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Monday, August 29, 2005

A peep in the void of Guirilandia

A letter to the editor in today’s La Vanguardia

Turisme de borratxos

X. V. - 29/08/2005 BARCELONA

Quatre dels 13 detinguts a les festes de Gràcia són turistes. Gran part dels qui embruten les platges de Barcelona també són de fora, i igualment són estrangers molts dels que provoquen brutícia i molèsties a Ciutat Vella. És gent que al seu país no actuaria de la mateixa manera.

Quin dret creuen tenir aquests individus de venir aquí a fer el que vulguin, sense cap tipus de respecte? Són alemanys, centreeuropeus, italians, escandinaus... El problema no se soluciona només amb educació.

Drunken tourism

4 of the 13 people arrested in the Gracias festivities are tourists. [Last week the Barcelona neighborhood of Gracia held its annual festival in which there were many incidents of vandalism and rioting] A large part of those that litter the beaches of Barcelona are also from the outside, and those that provoke dirtiness and irritation in the old town are strangers as well. They are people that would never act the same way in their own country.

What right do these individuals think they have to come here and do whatever they feel like, without any type of respect? They are Germans, Central Europeans, Italians, Scandinavians… The problem can only be solved by education.