come on, it's sant joan ...
Exactly. So there are thousands of drunk people setting off fireworks in the street all night, and no visible police presence. No wonder a small minority of tourists think you can do whatever you want in Barcelona with no repercussions.
I'm not saying the police should stop Sant Joan, I'm saying that there should be a police presence in places where there are a lot of drunk people, and there isn't. Escudellers is where the worst tourists seem to end up, and it's full of beer-cerveza men, people selling drugs quite openly, etc. No police at all, because I guess they'd have to get out of their cars, which they pretty much never do in the evening. Spain has nearly twice the number of police per person as England, and in England they manage to find the resources to police events like this, or trouble hotspots.
this is, of course, bullshit.
No it's not. A lot of people here are hostile to guiris. For one thing, that's why they have a borderline offensive name for them. Maybe you're not -- and that's great -- but a lot of people are. Try renting a flat as a guiri, for example: some of the flats are mysteriously rented, yet they're still advertised, and when your catalan friend calls for you, they're suddenly available again.
Try getting a NIE (even as an EU citizen) since the hostility got ramped up last year. Now you need a work contract, padrón, and more. And try getting a work contract or a lease on a flat (to get the empadronamiento) without a NIE. Possible, but hard. And you won't be able to get your utilities connected without a NIE (and you have to wait weeks for a cita previa). The system has been changed to make it as hard as possible, and it's not like this in Andalucía, for example, so it's not a national issue. It's clearly illegal under EU law on freedom of movement to force EU nationals to jump through hoops like this, but the government are going to do it for as long as they can get away with it.
Also witness the election of Ada Colau; discuss this with Barcelonans and the first thing they will talk about is tourists, and how they've made the city unliveable, yada, yada. Despite the fact that large areas of ciutat vella were too dangerous to go into before the post-olympic rebirth (eg Sant Pere, Born, Barceloneta, parts of Gòtico), largely down to increased numbers of tourists and foreigners making these areas too valuable to Barcelonans to leave them to the prostitutes and criminals.
and how does this bs match with you admitting ' like 7.5 million tourists a year in Barcelona. The vast, vast majority are well behaved'? care to support it with some facts, apart from the obvious one that bulls do bully?
And there you go. Your prejudice is showing. Almost half the tourists come from Spain; are they the problematic tourists you're thinking of? What about all the people who queue to go to the Sagrada Família or Parc Güell. Are they drunk or running around naked? All the Chinese and Japanese tourists? The cruise-ship day trippers? The families with children?
The reality is that if you walk down the Rambla at the busiest times, you'll massive numbers of tourists, and it's bloody obvious that virtually none of them are the type to be pissing in the street or running around naked later that day.