The members of a pro-independence town council in Catalonia have been summoned before a judge after a complaint was lodged over the unusually small size of the obligatory photograph of the king hanging in their assembly hall.
While the norm is for a poster-size portrait of the Spanish monarch to preside over public spaces, the image of King Felipe VI in Torredembarra is no larger than a passport photograph.
A majority of councillors approved a motion last August to downsize the royal image and since October the mini portrait of the king has been positioned high over a door, pinned right next to an identically minute photograph of Catalonia’s president, Artur Mas.
A state prosecutor brought the snub to the attention of a judge in the provincial capital of Tarragona and now Torredembarra’s 17 councillors have been summoned to explain the decision.
“We are convinced that we have not broken any laws because the portrait of the king and the leader of the Catalan government are exactly the same size”, Lluís Suñé, a councillor for the Left-wing local party Alternativa Baix Gaià (ABG), told the EFE news agency.
The error here being that anyones’ so stupid as to actually have laws about this sort of thing.
But it is the continental way: if there’s something then there just be a law about it.