Monday, 20 August 2012
Today, in Plaza de Santa Ana I was sketching. Just sketching. Two Policia Municipal told me to stop, pack up and leave. It is my work. I am doing as my client wants. I am not doing anything illegal. Charge me with something, or leave me alone. People like what I do. It is nice work. And, whilst the drug dealers and bag snatchers continue their business just a Two minute walk around the corner (the police know this) municipals decide to give me a hard time. They couldn't charge me with anything because I wasn't doing anything illegal. So I thought. However, it seems drinking a can of lager in a public space (a public space surrounded by people drinking beer and wine on open terraces) is illegal. So, to avoid a fine I had to sign a piece of paper admitting to being alcohol dependent. This is Policia Municipal in Madrid. Get your bag stolen and they will apologise for having to tell you there is nothing they can do. Sketch, or paint in a public space and they will shit on you. It is my work. I am just trying to make an honest living.