Thursday, October 13, 2011

A closer look at the Spanish National Day in Barcelona

I didn't find any big, angry demonstration on my way around the city yesterday. It was actually a very peaceful day. Lots of people out and about, families filling up the many playgrounds and parks, couples enjoying the day off work and friends gathering for picnics and jam sessions. 

Not that I am keen to be in the middle of a manifestation or anything, but I had been told this day was so provoking for many Catalans and was looking forward to a little insight to their world of anger for not being an independent state. 

I actually learned that the Catalan national day, La Diada, that I mentioned in the last post, is actually the day Catalunya lost independence, back in 1714. It’s a bank holiday in Catalunya, the 11th September, and is when some go a little berserk burning the Spanish flag and picture of the king and the sort …

Anyway, back to my search for nationalism yesterday. I went back home in the afternoon and a little later when Fernando came home he asked me if I’d seen anything “cool”. He knew I was fascinated since he is one of those who’s been telling me about all this and building up my curiosity. When I told him that I hadn’t seen anything even close to angry he just laughed in my face. Cause he came straight from watching the demonstration. What demonstration?  

Barcelona is a big city, and apparently I was at the very wrong place at the wrong time. As every year, this one was no exception. There had been a manifestation, and he showed me on the news later. 

The spokes-person for some Catalan independent group said the following (with a very serious and angry face): 

“El 12 de octubre no hay nada que celebrar, al contrario, se rememora un genocidio que empezó hace 519 años en America y hace 300 años largos que los Paisos Catalans están ocupados por el estado Español.”


12. October is nothing to celebrate, on the contrary, it is a remembrance of a genocide that started 519 years ago in America, and of the 300 long years that the Catalan territory has been occupied by the Spanish state. 

Wuf, strong words, that.


One of the balconies with flags yesterday. One independent-flag on top of the Catalan flag.


  1. love it! Så heldig du er!:)trives du?

  2. Hola!
    Soy un español, de Sevilla.
    Respecto a la frase que has puesto de lo que dicen lo catalanes independentistas, es cierto que lo dicen, pero no es cierto. Cataluña nunca ha ido independiente, en la edad media pertenecía al Reino de Aragon, pero en el siglo XVI, se unieron los reinos de Castilla, Aragon, y Navarra. En el 1714 hubo una revuelta en cataluña por que por motivos economicos y politicos se querian independizar del resto de de España, por lo que España tuvo que enviar tropas para combatirlas.
    Ahi es cuando dicen los catalanes que España los invadió, no siendo así, ya que nunca han sido independientes. Solo fue una rebelión sofocada.
    Siento no poder escribirle en inglés ya que es demasiado bueno... Un saludo! Chao!

  3. Ah se me olvidada: Bienvenida a España! Welcome to Spain! Deseo que tu estancia aqui sea grata, cómoda y feliz. Un saludo desde Sevilla, Andalucía, España.

  4. Jose Manuel, muchas gracias por la lección de historia! Me ha gustado! Esto es muy interesante. Saludos!!