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People Keep Throwing Eggs at Tourists in Barcelona

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A tourist takes a picture of the city's panorama as he stands next to a wall graffiti reading at Park Guell in Barcelona on Aug. 10.

A tourist takes a picture of the city's panorama as he stands next to a wall graffiti reading at Park Guell in Barcelona on Aug. 10.

Photographer: Josep Lago/AFP via Getty Images

When Edgar Torras started leading tours of Barcelona, locals thanked him for bringing in tourists. Seventeen years later, they pelted his customers with eggs and the city has further restricted his route to avoid over-crowding in the historic center.

“Suddenly we seem to be the enemy,” said Torras, founder of Barcelona Segway Glides.