Brit expats run riot across Spain after booze ban ends

Published:  22 May at 6 PM
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Brits in Benidorm have been granted two more hours’ boozing time as a reward for not breaching coronavirus rulings.

British expats in Benidorm who’re still angry about yet another delay to easing the lockdown rulings should now be feeling far happier as they’ve been granted two more hours’ drinking time. With the closing of all restaurants, pubs and bars now extended to 1a.m, local expats can now get totally smashed before they stagger home. However, serious drinkers are still forced to stay on terraces and pavements outside the bars and pubs, a decision which has angered many in the expat community as well as a local mayor.

According to the government, it’s doing its best to make the right decisions for the good of locals, expat residents and any tourists who’re still there due to lockdowns in their home countries. Obviously, it also needs to ensure all security and health checks are maintained, but Benidorm’s mayor told reporters he’s absolutely no idea why his area is still being penalised as he hasn’t been privy to any official reasons or figures showing the town’s infections and death rates.

However, the scenes in Malaga last weekend just after the pubs were allowed to open could give a reason why Benidorm isn’t yet getting the green light. Malaga’s popular ‘strip’ officially known as the Paseo de Pedregalejo, saw violence erupt between various drunken expat groups including Brits and Europeans. Chairs and waste bins were being hurled by both sides, with at least 12 drunken revellers fighting and leaving one of their number wounded on the ground. Police were called to break up the violence, but all involved had fled long before the local law arrived.

The fight was one of several which broke out the same evening, with participants seen urinating and vomiting in the street as well as using local alleyways as toilets. A knife fight between two drunken groups in a Costa del Sol bar resulted in the arrests of six Brits, with one barfly left with serious injuries after being stabbed in his stomach. It seems Benidorm was the only expat hub without drunken violence once the bars were opened, as expats seemed to be all smiles as they sat and sipped their first post-lockdown beers.
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