Over 3,000 Pharmacies in Catalunya have organised the first total closure in history today in protest of Government non-payments (read story here). Taxi drivers in Barcelona are threatening to strike on 31st October, a protest that would coincide with the planned metro strike against pay cuts on the same day (read story here). Barcelona City Council has agreed to give 20 disused plots of land in the city to nonprofit organisations, in order for them to create exhibitions, urban gardens and playgrounds (read story here).
The number of apartments rented to tourists legally has increased by 40% since 2011, with over 1000 landlords holding licensees as opposed to around 300 in 2011 (read story here). The district of Ciutat Vella will begin a new initiative this weekend, giving young people the opportunity to paint hundreds of shop-front shutters as part of a contractual apprenticeship; a program that celebrates the 18th anniversary of the Fundació Comtal (read story here). The former Prime Minister of Spain, José María Aznar, warns that the integrity of Catalunya is at risk without the stability of Spain (read story here).
The In-edit film festival opens this evening in Barcelona with a documentary of The Rolling Stones 1965 tour of Ireland (read story here).