After weeks of street monopolized by the separatists, here the supporters of a unitary and united Spain were mobilized very strongly. First on Saturday in Madrid and in all the cities of Spain, and this Sunday in Barcelona, with hundreds of thousands of people all along the Via Laietana. And this, while Tuesday evening the separatist Carles Puigdemont must make a unilateral declaration of independence
There is certainly a before and an after. Until then, the street was the monopoly of the secessionists. This weekend, the supporters of a united Spain, those who strongly oppose the separation of Catalonia, have spoken out. They went out into the streets and said, this is their slogan, “Let’s find common sense”.
We are indeed witnessing a revival of Spanish nationalism. Mostly, he is not radical, he simply says that Catalonia is Spain, that half of the Catalans do not want independence.
These defenders of the homeland say that it is good to vote, not in the context of an illegal referendum but in the framework of regional legislative elections. They were called until then the silent majority.
They are no longer silent. It remains to be seen now how the other half of the Catalans will react, those who are determined to leave Spain and to found an independent Republic.
TESTIMONY: “There has been no substantive debate on independence”
Xavi is Catalan, he is 26 years old, and he is a student in international relations masters. It is very committed since 2012 for an independent Catalonia. According to him, it is Madrid that has for years undermined the status of Catalan autonomy, which has provoked an independence push. But he is wondering concretely how independence will really be.
“I do not know what the Catalan government should do. It is said that it could proclaim independence, but in fact, it would not have any concrete effect, it would be just to put pressure!There was no information because the NO supporters boycotted the referendum. There has been a lot of informal discussion in recent years about what an independent Catalonia would mean, but unfortunately, I do not think there has been enough debate on that. I think there was no substantive debate.
If independence were proclaimed, I would not go out to celebrate it, because it would not be a real independence, and I think everyone knows it. For the moment, we are not prepared for it. For there to be a process of independence, negotiations with the Spanish State would be necessary.According to what the members of the Catalan government announced, they will proclaim it. But they also said they wanted mediation and they are delaying this announcement. We’ll see.
What we are sure of is that nothing will be the same as before. Many things will change, for better or for worse. I, like many, will stand side by side with democracy, peace, and dialogue, so that this conflict can be resolved by democratic and peaceful means. ”