There has been an ongoing dispute between my adopted home town Lleida in Catalonia and a small village in Aragon, Spain, over the ownership of some works of Art, I won’t get into the ins and outs of it as both sides probably have valid points, but either way the works have been in the Lleida Museum for the last 70 years.
A Substitute judge made a decision the other day ordering the works to be returned to Aragon at the latest the 11th of december, coincidence or not, it was also his last day as a sub judge. And also added the Civil Guard could use force if needed.
In normal circumstances the Catalan minister for culture would appeal such a decision and the pieces would not be transferred until a final decision had been made, but given that the Spanish Government have overthrown the Catalan Government , no such appeal was made.
Again in normal circumstances a van maybe accompanied by some security would arrive to take the pieces during the day, but for some reason the Civil Guard came in Van loads at 4 o clock in the morning to start the operation, finally leaving shortly after midday with the hoist, it was a clear show of power and a desire to humiliate the people of Lleida, hard to imagine it happening in the E.U. nowadays, but the following video shows them leaving, only the truck contains the works of Art the rest is security , all of this to control at most 200 pacific protesters .
Is this a a sign of what Catalonia is in for if the Spanish government remain in full control of the place?