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article imageMan refuses to pay €900 fine to Town Hall for delivering dead rat

By Anne Sewell     Sep 13, 2013 in World
A Spanish man living in La Manjoya in Spain's Asturias region has been fined €900 ($1,200) for depositing a dead rat at the local Town Hall as part of a personal protest. He says he won't be paying as he "doesn't work for Bárcenas."
Villar was protesting about a rat plague at a farm close to his house. He had had enough, and delivered the dead rat, in a plastic bag, to the local official in charge of hygiene in the town, Benjamin Rodriguez Cabañas.
He told the local daily newspaper La Nueva España, "I did it so they would pay attention to me, and in the sense it worked because they cleaned up the farm."
However, it may have worked, but now it is going to cost him.
"Now the rat has cost me dearly," said Villar, waving the paper with the heavy fine he received for his protest.
While protesting a "hygiene problem" in the town, the Town Hall says that Villar broke local hygiene by-laws himself by presenting the dead animal, which they described as being "a rat of important dimensions," some "25 to 30 centimeters long."
Now Villar has to pay €900 plus an extra €30 for costs relating to the removal of the rat.
However he feels no remorse, saying, "I would do it all over again."
But he did say that he has no plans to actually pay the fine, as he doesn't have "that much money."
"I don't have to pay. If I worked for Bárcenas I would have some extra cash no problem, but that's not the case," said Villar, referring to the disgraced former treasurer of Spain's ruling Partido Popular.
As Digital Journal has reported recently, Bárcenas claims to have made under-the-table slush payments to leading figures in the Partido Popular, including the current Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
Meanwhile the person who received the dead rat has told the media that he had no idea that the man had been complaining about the plague of rats. He was reportedly very upset and frightened at the arrival of the dead rat on his desk.
"We did not know this neighbor, he did not come in regularly, and it's not even the department responsible for such a case, because this is a matter for the Health Department," Rodriguez Cabañas said.
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