Gang of British youths ransack Portuguese bar and bombard it with plastic chairs in late night attack caught on video
- The attack took place at the Aloha bar near Praia da Rocha in Portimão
- A large group of young people started a torrent of outdoor furniture at the bar last week
- Staff members tried to prevent furniture from breaking the glass front
- Portimão council said it would install security cameras and a civilian police rapid response team to prevent future incidents of violence
Footage has emerged of when a gang of rowdy British youths launched a surprising attack on a bar in a tourist town in Portugal’s Algarve region last week.
The Aloha bar, which is on the main street near Praia da Rocha in Portimão, was bombarded with a torrent of plastic chairs and outdoor furniture by a group of young men.
Local media reported that some members of the group clashed with another clan at the bar, but turned on staff and security when they tried to intervene.
The youths began throwing furniture at the bar’s glass doors during the brazen and seemingly unwarranted attack, which took place around 1am local time on Tuesday, June 20.
This is the shocking moment a gang of young Britons launched an attack on a bar in Portugal
Footage showing a crowd of up to 20 men violently throwing chairs towards the Aloha bar in Portimão, a city in the Algarve
Praia da Rocha was a relatively quiet fishing town until the 1980s when the local government embraced tourism. It is now a must-visit destination for foreign tourists looking for a boozy vacation on the Portuguese coast.
They continued to target staff members who stood outside to prevent furniture from smashing windows, although video did not appear to show any attempts at retaliation by staff.
Portuguese Civil Police in Portimão (PSP) released a statement saying they had identified seven of the youths involved in the attack after tracking them down at a local hotel.
MailOnline has contacted the PSP in Portimão for comment.
Portimão Council has meanwhile called for increased security in the area, confirming to the outlet Portugal Resident that it plans to install 32 CCTV cameras throughout the city, particularly in Praia da Rocha and in its main street, with the aim of reducing violent crime there.
The local authority has also been informed by the Minister of Internal Administration that the PSP will set up a permanent rapid intervention unit in Praia da Rocha to prevent similar attacks on property in the future.
According to local reports, seven young Britons have been identified by Public Security Police (PSP) following the shocking incident which took place in the early hours of June 20.
The youths continued to target staff members who stood outside to prevent furniture from smashing windows, although the video did not appear to show any attempt at retaliation by staff.
Praia da Rocha was a quiet fishing spot on Portugal’s southern coast until the 1980s when local authorities and businesses fully embraced the tourism industry.
The place is now a resort in its own right, with a series of glitzy hotels dotted around a center full of bars and restaurants while several other attractions such as water parks and a marina complex have also been installed.
But the area has seen several violent incidents in recent months following fights in alcohol-fueled bars and clashes in the streets.
Just a week before last Tuesday’s incident, another mass brawl broke out in Praia da Rocha in which two large groups of foreign tourists fought and threw each other outdoor furniture from the same way outside a nightclub.
Several of those involved needed medical assistance, and the PSP said some had criminal histories.