Male students stage mass shouting display at university in Spain

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Massive outrage was sparked in Spain this week when more than 100 male students took part in a mass appeal event at a college in Madrid.

In a shocking video shared on social media, dozens of windows all open at once to reveal groups of backlit young men shouting coordinated abuse towards an all-female university nearby.

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The exhibition was presented on Sunday by students from Elías Ahuja College.

In the video, the students sing in Spanish: “Who*es, come out of your burrows like rabbits, you fucking nymphomaniacs. I promise you you f— into bullfighting! Go Ahuja!

Rita Maestre, spokeswoman for Más Madrid, a progressive party, shared the video on Twitter. In Spanish, she denounced the behavior of the students, writing: “Then they will wonder why we are afraid of the street.

Elías Ahuja College released a public statement on Wednesday calling the behavior “unacceptable.” The school condemned the public display as “incomprehensible and inadmissible in society”.

Elías Ahuja said he would take action against the students involved, issue a public apology, and ensure the student body attends required gender equality classes.

Álvaro Nieto, the college’s deputy director, told a Spanish newspaper that the student suspected of being behind the event had already been expelled. He hinted that more deportations were to come.

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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez also commented on the display and said the country must send a “united and common message of rejection of these macho behaviors which are inexplicable, unjustifiable and absolutely repugnant”.

“We don’t give any excuses for these behaviors, they don’t reflect the majority of Spanish society,” Sánchez said.

Spanish media El Público reported that it was not the first time that students from Elías Ahuja had organized such an event. He said singing is treated as a tradition at the start of the school year. The outlet also alleged that students in the past have been filmed singing songs while using Nazi salutes.

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Gender equality and anti-rape legislation have been at the center of national discussions in Spain for several years now.

In August, the Spanish government passed long-awaited legislation, known as the ‘Only Yes Means Yes’ Bill, which ensures that any sex that takes place without clear consent can now be prosecuted as rape. Before this law, for a crime to be considered rape, there had to be violence and coercion.

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Carol N. Valencia