BeyondThePale: Independence and Diversion

Momentum is building for the March for Independence that will take place in Barcelona on 11 September, Catalunya’s National Day. So many people are going that all the private bus companies have run out of buses for that day. Seven hundred buses will be bringing people from every town and village to the capital. Tickets for many of them have already been sold out. In addition to private buses, the cities of Girona and Figueres have also contracted for two special trains that will transport an additional 1000 independenistes. I will not be among them. I received several offers to march together from blog readers (thank you!) but have decided to stay home that day and cheer on the crowd (sincerely) from my living room while I watch them on TV.

The official banner for the march has been unveiled. It says Catalunya, a New Nation of Europe. Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida, the head of one of the right-wing Catalan political parties, today changed his mind and decided he would attend the march since, he said, it was not about independence. Why he would say that I cannot fathom. I’ve been wondering how many people will march. Tens of thousands? I’m sure it will be massive and can now feel a bit off the hook since Duran i Lleida will be there to take my place, even if his motives for going are a mystery.

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