The second night of the macro-bottle on Avenida de María Cristina, in Barcelona, due to the Mercé festivities, ended with riots and 43 injuries, three of them serious. Thousands of young people had gathered last night around Plaza de España to drink and dance without respecting safety distances and without masks.
Some groups have caused damage to the Palacio de Congresos, have burned containers, trees and some vehicles. They have also thrown glass bottles against the agents of the Urban Guard who tried to disperse the attendees, as has been seen in some videos posted on social networks. Sources of the Medical Emergency System have informed Efe that they have assisted 43 people as a result of the macro-bottle and the incidents that occurred in the square. Of these, 17 had minor injuries, another 23 are in less serious condition and three have serious injuries.
Barcelona was not the only bottle registered tonight in Catalonia. More than 3,000 young people have participated at dawn this Friday in another university macro-bottle in the Dehesa de Girona park. The initial call, which was made through WhatsApp, was planned for the stairs of the Fontajau pavilion, but it was finally transferred to the Dehesa, according to the Diario de Girona.
The Mossos and the Local Police were patrolling the vicinity of the area all night, until the party broke up around six in the morning, without any identification being made, because there were no incidents.
The student group has been demanding the opening of nightlife since classes were resumed at the University of Girona. Speaking to the Diario de Girona, the Councilor for Security of the City Council, Eduard Berloso, has recognized that “it is difficult to control” these bottles because when the young people find out they are already in the area. However, Berloso hopes that similar situations will not occur for the Fires de Sant Narcís, which are held at the end of October.