The end of the restrictions due to Covid-19 and the entry of the new course have meant the return of a national sport to the streets of our country. If the International Olympic Committee recognized it as such, Spain would be world champion. That’s right, we are talking about the bottle. The images of the past weekends speak for themselves.
Two weeks ago it was Madrid’s turn, with a macro bottle of 25,000 young people in the University City that resulted in 11 people treated by the emergency services, including a young woman who came close to losing his left arm.
And last weekend, it was the turn of the city. The three days of the Mercé festivities left a significant trail of destruction, fights, attacks on the police and petty theft in shops. Those three days of revelry ended with 80 people treated by medical services and about 50 detainees. The joy of the “new normal”.
The bottle – it is said of the activity that consists of drinking huge amounts of alcohol on public roads – has been practiced in Spain since time immemorial. Almost everyone born from the end of the dictatorship to the beginning of the 21st century has practiced it at some point. Nevertheless, the end of restrictions on mobility, gathering and night closings it has driven the youngest to unsuspected limits.
EL ESPAÑOL has carried out a street survey in the center of Madrid to see what Generation Z thinks or centennial —those between 18 and 25 years old– of these disorders and of being criminalized for a behavior that previous generations, to a greater or lesser extent, have had. Already said the most influential guy in the history of mankind: He who is free from sin, let him cast the first stone.
Gabriel He is 19 years old, he studies journalism – a good choice – and he was last Friday the 17th in the macro-bottle of the University City of Madrid. “I had never been to a bottle this big”, he confesses.
Although he assures that he did not like the experience, he does not believe that what he experienced that weekend was so serious: “I have seen things on Twitter of ‘what a shame, I don’t know what’ … I think the reactions are exaggerated. I understand that it seems wrong to you and that you do not want to go. I think that most of the people who were there have already passed a year of restrictions and are aware, responsible and know what can happen if they go ”. He assures that “he would not go again” and that an acquaintance was one of the 11 people who left there by ambulance. “He hit his head.”
“Were the people very out of control?”
—Yes, I didn’t like the experience, but because of the people, not because there was a lot of accumulation.
—What would you say to those who are now a little older who criticize your behavior?
– Let them think about what they were 10 or 20 years ago. We are in our best moment and we want to take advantage of it and enjoy it. Then when we have a job and to pay for such, we will no longer be able to do this.
Gabriel’s arguments are very similar to those of Marco, a young man from Malaga, 18 years old. “With more than 80% of the population vaccinated and after two years of pandemic, I think it is time to return to life as before, even if little by little. That we are criminalized so much seems a bit out of place ”.
“The bottles can be, in part, bad because people lose their heads, they fight over anything and destroy urban furniture. But speaking of the Covid issue, I think it’s time to move forward, man. “
“Let’s see, it’s a lack of control”
A bottle, like the simple gesture of drinking in the street, should not be a problem. But these types of meetings often bring vandalism, noise, the street smells of pee and a park wakes up covered in plastic bags and empty bottles. That, yes, peace reigns. But fights are common in the bottles. Even Barbara, who does not drink or drink, has seen fights caused by people who transform when alcohol reaches their blood. All the interviewees in this report have seen anger or even suffered it.
“I go out to party and I don’t crowd. When I go out I see a lot of people who don’t do what they should do, ”says Bárbara, who is 18 years old and has never stepped on a bottle. “I don’t drink, directly. And when I go out to party, four or five people go ”. A notable exception with respect to the rest of the testimonies.
At the other end, they are Alba and Patricia, sociology students, aged 20 and 21, respectively. One is from a town in Orense and the other, from Arenas de San Pedro (Ávila) and the pandemic has prevented them from doing university life in conditions. Up to now. Both were in the bottle of the University City.
“It seems to me that you have to see it from the point of view that everyone has been young. That suddenly they take away your socialization, which is something super important so that you can develop because, after a while, that has to come out somewhere, ”says Patricia. “Let’s see, it is a lack of control, we are not going to deny it”adds Alba. “We spent a bit.”
They assure that they did not see any fight, although they arrived early and left soon. The problems came in the wee hours of the morning. “The police could not evict people, but they were aware that there was no problem or anything.”
-Did you have a good time?
-Yes, the truth is yes.
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