The burning issue
Public prosecutors demanded fines of EUR 3,600 last Thursday for 16 people charged with criminal offences after burning photos of the king and queen.21 January 2008
MADRID - Public prosecutors demanded fines of EUR 3,600 last Thursday for 16 people who have been charged with criminal offences after burning photos of the king and queen on 22 September of last year at an anti-monarchy demonstration in Gerona.
The act was designed as a show of support for Jaume Roura and Enric Stern, who have already been fined EUR 2,730 each for the same offence - that of insulting the highest institution of the state.
Roura and Stern had burnt the pictures of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía in protest at a visit by the king to the city of Gerona. Their arrests triggered the copycat burnings.
In total, more than 300 people gathered in the Ayuntamiento de Gerona square on 22 September, and, after several speeches were made, around 50 photos of the royal couple were burned.
The demonstrators carried placards with logos such as "I also burn the Spanish crown," and "I'm also anti-monarchist," as well as slogans demanding the independence of Catalonia.
[Copyright EL PAÍS /Santiago Hernández Galán 2008]
Subject: Spanish news