Chaos, fights, injuries and cars burned in the macrobotellón in Plaza España

BarcelonaYou only had to walk a few steps to see a fight or hear someone they had stolen or beaten. A few more steps and dozens of totally alien people kept dancing around their portable speakers. Although for many it was a big party, the macrobotellón of tens of thousands of people in Plaza España ended up out of control and with riots. A group of young people burned a car and threw glass bottles hard at the Guàrdia Urbana vans around a quarter to five in the morning. They broke the windows of the Fira de Barcelona and entered. “To burn everything, for the Mossos!” Shouted one of them from Avinguda Maria Cristina. They also burned containers.

By three in the morning, it was already clear that the party had gone out of control and that a minority had gone to bust the fun of the majority. Many minors and an immense majority around the age of 20. This journalist witnessed a fight between a group of young people, one of whom seriously threatened the other with a glass bottle. Warned, a Mossos agent assured that they could do nothing. “There are a lot of things in there, but we are for whatever comes our way,” he explained.

The staff at the door of the police station was small and, next to it, some SEM ambulances where people kept arriving. Some fainted from alcohol, one of them loaded by a group of young people who used a fence as a stretcher. But also many wounded. A man left with his head completely bandaged. And a couple reported being brutally beaten by a young man. She, with a bleeding face, was still desperate an hour after receiving and trying to resuscitate her boyfriend, who had a good time stunned. “He was very strong, he arrived, he kicked them and he kept kicking them when they were on the ground,” said a witness.

Two paramedics are caring for a young man whom some friends have transferred using a fence as a stretcher

Another young man was still carrying blood on his hands when he explained: “I found a boy who said he had been stabbed, had a deep wound in his back and took him to the toilet.” Crossing out with people arguing and about to get their hands on it wasn’t hard. The most complicated episodes were lived on Avinguda Maria Cristina, with containers and cars burned. At another time, a young man at the entrance to the subway confronted the guards because he did not want to put on his mask. He ended up handcuffed and with a bloody face, but when he left he warned the guards that there would be revenge: “Remember me! Remember me! ”

But around Plaça Espanya the party went on as if nothing had happened. The square was completely taken over by the young people, dancing and resting on the statues of the fountain or on an information kiosk, others using the uprooted stick of a bus stop to play limbo. The party had started quietly and peacefully for tens of thousands of young people who had decided that this was the place where everything was allowed. 17-year-old girls from Viladecans said they wanted “perreo, a lot of partying, rollerblading, drugs, fucking and forget this horrible year ”.

Young people at the fountain in Plaça Espanya during the second night of macrobottling at the La Mercè festivities

Roger and Albert, 19-year-old residents of Sants, had already announced at around 12pm that they would stay in Joan Miró Park because they saw a greater risk of theft in Plaça Espanya. With wine, gin with tropical juice and rum with glue in the plastic bag, they prepared a night with their friends. “We are all vaccinated, I have spent this year with a lot of fear, but it is already being removed,” said Roger.

“The pandemic is not over, but almost, I only notice the difference that I go to work with a mask and that there are no nightclubs,” said Alex, 20, who had come from Esparraguera just to have a beer. and leave. Her friends, Clara, Xènia and Ainhoa, would stay until dawn drinking Jagermaister with an energy drink. They all saw the future as “black” or “fucked up.” Alex, who opposes being Mosso, “gray”. Hours later, the uncontrolled chaos seemed to prove the girls right, though the question was not about the immediate future of the night. When things try to get back to normal, suddenly nothing is normal anymore.


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