Gun for the road: Spanish soldiers are examined after they see beer in a bar with their assault rifles on the floor
- Photos show Spanish soldiers drinking with their guns in the local pub
- Army chiefs have investigated the incident in Catalonia
- Soldiers also photographed as they walked through Villafranca del Penedes
Army leaders in Spain started an investigation after photos appeared with soldiers who seemed to be drinking beer while their weapons were on the floor.
The soldiers ordered drinks after a stop in the popular tourist town of Villafranca del Penedes, the capital of a vineyard in Catalonia, where 12 separatist leaders with a 25-year prison sentence have just been tried.
A Spanish Army spokesman said Monday that an investigation was under way and pointed out that disciplinary action would be taken if it was confirmed that they were drinking alcohol while carrying weapons.
The photos were taken on Saturday when the men stopped en route to their base in the southern Spanish city of Ronda after exercises in northern France.
Spanish army troops seen in Villafranca with automatic weapons lying on the floor of a bar terrace while drinking a few beers
Soldiers carrying their automatic guns drink a few beers at the Spanish bar. A Spanish Army spokesman said today that an investigation was under way and pointed out that disciplinary action would be taken if it was confirmed that they were drinking alcohol while carrying weapons
They are supposed to take their weapons, according to which sources were without ammunition, because the vehicles they were in had to stop to refuel.
Historian Josep Lluís Alay, based in Barcelona, tweeted: & # 39; Spanish army forces in Catalonia with automatic weapons and a few beers. & # 39;
Pro-independence politician Gabriel Rufian seized the soldiers' faux pas by sarcastically claiming: & # 39; It's just poor guys playing Airsoft & # 39; before they added: & # 39; I'm sure the automatic gun after the beer will weigh less. & # 39;
The soldiers were also photographed as they walked through a supermarket in Villafranca del Penedes with their arms hurled over their shoulders.
The soldiers stopped at a supermarket to make some quick purchases, all the while hurling guns over their backs
Soldiers drink a few beers at a local water hole, carry groceries with their supermarket purchases and with guns on their backs. The photos were taken in the midst of a new war of words between politicians from Madrid and Barcelona following the arrests last week of nine Catalan separatists on suspicion of planning violence
The photos were taken in the midst of a new war of words between politicians from Madrid and Barcelona following the arrests last week of nine Catalan separatists on suspicion of planning violence.
Seven of the nine were taken into pre-trial detention and led to protests involving thousands of people in Barcelona on Saturday.
Earlier this year, 12 separatist leaders were tried at the Spanish Supreme Court.
They are still waiting to find out whether they will be sentenced to 25 years in prison, including rebellion and misuse of public funds following a referendum on independence of 1 October 2017 that was later declared illegal by the Spanish courts.
Villafranca del Penedes is the capital of the Alt Penedes region.
The medium-sized city, between Barcelona and Tarragona, is best known as the epicenter of the production of the famous Spanish sparkling wine Cava.
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