FIVE Brits have been arrested on suspicion of a HATE crime after violent scenes broke out in Magaluf between prostitutes and protesters who want them off the streets.
The five appeared before a court in Calvia on Friday and were released pending further investigations.
Solarpix African prostitutes told to get out of Magaluf by locals and Brits during the clashes on the party island
The court summons occurred after around 20 Nigerian prostitutes complained to police they had been insulted and assaulted by protesters who filmed them without their consent.
Police said statements were taken from all of them and their fingerprints and pictures were recorded.
British business owners in Magaluf say they are “furious” over the arrests because “nothing untoward happened” during the protest and they believe they are being picked on, not the prostitutes.
“Nobody does anything against the prostitutes who attack and rob our tourists. We go out to the street to protest and it turns out that now we are the bad guys. I do not understand anything,” one of them told Spanish newspaper Ultimahora.es.
Solarpix Police have accused five arrested of a hate crime after violent scenes broke out in Magaluf between prostitutes and protesters who want them off the streets
Solarpix Brits attend the Police station in Calvia yesterday to give evidence and support to those arrested
The shock development in the ongoing battle to rid Magaluf of the prostitutes has caused consternation among British workers and businessmen.
One confirmed today: “The outcome with the police wasn’t good. Our friends are being charged with hate crimes and are awaiting court. We have to rethink this again and change our tactics.”
One of those who now faces a court summons is a Magaluf bar manager from Darlington, Co Durham.
He confirmed today he was among the Brits “charged” with hate crimes and disturbing the peace, although the police accusation is not a formal judicial charge. Formal charges if they occur are likely to be months away because of the slowness of the Spanish judicial system.
Solarpix The British group coordinating protests claimed they were making a stand against the “prostitutes who have robbed, stabbed, bullied and attacked not only holidaymakers but the residents and seasonal workers of Magaluf”. Clashes break out between angry Brit expats and prostitutes in Magaluf
The British group coordinating protests against the women claimed they were making a stand against the “prostitutes who have robbed, stabbed, bullied and attacked not only holidaymakers but the residents and seasonal workers of Magaluf”.
But the prostitutes say they are being harassed every night, claiming they have been attacked with pepper spray and beaten up, with several of them having to go to a medical centre for treatment.
They haven’t been able to get official residence papers and as some have children, the only work they can do is prostitution, they added.
Solarpix But the prostitutes claim they are being harassed every night
A protest earlier this week ended up turning ugly as the women were chased off the streets while being videoed on mobile phones to shouts of “The tourists are not coming because of you.”
Another of the protestors yelled: “What happens if you go back to your own countries and rob people. They slit your throats, right?”
One of the women picked up a block of wood as she was pursued by a large group of men yelling: “Get out, get out.”
The Mayor of Calvia, Alfonso Rodríguez Badal previously warned that citizen security was being put at risk by the ongoing controversy over the number of Nigerian prostitutes and insisted more Civil Guard officers were needed to combat the criminal gangs controlling the women.
Solarpix The women were followed during the clashes on the party island