Culture-enriching “youths” have been engaging in mischievous hijinks lately on the streets of Barcelona, stealing motorcycles, breaking into ATMs, and indulging in other sorts of youthful fun, while recording it all on their cell phones. The video below is a compilation of their pranks, as recorded by the youngsters themselves.
The accompanying article from the Catalan digital news outlet El Nacional (also translated by Pampasnasturtium) describes the antics of those high-spirited youngsters in the video:
Youngsters out of control in Barcelona: They break ATMs, steal motorcycles, and they’re armed
May 13, 2020
Mossos d’Esquadra [Catalan regional police force] and Guàrdia Urbana [municipal police force] in Barcelona are worried due to the appearance, in different social media, of several videos in which groups of young people, all of them of Maghrebi origin, show firearms, stolen motorcycles and large amounts of cash.
In the video, which has circulated during recent days, and which is now in hands of the Mossos d’Esquadra, and which ElCaso.cat has had access to this morning, it can also be seen how the youngsters insult the Mossos and Guàrdia Urbana agents of Barcelona. One of the images shows how one of these youngsters jumps onto a city police van.
Insults towards police, motorbikes against ATMs…
In other video frames it can clearly be seen how the youngsters throw motorbikes, and there’s reason to believe they’re stolen, against the ATM of a branch of ‘LaCaixa’ bank.
Video frames are interspersed with photos where big sums of cash and there’s also a picture where one of the youngsters holds a gun to the head of another person. Small (intentional) fires can also be seen and homophobic insults against Mossos d’Esquadra are heard.
Violence on the streets of Barcelona
The video, which lasts some two minutes and was made out of fragmented clips also published on social media such as Instagram, demonstrates the degree of violence with which these youngsters act against the police and also against other citizens.
Caption for the embedded photo: One of the video frames, where one of the perps is seen holding a firearm.
Although the video has been shared in recent days, it is not clear whether it was recorded during the coronavirus emergency lockdown. Anyway, the images leave no room for doubt: it is in Barcelona.
According to Mossos d’Esquadra sources, the Catalan police are aware of the existence of these videos, and some of the youngsters that show up in it are known to the investigators. Many of them have a police record, and all of them are nationals of Maghrebi-area countries.
|00:01||[Half-intelligible] We can invite the guys that rule because they’re cool…|
|00:44||[Half-intelligible] Get over here!|
|00:59||[Instagram location marker] Alfons el Magnànim Street |
|1.||Translator’s note: I’ve only been able to recognize, at 00:32, one of the sites as very likely being Tetuan Square, not a no-go zone at all, but rather a very nice residential and commercial area close by the center of the city.|
|2.||Translator’s note: Video 00:01: a pun on words, impossible to translate literally from Spanish to English: “Podemos invitar a los chavales del rollo más pollo”, but I think something like the above matches the intention and expression.|
|3.||Translator’s note: Video 00:59: Alfons el Magnànim Street — A more or less long street cutting through the northeastern-most borough of the city, bordering north with Badalona. Both the borough and Badalona were formerly industrial and working-class areas. Currently both are Latino— Chinese— and Arab-enriched zones, in different proportions. The street ends in La Mina, formerly a slum and an epicenter of Gipsy life in the city.