Scuffles break out as artworks removed from Catalan city’s museum

Police clash with protesters in Lleida as 44 works of art at centre of disagreement between Catalonia and region of Aragn are removed

Scuffles broke out between police and demonstrators after hundreds of people met outside a museum in the Catalan city of Lleida to protest against the removal of 44 works of art that have been at the centre of a long-running dispute between Catalonia and the neighbouring region of Aragon.

The pieces, which include paints, alabaster reliefs and polychromatic wooden coffins, were sold to the Catalan government by the nuns of the Sijena convent, in Aragon, in the 1980 s.

The Aragonese authorities have been trying to recover the works through the courts, arguing they were unlawfully sold.

At the end of November, Spain’s culture minister, Inigo Mendez de Vigo, received a judicial order for the return of the works.

With Catalonia currently under the control of the Spanish government after Madrid sacked the regional government over its unilateral declaration of independence, Mendez de Vigo authorised their return on behalf of the administration. The move has exacerbated tensions in Catalonia, which were already running high in the buildup to next week’s snap regional election.

In the early hours of Monday morning, experts accompanied by officers from the Guardia Civil and the Catalan police force, the Mossos d’Esquadra, entered the Museum of Lleida to begin packing up the pieces.

Around 500 people congregated outside the museum to demonstrate against the removal, some chanting” Hands up! This is a theft !” and expressing fury over the Spanish government’s decision to assume control of Catalonia using article 155 of the constitution. Scuffles broke out between police and some protesters and a cordon was set up to allow the artworks to be loaded on to a lorry.

The mayor of Lleida, Angel Ros, have asserted that article 155 could not to be used to” sacred art” and called for common sense and wisdom to prevail.

” There is still a long way to go to resolve the litigation over these goods ,” he wrote in a local paper on Sunday.” We will use all legal means to show that the purchase, by the[ Catalan government] was made in accordance with the law and that the works were transferred to the Museum of Lleida with full legality and legitimacy .”

The former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium after he was sacked, attacked the move on Twitter.

He accused the Spanish government of using the cover of night and the Guardia Civil to” take advantage of a coup d’etat to plunder Catalonia with absolute impunity “.

A poll published on Sunday in the Catalan daily La Vanguardia indicates Catalan separatist parties will narrowly fall short of a majority in the election on 21 December.

The survey said Puigdemont’s Junts per Catalunya party, the Catalan Republican Left party and the anti-capitalist Popular Unity Candidacy( CUP) would win 66 or 67 seats in the 135 -seat regional parliament, one or two shy of the 68 needed for a majority.

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Actor Rose Marie shamed her harasser in 1954 and paid dearly for it.

To hear some critics tell it, sexual harassment and assault are modern problems brought on by loosening sexual mores, the infiltration of women into male spaces, and the abandonment of “traditional” values.

A tragic counterpoint is the story of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” star Rose Marie who, at 94, wrote an op-ed for the Hollywood Reporter about being harassed at work in 1954 and her heartbreaking experience when she tried to verbally shame her harasser.

Rose Marie. Photo by Michael Buckner/ Getty Images.

Marie wrote that her moment came on the situate of the musical “Top Banana.” The performer and comedian clapped back at her harasser — a producer on the cinema — and, predictably, suffered professional outcomes as a result.

The producer of the cinema came up to me after I’d run through the anthem called “I Fought Every Step of the Way, ” which had boxing references, and said that he could show me a few stances. He wasn’t referring to boxing. I chuckled it off, but he said he was serious and that the picture could be mine.

Well, in front of everyone onstage, I said, “You son of a bitch, you couldn’t get onto up if a flag went by.” Needless to say, that didn’t come off well with him, and all my musical numbers were cut from the film. I had no idea that his reaction to my repudiation would be so bad.

I realise then that the rumors of the casting couch weren’t jokes and why some actresses were getting breakings and why others, sometimes way more talented, weren’t .

Marie’s story represents why victims of harassment and abuse often don’t “fight back.”

A recent University of Michigan analysis found that less than a third of all people who have experienced workplace harassment reported it. Of those who didn’t, most were afraid of being branded “troublemakers” and being submitted to sidelining, marginalization, or worse.

Those anxieties are founded. A 2016 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission analysis found that 75% of reporters experienced some form of retaliation.

If we’re merely hearing about these stories now, that may be because victims ultimately feel they will be believed.

Dustin Hoffman. Photo by Lars Niki/ Getty Images.

The narratives themselves span decades. In 2004, former writers assistant Amaani Lyle sued Warner Bros. for racial and gender-based harassment she said she suffered in the “Friends” writers room almost 20 years ago.( Lyle ultimately lost the suit in 2006.) Earlier this year, writer Anna Graham Hunter described being verbal harassed by performer Dustin Hoffman on the decide of “Death of a Salesman” in 1985 — 32 years ago. And those are just the very tip of the iceberg.

When it comes to gender-based harassment and abuse, there was nothing good about the “good ol’ days.”

Women were harassed, abused, intimidated, and blackballed in the workplace back then too. Their overwhelmingly male boss helped forge a culture of stillnes where victims were often too isolated and too professionally vulnerable to speak out.

We should be grateful that those days are, slowly but surely, coming to an end.

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31 Days of Happiness Countdown: A tour that’ll make you see taxidermy a new way. (Day 10)

Hello and therefore welcomed Day 10 of Upworthy’s 31 Days of Happiness Countdown! Each day between Dec. 10 and Dec. 31, we’re sharing narratives we hope will bring elation, smiles, and laugh into our lives and yours. It’s been a challenging year for a lot of us, so why not aim it on a high note with a little bit of happiness? Check back tomorrow for another installment !

Watch the first 30 seconds of this video and you will see one of the internet’s greatest examples of pure unabashed glee. That’s the only route I can describe host Emily Graslie’s reaction to the World Taxidermy Championships.

And if taxidermy doesn’t strike you as an art sort, oh son, it will after this. This isn’t the weird fish on your uncle’s wall or that one Twitter account. These are seriously beautiful. From the raccoon with egg on its face to the ducks gliding in for a landing, you could definitely see these in a museum somewhere, couldn’t you?

I know taxidermy might seem kind of weird, but candidly, Graslie’s enthusiasm is infectious and if anyone is really this aroused about something, you’ve got to sit down and listen for a while. You might get excited too.

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Her history was erased from her classes. Now she’s making sure it won’t happen again.

Family History Day is an astonishing opportunity for kids to discuss their heritage with their classmates. Most of the time.

Michelle Morales still chokes up when she believes of how heartbroken she felt when she came to school eager to teach her class about her Puerto Rican ties to Taino Native Americans and was met with opponent. Her teacher insisted that her ties to indigenous culture were not real.

“That sticks with me, ” Morales says, “because in that moment, a history that I should have been proud of was erased.”

Watch her tell her narrative 😛 TAGEND