Spanish Festivalgoers Stage 'Performance' Of Gibraltar Invasion, Shooting Brits

Posted: 28/09/2013 16:41 BST | Updated: 28/09/2013 18:02 BST
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Competitors in a fancy dress competition at a Spanish village fete put together a shocking play showing a Spanish tank opening fire on socks-and-sandal wearing Brits in Gibraltar.
A video of the play was posted by a user named Julián Trullenque Anés. The Telegraph, who first unearthed the footage suggested the video showed a school play.
But when contacted by the Huffington Post UK, Anés said the play came from a fete, in the tiny village of Valsalada, on the outskirts of Zaragoza, and he had nothing to with its creation.
He said it was a "fancy dress contest" where a group of kids did the performance.
"Neither the festival committee or the recorder had anything to do to it. I put it on YouTube yesterday for the local people to see. Then I started getting indignant messages from people, especially English people, so I decided to take it down," he told HuffPost UK.
"Now the Telegraph journalist published my name, and said it was a play at the school where I worked. The background is a bar! It Is not a play, or a school."
The video has since been removed, but copies remain on YouTube.

Here are the Brits living happily in their pink deck chairs in Gibraltar The performance opens with "British" men and women in sunhats, carry deckchair and Union Jack flags, some wearing t-shirts emblazoned with "I Love London". They parade out onto the stage to strains of God Save The Queen.
Suddenly the music changes, to The Clash's Spanish Bombs, and laughing soldiers on board a makeshift tank open fire on the "Brits", who fall to the ground.

Then the Spanish soldiers arrive..

And kill everyone The soldiers, carrying realistic-looking toy machine guns, hold a sign up saying "Gibraltar Español", to applause from the crowd of watching parents and students.

Spanish Festivalgoers Stage 'Performance' Of Gibraltar Invasion, Shooting Brits

And the Telegraph article......

Spanish school stages 'invasion' of Gibraltar

A school in Spain has been criticised for apparently enacting an invasion of Gibraltar, with camouflage-clad children brandishing plastic guns to shoot dead Union Jack-wearing "Britons".

By Harriet Alexander, and Bruno Waterfield

4:47PM BST 27 Sep 2013

In footage of the satirical play posted on YouTube, a group of socks-and-sandal wearing "Britons," carrying Union Jack placards and wearing the flag on their T-shirts, place their deck chairs in the centre of the auditorium, to the sound of the National Anthem.

Parents and fellow students watch from the sidelines as a tank arrives, accompanied by students dressed in military fatigues and carrying guns.

The music switches to The Clash's Spanish Bombs as the giggling "soldiers" open fire on the "Britons" in Gibraltar, who fall to the ground.

The video appeared to have been posted by Julián Trullenque Anés, who has worked for the Brianda de Luna school in the small town of Alfajarín, near Zaragoza.

"What an embarrassment – if this is a college play look what culture they are teaching them," wrote one man in Spanish on YouTube.

Another Spanish-speaking woman wrote: "This video is shameful. It incites hatred and violence, and those responsible should be ashamed of themselves."
Nicholas Martin, another of the 60 people who commented on the video since it was posted on Thursday, said in Spanish: "Is this what they are teaching the youth of Spain? To create hatred among neighbouring countries in the European Community? You should be ashamed of yourselves!"
Others also criticised the organisers for their choice of soundtrack.
"As an aficionado of The Clash I am also deeply saddened to see one of their anti-fascist songs about the Spanish Civil War used in this way," wrote Bill Bishop. "I am just glad that many Spaniards will be ashamed of this video."
Earlier this year in a similarly provocative gesture the mayor of Callosa de Segura, a town in southern Spain, sparked anger with his mocked-up photo of the Rock being invaded by Spain, which he posted on Facebook. Francisco Javier Pérez Trigueros was accused of inflaming the tensions between London and Madrid, at a time when queues to cross the border into Gibraltar were at their peak.
Mr Pérez was unrepentant, however, and refused to take down the controversial image.

Video: Spanish school stages 'invasion' of Gibraltar - Telegraph