Running street battles in Magaluf as drunk Brits fight just days after famous strip was closed over bad behaviour
DRUNK Brits were spotted fighting in Magaluf just days after the famous strip was closed amid bad behaviour.
A furious resident filmed two groups of about 30 lads brawling after they were refused access to one of the premises.
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The video shows the Brits taunting each other as well as security guards wearing black outfits and white masks.
It clearly shows the lads involved in confrontations and punches are pulled on several occasions.
At one stage, a young man lies in the middle of the road for more than a minute before struggling to get up and walk away.
Others are seen running down the main road past hotels.
The Punta Ballena area of Magaluf is closed but this hasn't stopped Brits from causing trouble while abroad.
Brits were seen shouting at the Plaza Emporium and along Avenida de Magaluf which have not yet been affected by the closure.
One social media user claimed businesses were "not interested" in calling the police due to the fear that traders would be ordered to shut their doors.
Another simply asked: "Where is the police?"
Cops were reportedly supposed to be cracking down on boozy Brits – days after the iconic Punta Ballena strip was forced to close.
Spanish police were pictured patrolling the streets after tourists flocked to packed-out bars on the Balearic island earlier this week, with few observing social distancing rules.
It was a response to grim scenes last week where drunken revellers were snapped vomiting and jumping up and down on cars.
Hundreds reportedly hit the strip without any coronavirus fears.
Masks, which are now compulsory in tourist hotspots such as Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentina, were nowhere to be seen.
The shocking scenes were a big blow to those who hoped new anti-social behaviour laws introduced in the resort would transform its trashy image.
Before the strip's closure, one angry local took to social media to rage: “Total chaos in Punta Ballena. Hundreds of sons of b*****s from Great Britain."
Locals feared the problem would escalate as more bars re-open and the number of holidaymakers would grow.
'PRE COVID TRADITIONS'
The number of Brit holidaymakers flying to Spain has been growing since June 21 when they were allowed in for the first time in three months.
Costa holidaymakers were given a boost on Friday after quarantine was scrapped for people arriving at English airports from Spain.
One said: "At the moment the main six bars in Punta Ballena are open but in two weeks’ time everything’s going to be open so things are going to get worse unless the police manage to put a handle on it."
“The scenes you saw the other night in Magaluf are the response to tourists’ anger at bars having to close at 2am.
“There was no violence but it’s the sort of image the local authorities were hoping they wouldn’t have to see this summer.”
Another blasted the shocking scenes of Brits abroad, saying, "What a joy to see the traditions before COVID enter our lives."
The scenes were dubbed the "new normality" for Magaluf, words that Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez has used to describe life after the pandemic.
Balearics Islands tourism minister Iago Negueruela said his government would be “especially vigilant” to police the decree designed to eradicate drunken tourism.
Officials in Magaluf feared that the pandemic could mark the end of booze-fuelled tourism but that was before Spain opened its borders to international tourism.
The anti ‘trash tourism’ decree has been billed as the first in Europe to restrict the promotion and sale of alcohol in specific areas of the Balearic Islands including Magaluf and San Antonio on neighbouring Ibiza.
It includes a three-drinks alcohol limit during meals at all-inclusive hotels, a pub crawl ban and fines of more than £50,000 for holidaymakers caught jumping from hotel balconies.
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