A different kind of march on the Catalan National Day

(Notes on the demonstration planned for September 11 in Barcelona)

On July 10, 2010, the traditionally reticent Catalans turned up in hundreds of thousands in central Barcelona for a truly massive political demonstration. The immediate cause was Spain’s virtual rejection of the self-rule charter that had been passed by their Parliament and endorsed in a referendum four years before. At the time, this revised Estatut had been seen in Catalonia as an honest proposal for a commonly acceptable political arrangement within the state’s framework. By 2010, however, many had despaired about the possibility of ever reaching such an agreement, and although the official theme for the march was not independence, this was exactly the word that most people were chanting that day on the streets of Barcelona.

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