To signal their disagreement with the Church’s position, some 200 gays and lesbians staged locked lips for several minutes as the pope rode by in his ‘popemobile’. Calls to participate in the ‘kiss-in’ had been posted on Facebook, a blog and Twitter weeks earlier, but, as with all flash mobs, its exact location was revealed only several hours in advance to avoid censorship.
The day before, a similar initiative took place in Santiago de Compostela, home to a holy shrine that attacts thousands of Catholic pilgrims each year.
“We mingled with the faithful and were careful not to stand out”
The flash-mob took place on November 7 between 9 and 10 in the morning, on the main avenue leading up to the Cathedral of Barcelona. The exact meeting place was unveiled two hours before, and participants had strict instructions: arrive early to be at the front of the crowd, stay discreet and don’t stand out. No signs, no flags, no slogans.
Photos by our Observer Samir Rakiji.