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article imageScary clown phenomenon hits Gijón in northern Spain

By Anne Sewell     Oct 30, 2014 in World
The scary clown phenomenon, doing the rounds in France, has now hit the streets of northern Spain. Whether it’s the copycat effect, upcoming Halloween, or maybe even the terrifying clown on “American Horror Story Freakshow,” the trend has spread.
Whatever the cause, “Gijónclown,” (who is not the scary individual posted above), is now currently making his mark on Instagram. With a following of over 7,000 people and 12 posts of himself clad as scary-looking clown, "Gijónclown" is just the latest in a stream of social media-driven “coulrophobia,” (meaning the fear of clowns), hitting the streets of Europe. On a photo he posted Wednesday, he asks, "Am I the evil clown?" His situation is an interesting choice, as in the photo he can be seen to be sitting in front of a branch of the fast food chain, McDonalds.
In France, police have arrested more than a dozen teenagers, dressed up as clowns and wielding weapons. Vigilantes have also hit the streets in an effort to stop these clownish pranksters.
After one particularly nasty clown threatened people in the center of Mulhouse, five youths went hunting for the joker, armed with baseball bats and other weapons. Luckily police put a stop to their efforts and say they will not tolerate violence of any kind, whether from vigilantes, or from the clown-clad buffoons themselves.
But now the phenomenon has hit northern Spain, with several people in Gijón reporting sightings late at night. One witness described the self-styled "Gijónclown" as being of medium height and that he appeared to be unarmed. However, the clown was, apparently, acting in a rather “sinister” fashion.
"Gijónclown" himself asks on his Instagram profile, “Scared of clowns?” and goes on to say that they are the “friendliest and nicest people you could hope to meet,” adding rather ominously, “You'll find us at night."
A witness who spoke to 20minutos about the clown said that people will have their own opinion on whether the clown is good or bad, but he added that anyone without a sense of humor might not find it quite so much fun to bump into such a scary-looking character late at night.
Spanish sources:
Asturias 24
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