Outside the town hall, Antonio stands with a sign, no, with several signs against high taxes and levies.
Against which ones, I ask.
“All of them!”
I am probing further and learn that it’s about something like a property appreciation tax, which he has to pay for now living in the apartment of his mother, who passed away two years ago. And if he won’t pay, the apartment will be taken away from him, he says. He only has a pension of 436 euros a month and can’t afford the payments, he laments.
That’s why he is in front of the town hall every day. For two years already. Except on weekends, when he goes to church.
What happened to the apartment, I inquire anxiously.
“I still live there. I can pay the taxes in installments.”
And to get home, he probably takes the tax-subsidized bus. (Pensioners who earn less than 800 euros a month can use the bus for free.)
As I leave, Antonio calls out “Arriba España!“, a battle cry of the Franco dictatorship. Maybe he isn’t really here for the taxes after all.