A NEW two-metre bronze statue of Rey Jairan in Almeria City was not, after all, vandalised.
The provincial media, including the Euro Weekly News, reported that the sword carried by Almeria’s first Moorish king was snapped off 12 hours after it was put in place below the Alcazaba.
This caused bad feeling in the neighbourhood where residents complained they had been tacitly accused of vandalism. As speculation and rumours abounded, the city’s Culture councillor Ramon Fernandez-Pacheco stepped in.
“No-one accused the neighbourhood of vandalism; quite the opposite,” he said.
It was apparent that the sword was already bent when it was installed, although this was not the fault of municipal employees but had occurred during storage, Fernandez-Pacheco stressed.
Later that evening, a resident warned city hall that part of the blade was about to snap: “I gave instructions that she should pull it off and save it.”
It will now be reattached closer to the statue’s body, Fernandez-Pacheco continued, to avoid further mishaps.