Spain: The Poster Man

Seneca said that art imitates nature.

But last week in Madrid, nature followed art in one man's brave and ec centric act of self-fulfilling prophecy. Precisely at noon on Sunday, 42-year-old Gonzalo Arias hung a brace of white posters over his shoulders and began to stroll down thronged Calle de la Princesa. The message, in black letters fore and aft, was simple: "In the Name of the Spanish People, I respectfully ask that free elections be held for the head of state." It was not the sort of thing that happens every Sunday afternoon in Spain, and heads spun as...