Yesterday, July 10, the Catalan people asserted that they want to break with Spain. Using the slogan “We are a Nation. We Decide”, and raising thousands upon thousands of Catalan flags, Catalans had a demonstration in Barcelona with an attendance of one and a half million people. The demonstrators included people of all ages, political ideologies, social status and representatives of Catalan institutions. This event also saw demonstrations held throughout the rest of Catalonia. The Basque Country gave its support to the people of Catalonia as well. Catalans living abroad gathered together or organized smaller rallies in Paris, Toulouse, London, Dublin, Berlin, Quito and New York. This has been the first massive demonstration for independence in Catalonia.
This did not come out of the blue; the independent movement has been gaining momentum for a long time. For instance, there have been numerous referendums on independence organized by thousands of civilians since September 2009. The last event, though, happened recently, when the Constitutional Court of Spain changed the articles of Catalonia’s Statute of Autonomy. The result of the changes left Catalonia with reduced rights within the the Spanish state, which, to the majority of Catalans, is intolerable. Among what are considered to be a series of acts of legal butchery to the document, one in particular has infuriated Catalans: the Constitutional Court of Spain has decided that Catalonia is not a nation. The changes in the Statute are a slap in the face for Catalans. Therefore, Catalans have decided that enough is enough. We are a Nation and we decide our future.
And a picture from London, England