Vandals snap ARMS and HANDS off famous monument to Spanish dancers in Barcelona
Police in Spain are seeking “mindless” vandals who attacked one of Barcelona’s most visited monuments by breaking off the ARMS of the statues!”La Sardana” showed eight men and women with raised joined hands to symbolise the traditional dance of the same name.
Performed in Catalonia, couples dance in a circle and as the music progresses, more and more people join in.Barcelona council says it is outraged at the “barbaric act” which has left the 1966 monument destroyed with the arms and hands of six of the dancers deliberately broken off. They were then thrown into the gardens nearby.The sculpture is situated in the Montjuic district of the city and is one of the most visited and photographed tourists attractions. Its creator, Josep Canas died in 2001.
“La Sardana” was unveiled by the then mayor in 1966. In 1984, it was restored because of its bad condition but was damaged again in 2002 when one of the figures disappeared. In 2014, vandals broke six arms from the dancers.Barcelona’s deputy security councillor, Albert Batlle took to Twitter to condemn the latest attack and called on the public to help the police find the culprits.”We condemn the savagery and appeal to fight for coexistence and against incivility,” he said.The statues were carved from limestone from Tarragona and are situated near the castle so are seen by millions of people every year.Barcelona police have launched an investigation.The city council says it will foot the bill to repair the statues though the exact amount of the damage has not yet been calculated.Outraged visitors also took to the social networks to voice their disgust at the vandalism, describing it as “mindless” and calling for heavy fines when the culprits are caught.