Two mounted police officers on horseback watch on the sand, meters from lounge chairs and people walking in bikinis on one of the most popular beaches in Pinamar. Between the Boutique Spa and the public entrance, around 4 p.m. this Sunday a party is organized. There are about 400 young people. A group of at least eight policemen from Buenos Aires approaches and asks groups of friends to open the ice cream parlors. Some leave, but others have to empty bottles of fernet and beer in the sand.
“They are ortivas, there is no need”, says María (17). A few minutes pass and the party is put back together around a speaker. Each one brings their drink. They all dance like they’re at the bowling alley. There is no lack of shaking, the choreo of the best songs with hands up and, of course, the lift.
Of course, umbrella life creeps onto the scene. A chipá vendor talks to a group of girls in mesh with his basket on his head and the churrero tries – unsuccessfully – to impose his voice among the boys. It does not sell anything.
Police on horseback control the beaches in Pinamar. Photo: Fernando De la Orden
Antonio (52) had camped with his family between flip flops and lounge chairs. “It is impossible to control”, he tells Clarion, while gesturing that he did not care much.
“Recently the police were reviewing conservatives, but the control is half to the point, because the party was put back together right awayThere should be someone controlling social distancing all the time, they come for a little while and they leave, ”he adds.
Victoria is sitting in a circle with her friends. They are 19 years old, they are from Rosario – like most of the boys and girls who were this Sunday – and it is already the third day that they go to the beach. On Saturday, the Buenos Aires Police forced them to disperse with quadricycles, as shown in the video that went viral. “It was a bit violent, because we were standing still and they were circling us, to separate the groups. I got scared”, Reports.
Hundreds of young people got together to dance this Sunday in Pinamar. Photo: Fernando De la Orden
The day before, on Friday, the Buenos Aires, which has 900 troops in the framework of the Sol operation in Pinamar, had dispersed another party in the place. Teenagers were approached three times: the first with warnings. At the third, they kidnapped the speaker.
Someone jumps with a glass in his hand and the water drenches those who jump to the rhythm of the music. The Covid does not “worry” them, they say, because the vast majority came with young friends. “I have more chances of a plane falling from the ceiling to die of coronavirus,” defines a 19-year-old boy.
Another 17-year-old girl argues that it is the “least bad” way to have a party. “It is worse that we get together in a house and two hours later the police fall. There we are all infected for sure, instead here the air circulates more ”, he analyzes and points around:“ Besides, Do you see someone with a chinstrap on the beach?”.
The rules that nobody dictated but almost everyone follows are clear. The mask is used to circulate around inns and restaurants. On the street, it is almost “a choice” and many are seen with bare noses. And when they step on the sand, they all take it out, except the odd one.
Marcos had a party on Saturday night, at the house in Pinamar Norte that they rented with nine friends. “I ate a fine that will go between the 200 thousand and 500 thousand pesos from what I was finding out, although they still did not notify us “, he tells this newspaper and, immediately, clarifies that they had invited 50 people until” out of nowhere ” they had 400 people and people kept falling. “The very aggressive police came. They threatened me that yes or yes I had to sign an act, “he says.
Once again parties on the beach of Pinamar, with hundreds of young people. Photo: Fernando De la Orden
Unlike the rest, Lucas (18) recognizes that the party can have consequences. “We are responsible, we are aware that it is wrong, but the truth is that it was a very hard year and we want to be a joke.”
One of his friends says goodbye: “Bye and sorry for the upcoming quarantine.”