The police in Madrid were powerless to dissolve a crowd at a huge gathering of students in the Ciudad universitaria de la Complutense de Madrid despite a ban on such events.
Some 25 000 people at the University City of Madrid celebrated the start of the winter semester on Friday, with a gathering that brought together mostly young people.
The police confirmed that dissolving the crowd was “an almost impossible task,” so the agents limited themselves to checking that there were no incidents and to guarding the entrances and exits of the subway. Madrid police said they did not have enough officers available.
In the video that accompanied this news, one can see the thousands of attendees in the vicinity of schools such as Philology and Law, almost all of them without masks.
Mass gatherings were common in Ciudad Universitaria before the pandemic which brought together thousands of young people on the campus.
But Spaniards are still subject to restrictions because of the pandemic. At the institution in Madrid, authorities are urging social distancing, smaller groups and ventilation. Mass parties are being held in a parallel universe, professor Jesus Perez Gil complained on Twitter.
Social media footage showed participants dancing and drinking alcohol at the huge open-air party, Spanish newspaper El Pais reported. These street parties are called “botellones” in Spain, where drinking alcohol in public can result in heavy fines.
Some 8000 participants also gathered on the campus of the Autonomous University in Barcelona, the newspaper La Vanguardia reported.
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