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.