HISTORY IN THE MAKING (2)

A few days ago, on September 11, 2012, a peaceful march of one million and a half people (2 million, according to organizers) was held in the city of Barcelona. Everybody was calling for the independence of Catalonia from Spain. Why? Because Catalans are absolutely fed up with Spain. It is not a new feeling, by the way. The sentiment of frustration has stayed with the Catalans since Barcelona fell to the Bourbon army on September 11, 1714, when Spain invented itself as the State we know today.

For three centuries Catalonia has endured opression, bombardements, Spanish fascist dictators, ridicule, hostility and endless attacks to its language, Catalan. Let’s not forget that Catalonia was an independent Nation-State dating back to the 13th century, as international historian Pierre Vilar has clearly explained. Why, then, this cry for independence when Spain is now (in theory, at least) a democratic country? Because Spanish lack of respect towards Catalonia and its language has never ceased to exist and, on top of it all, Spain is strangling Catalonia’s economy. Catalonia is the largest contributer to the Spanish economy, an excessive fiscal contribution without precedents in any other European country, and yet now Catalonia cannot pay for basic services. This constitutes outrageously unfair treatement by Spain considering that, after fiscal redistribution, Catalonia has worse public services than subsidised regions.

Therefore, the reasons for this march are historical, cultural and economical. Catalonia has no more patience. Independence from Spain is the only answer. To make this message clear, a million and a half Catalans joined together on the streets of Barcelona on Tuesday. It was a demonstration not only astonishing due to the number of people gathered but also for the civility showed by all —there was not a single incident of violence or uncivilized behaviour. People sang, danced and, hoisting thousands of independence flags, expressed in happiness their determination that Catalonia once again, centuries later, be a free country, a European state, an independent nation.

A video of the demonstration (after the commercial)

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About Shaudin Melgar-Foraster

University professor and writer
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3 Responses to HISTORY IN THE MAKING (2)

  1. Maria Afaq says:

    Thank you for all the info and the great videos! Well done!

  2. Catalina Girona @ gmail says:

    beautiful, Shaudin! Thank you!!! :) Catalina Al 16/09/2012 02:54, En/na Shaudin Melgar-Foraster ha escrit: > WordPress.com > Shaudin Melgar-Foraster posted: ” A few days ago, on September 11, > 2012, a peaceful march of one million and a half people (2 million, > according to organizers) was held in the city of Barcelona. Everybody > was calling for the independence of Catalonia from Spain. Why? Because > Catalans ar” >

  3. Jordi Canals says:

    M’agrada molt el teu article i el vídeo en angles. Et felicito pel teu treball i per la teva il.lusio . Aquest 11 de septembre ha estat un pas molt important i el President Mas ha tingut una bona reacció. Espanya i els seus polítics i diaris en la línia de sempre, també el PSC -sembla mentida-. Ens ajuda
    molt tot el ressò que que se n’esta fent a molts àmbits com es el cas de la premsa estrangera. A partir d’ara toca caminar inteligement i amb la paciència esperançada. Bon cop de falç! Una abraçada i gràcies per tot.

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