It seems that many citizens in Spain are against the ongoing expansion of betting shops. They believe that instead of betting, people should do some other, more decent activities (as they put it).
In a time where celebrities (especially sportsmen) are supporting betting by participating in promotions and commercials, it is in no wonder why there has been some alarm among Spanish citizenry.
Adrián Belaire, a spokesman that organized the citizen march against betting shops, stated that betting shops are ruining the neighborhoods and that this has to stop.
The betting market in Spain has grown significantly since 2014. In a period between 2012-2017 online gambling increased by 387%, going from 2.8 billion euros ) to over 13 billion euros.
The largest protester’s march is in Madrid, especially in central areas where betting shops are bordering schools.
“We are not after any kind of regulation. 20 bookmakers are a problem, but one alone is too,” he said.
“These places cannot exist in the city or the neighborhoods because they are always going to be next to leisure centers, primary schools, high schools, libraries or parks,” said Belaire, who said the situation in Madrid was a reflection of a problem that exists throughout the country.”