Both policemen at the background wear the Catalonia's police uniform, not the Barcelona's police uniform; so the building behind them must be the Catalonia's Parliament, not the City Hall. Easy to mix the buildings, as they face each other.
I think you are correct, Eduardo. There were two similar civic buildings in the same square so I may have confused them. Thanks for the context. In any event, I think it validates my man powerfully and vindicates the theme 'you can't beat City Hall'.
Right now, there must be hundreds of thousands of people just like him all over crisis-stricken Europe - and certainly, very many in his shoes here in Ireland.