On the Rock

It's been a strange summer in Gibraltar, with tensions rising between the British and Spanish governments over the building of an artificial reef close to the Rock. When the Spanish retaliated by introducing tortuously slow border checks for anyone crossing to the island, the British sent a gunboat – HMS Westminster – in an old-fashioned (and pointless) display of force. But according to a fascinating article in The Guardian, the "great summer of discontent is keeping everyone happy. The government in Madrid has its useful diversion; the Gibraltarians can do what they love doing – fly their flags, embrace the navy and revert to the siege mentality that has always defined them".

Click on the image below to read the article, and to see a photo gallery of recent protests by Spanish fishermen.

Spanish Fishermen Stage Protest In Disputed Waters Near Artificial Reef