EmPPire Strikes Back

The title of this post is a translation of the text in this image, found on the electrical box at the doorway of the secondary school here in Gràcia. Why the double “P” you may ask? Well, the initials PP tend to provoke strong opinions, especially here in Catalonia, and mostly negative. And it’s not the PP as in “past participle” whose many irregular forms are the bane of many of my students’ existence. The PP here stands for the Partido Popular, the centre-right party which currently enjoys an absolute majority in the Spanish Parliament. They also happen to be the political party which is dead set against Catalonia gaining any more autonomy than it already has, hence this image of the Dark Imperial Leader himself. It seems this stencil is from the JERC, or the Republican Youth of Catalunya.

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