Barcelona, a photo a day

September 11th…

…is also La Diada, the national day of Catalunya. It commemorates the defeat of the Catalan troops during the War of the Spanish Succession. The Catalan troops that supported the Habsburg dinasty were defeated at the Siege of Barcelona by the troops of Bourbon Philip V of Spain on 11 September 1713 after 14 months of siege. The holiday was officially reinstated in 1980 by the autonomous governing body of Catalonia, the Generalitat de Catalunya, upon its restoration after the end of the Franco dictatorship. Independentist organizations and political parties traditionally lay floral offerings at the monuments of the leaders of the defense of the city Rafael Casanova and General Moragues for their fight against the king Philip V of Spain. Typically, Catalan nationalists organize demonstrations and meet at the Fossar de les Moreres of Barcelona, where they pay homage to the defenders of city who died during the siege and were buried there. Throughout the day, there are independentist demonstrations and cultural events in most of the country.
Nowadays… We’re going to a crisis, as you know. We have a new government in Madrid, which seems to do all they can do to make things worse. Catalunya, by far the richest community in Spain, is bankrupt, and had to ask Madrid for a 1 billion bail out, so schools and hospitals can remain open. Even though Catalunya actually finances the rest of Spain. About schools, it started again a few days back, with 20.000 alumni more than last year,  and 3.000 teachers less. Many schools have to close in the afternoon for lack of money.
Hospital… Are closing. Fast.
So, as you can guess, some very strong feelings  are going around. Most people want independence from Spain. 

I don’t know where we’re going. We just all hope it won’t be as bad as it is in Greece. And we certainly don’t want Mrs Merkel to take over here as well!

 UPDATE: 1 and 1/2 million people, according to the police, on the streets of Barcelona right now, and what do they all want? Independence from Spain.

4 responses

  1. VP

    Not a good sign. Where were all these guys when things get going bad? I understand the mood, but populism and easy way out are not the solution of our problems…


    September 12, 2012 at 9:55 pm

  2. Oh my gosh Rob, that is quite an awesome sight, surely with such a huge protest some changes will be made.


    September 12, 2012 at 3:49 pm

  3. Exciting times we live in.


    September 12, 2012 at 7:18 am

  4. Le problème de l'Europe est que nous avons une seule monnaie pour différentes économies très différentes. Cette monnaie convient aux Allemands, mais pas à l'Espagne.
    Les Allemands, c'est une vieille habitude, veulent diriger l'Europe dans leur intérêt personnel, sans le moindre souci quant aux conséquences sur les hommes qui peuplent les autres pays. Ils passent en force, avec des chars jadis, avec la finance aujourd'hui.
    Pour les pays tels que la Grèce, l'Espagne, le Portugal… Je pense que la meilleure solution (ou la moins mauvaise ?) serait une sortie de l'€ et un retour à leur monnaie nationale. On tente d'effrayer les gens quant à cette idée car on préfère les presser à coup d'austérité dans l'intérêt des multinationales qui sont nos véritables dirigeants.
    Je crains malheureusement que cette crise durera longtemps encore et que les plus faibles souffriront encore beaucoup…
    Bon courage,


    September 12, 2012 at 5:52 am