Spanish university expels male students after sexual threats go viral

A Spanish college dorm said Thursday it had evicted several male students caught on video shouting vulgar threats at a female residence across the street that went viral on social media, sparking widespread national outcry.

In the footage, which Reuters has not been able to verify, a person first shouts from a window of the Elias Ahuja residence in Madrid in the nearby Santa Monica girls’ dormitory.

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“Whores, come out of your holes like rabbits, you are fucking nymphomaniacs,” he says, while also threatening to force the women to submit to a “capea” — an outdoor party and amateur bullfight that usually involves a lot of alcohol.

Then, the video shows, dozens of the instigator’s inmates turn on the lights and open the shutters to also scream and sing in a very intimidating scene.

“We cannot tolerate such behavior that generates hatred and attacks women,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted. “It’s especially painful to see that the protagonists are young people… Enough machismo!”

‘Unacceptable and inexplicable’

Elias Ahuja is one of several private residences associated with the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), Spain’s largest state university. Residents pay nearly 1,200 euros ($1,187) per month for room and board.

The university said it would open an investigation and contact other colleges to punish those involved.

“We radically condemn these statements, they are unacceptable and inexplicable,” the director of the residence, Manuel Garcia Artiga, told the local radio station Cadena SER about the incident that happened Sunday evening.

A spokesman for the residence told state news agency Efe that several perpetrators had been identified and expelled, with others to follow. So far, no names have been announced.

Equality Minister Irene Montero said it is critical that young people learn about the importance of consent and stop reinforcing a “culture of rape and sexual terror”.

Spain has recently enacted tougher penalties for such foul language or behavior, qualifying all sex without consensual consent as rape. That came after the so-called “Wolf Pack” case that gave impetus to women’s rights demands.

In 2018, five men calling themselves a “wolf pack” were jailed for the lesser crime of sexual abuse after raping a young woman at the Pamplona bull run festival.

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