The man is protesting outside the Town Hall in Plaza St. Jaume, Barcelona. His message is bizarre. It seems to says: "Disobedient Attic. Without a Law to Enforce, They Don't Fix the Attic".
What does it mean? Is it a metaphor? What's in the briefcase?
He is being studiously ignored by a man in a suit but under observation by two uniformed representatives of the state. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Between the suited man and the protester, what could be interpreted as two giant paperclips adhere to the pillars – a symbol of bureaucracy the world over, as if underlining the futility of fighting City Hall.