This is the moment a female dancer performs a twerk routine on a burning Barcelona street as her “form of expressing my protest” during the ongoing Catalan unrest.
The clip was shared on Instagram by dancer Sandra Kisterna where it is going viral with 370,000 views in one day.
The video, which shows Kisterna wiggling her bum on a burning Barcelona street, was accompanied with the message: “I do not want to offend people who are out to fight for their rights. This is my form of expressing my protest!
“I am aware that not everyone will take it well, but I have freedom of expression like everybody!”
“There are people who are taking to the streets to participate in violence and I want no part of it. What I saw last night in Barcelona was terrible, my city was ruined, there was chaos all around.”
Netizen ‘Gabrielajimenez24’ commented: “This ‘expression’ makes no sense at all!”
‘Felixbbdd’ wrote: “No offence, but do you think this was a moral thing to do when you knew it could bother people. This is not a ‘protest’ in my view. It is taking advantage of a situation where people are being hit around the head with truncheons on our streets. Claim freedom of speech all you want, but I only see you using the situation as an excuse to gain fame.”
‘Yasfaira97’ said: “The dancer should be told that although she thought she was doing a good thing, the timing was wrong. That’s all.”
A week of demonstrations and riots in Catalonia were sparked when the Spanish authorities sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to between nine and 13 years in prison.
According to local media, so far 600 people have been injured including one police officer who is in a serious condition.
Four protesters have lost an eye, 28 people have been sent to preventative prison and 194 others are under arrest, according to a spokesperson for Spanish Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska.