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Three posters outside

Tres carteles en las afueras de Sant Just - José Antonio Ruiz - Layetana Media
A reflection on the current moment of Catalan nationalism from three posters during a walk through Sant Feliu
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José A. Ruiz 08/12/2019 2288
This Saturday I went to visit some friends in Sant Feliu de Llobregat, and during the short journey between the place where I had parked the car and my destination I found profusion of posters, images and graffiti. Since I toured the area of ​​influence of the town hall, almost all the claims were pro-nationalist ("anti-repressive" days convened by those who repress the freedom of discrepancy, claim of Catalan culture by those who forbid the most spoken language of their land, etc..). However, three images somehow caught my attention. The first had nothing in particular at all. It was just an electoral poster of the last campaign of JuntsXCAT. Here you can see it.
This first poster showed the grim and confident image of the Waterloo escape. In the lower left corner the legend "Laura Borràs represents us" could be clearly read (the sample enlarged next to the poster). Indeed, the challenging, radical and incisive character of the neoconvergent represented the "values" defended by Messiah Puigdemont and his delegate on Earth, Quim Torra. But the passage of time (even if it's only a few weeks) makes the poster can now be seen in a new light. The light of the investigation that is carried out on the weavings of the neo-convergent leader, which include charges for embezzlement, documentary falsification and prevarication, favoring the awarding "by finger" of irregular contracts to a friend of her, arrested for drug trafficking and fake notes through the "dark web". This case awakens echoes of other cases of her neo-convergent colleagues. There's not enough space in this article to refer to Pujol and the Banca Catalana case (which started it all) or to Pujol's son and the case of ITVs, or expired prostheses, or investigations to Puigdemont for the Aigües de Girona or the diversion of subsidies to pay for his stay in Waterloo through Víctor Terradellas (and his alleged link with the Russian plot) .. Anyway, apparently, Laura Borràs, indeed, represents them. I couldn't stop photographing that poster.
The second poster had much more bad intention, and I doubt that it was the work of nationalists, because if so, it would be necessary to affirm that its criterion is much more damaged than it seems. This poster, made in the manner of those who claim the freedom of detainees for the attempted coup (Junqueras, Forn ..) or the siege of the courts of Vía Layetana (Los Jordis) demands freedom for the "political prisoner" Oriol Pujol. The dolphin of the Pujol clan convicted of influence peddling, bribery and documentary falsity, is in fact in semi-freedom after serving less than 60 days of the two years of conviction that correspond to him for frauds such as those of the ITV case. I insist: Surely the cartel is not the work of nationalism, but of someone who wants to expose the hypocrisy of a party that usually covers its corruption under the starred flag. And to me that he succeeds, so I considered this poster worthy of another photograph.
And arriving near where I had parked my car I found not a sign, but a graffiti. One of many that demands "Freedom", made precisely from the freedom that has who knows that his neck is not at risk for making that graffiti, or for burning a container or for insulting the police or going outside with a yellow ribbon, as would happen if they really lived under a repressive regime. However, another artist had expanded and nuanced the original graffiti with the addition of the word "Tabarnia" (although it's evident that a third person has tried uselessly to erase it). A concept that was born as an intelligent essay on constitutional marketing, became an ingenious revulsion that put the shame of exclusionary nationalism on display and then seemed to decay and fester among the scathing boats of Boadella and the debate between those who see the concept as a distorting mirror and those who consider it a real option. The truth is that Tabarnia, that imaginary and undefined territory, is also a reality that resists disappearing (like the graffiti itself) because the causes that have originated it are still present. Tabarnia is a social and cultural reality, despite its curious name and its imperfect definition. An utopia that will probably never come true, since it's just as inevitable but at the same time as impossible as the "Catalan republic" itself. The photo was indeed inevitable.
Three posters that provoke different sensations. Only after verifying that I had taken three photographs I remembered that Oscar-winning movie "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", starring an excellent Frances McDormand and which I recommend to anyone who has not yet seen it. That movie also revolved around three posters placed on a tour and its influence on those who saw them.

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