A Spanish university residence said on Thursday it had expelled several male students who were recorded in a video that has gone viral on social media, in which they are heard shouting sexist threats outside a residence. across the street, sparking a national wave of outrage.
In the images, which Reuters has not been able to verify, a person can be heard screaming first from a window of the Elías Ahuja college in Madrid to the nearby Santa Mónica female residence.
“Bitches, come out of your burrows like rabbits,” he says, also threatening to make the women submit to a “capea,” an open-air bullfight party for amateurs that usually involves heavy drinking.
Next, as the video shows, dozens of the instigator’s neighbors turn on the lights and open the blinds to also shout and chant in a highly intimidating scene.
“We cannot tolerate these behaviors that generate hatred and attack women,” the president of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez , wrote on the social network Twitter (NYSE: TWTR ). “It is especially painful to see that the protagonists are young people. (…) Enough of machismo!”
“UNACCEPTABLE AND INEXPLICABLE”
The Elías Ahuja is one of several private residences attached to the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), the largest public university in Spain. Residents pay almost 1,200 euros ($1,187) a month for room and board.
The university said it has opened an investigation and will contact other universities to punish those involved.
“We radically condemn these expressions, they are unacceptable and inexplicable,” the director of the residence, Manuel García Artiga, told Cadena SER about the incident that occurred on Sunday night.
A spokesman for the residence told the state news agency Efe that several perpetrators had been identified and expelled, and that others were to be. At this time, no names have been made public.
Equality Minister Irene Montero said it is crucial that young people learn about the importance of consent and stop reinforcing what she called a “culture of rape and sexual terror.”
Recently, Spain approved harsher penalties for this type of abusive language or behavior, qualifying all non-consensual sexual intercourse as rape. This occurred after the so-called “la Manada” case, which gave impetus to demands for women’s rights.
In 2018, five men who referred to themselves as a “herd” were imprisoned for the crime of sexual abuse after gang raping a young woman in the Pamplona confinements.