British and French youths in clashes with police in Magaluf

BRITISH and French youths reportedly involved in clashes with police in the Punta Ballena area of Magaluf

Groups of young British and French tourists were reportedly involved when trouble erupted on the Balearic island of Mallorca in the early hours of Sunday, August 8, specifically in the Punta Ballena area of Magaluf, as the Local Police of Calvia, backed up by Guardia Civil officers struggled to contain crowds of drunken people who were allegedly hitting cars and generally causing mayhem.
The trouble started at around 1.30am in the morning, the same time that hospitality venues are looking to close their doors, to comply with local restrictions, and the police reported a crowd of around 500 drunken – and in some cases, people clearly under the influence of narcotics – young people, mostly of French and British nationality, who at first just seemed to want to continue partying, but which quickly escalated into wanting to cause damage.

According to the Mallorcan newspaper Ultima Hora, tourists even threw pepper spray cans at some passersby, with one of the most unpleasant moments coming when a British tourist apparently climbed onto the roof of a moving car and fell to the ground, at which point, his companions surrounded the vehicle and began to shake it violently. 

Amid this atmosphere, police officers were forced to intervene, with police charges that quickly dispersed the youths, many of whom took refuge on the beach, where they continued to drink until the authorities arrived to put a stop to this prohibited behaviour.
The Mallorcan town of Magaluf has over the years become one of the meccas for so-called drunken tourism, although this scene was reportedly reminiscent of those experienced in Madrid last Easter, when many young people from other countries descended on the streets wanting to party, without any kind of respect for the health situation, as reported by


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Chris King

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