have filled the beach club’s Facebook page, complaining that the art group — styled the “Dune Leja Demonassettes” — is disrupting people’s enjoyment.

Locals in Santa Eulalia flocked to the beach club after work to protest the protest. The club had a permit to stay open until 6 p.m. and closes at 3 a.m. it had a loud music ban, the owner of the beach club, Felipe Alfaro, said.

Photos showing the tattooed art group at work have recently been broadcast live on “Daily News Mallorca,” a local news programme.

However, the art group, which the owner of the beach club says is non-commercially exploited, has indicated that they will continue to protest until their demands are met.

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