Barcelona riot suspects modeling for new inhouse police video game?

Plus my memoir of the Great General Strike of November 14 2012.

Trebots @ Monday November 19th 2012 13:40

It's hard being a Mosso when the Spanish colonial establishment frowns on you destroying a suspect's testicles or evidence incriminating your regional political bosses in massive embezzlement and money laundering, so perhaps the 360º snaps of one of a dozen detainees on the 14th of November were taken with a view to rendering convincing "anarchists" for a Grand Riot shoot-em-up for the privacy of your own home:

Huelga general europea de 2012 Nov 14 suspect 1

The collaboration between photographer and models was so efficient that I thought at first that the latter were also policemen, but no junior copper would sport facial fungus as splendid as that of the suspect pictured top. I happen to think he's echoing Alfonso the Liberal in the 15th century portraits of the kings of Aragon by Gonçal Peris Sarrià and/or Jaume Mateu in the MNAC:

My abiding memory of the day will be as I made my way to work along Paralelo. A band of youngish white CGT or CNTers, probably imagining themselves heirs to the French Revolution or the anarcosindicalist mob of 1936, but closer in function to the Hebricides of 1391 or the Catholic xenophobes of the 1940s, were crossing over to Poble Sec to close down Chinese and Pakistani businesses in defence of the interests of well-off elderly white men.

Mounted on one of the few functional Bicing-mobiles, I foolishly imagined that I could draw alongside, get in a couple of "Fascistas!", and speed off without further ado. But as their cries of outrage rang out and I overtook the cyclist in front (who was pissing himself), I discovered that the buggers were armed with intercontinental ballistic fireworks.

  • Alfonso III of Aragon (1) Alfonso III, called the Liberal or the Free, was the King of Aragon and Count of Barcelona from 1285. He conquered the Kingdom of Majorca between his succession and 1287.
  • Huelga general europea de 2012 (1)
  • MNAC Barcelona (1) The Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, abbreviated as MNAC, is the national museum of Catalan visual art located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Situated on Montjuïc hill at the end of Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina, near Pl Espanya, the museum is especially notable for its outstanding collection of romanesque church paintings, and for Catalan art and design from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including modernisme and noucentisme. The Museum is housed in the Palau Nacional, a huge, Italian-style building dating to 1929. The Palau Nacional, which has housed the Museu d'Art de Catalunya since 1934, was declared a national museum in 1990 under the Museums Law passed by the Catalan Government. That same year, a thorough renovation process was launched to refurbish the site, based on plans drawn up by the architects Gae Aulenti and Enric Steegmann, who were later joined in the undertaking by Josep Benedito. The Oval Hall was reopened in 1992 on the occasion of the Olympic Games, and the various collections were installed and opened over the period from 1995 to 2004. The Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya was officially inaugurated on 16 December 2004.
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