September 11 – Catalonia’s National Day

Today is the National Day of Catalonia, a region in the north-east of Spain (where Barcelona is).  Originally for commemorating the defeated Catalan troops in the War of the Spanish Succession (from 1701 to 1714), the national day was brought back in 1980 by the Catalonian government after Franco’s dictatorship ended.  Now, on the National Day there are events and celebrations in Catalan villages as well as demonstrations in favour of Catalonia becoming an independent state, separate to Spain. Many Catalonians want independence from Spain, including teenagers. Today in Barcelona, there’s a big, non-violent march through the centre of the city( in which people of all ages will participate) where people are expressing their views. It’s going to be interesting to see how the Spanish government will react…

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3 comments

  1. 2e0mca

    I understand that there was a very large march in Barcelona – some reports say 1.5 million people took part! One thing that I find intriguing is the much quieter activity in French Catalonia – sure, they’ve all got their black donkeys on their cars but the protest seems muted.

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