For the creation of the Independent Catalan Republic, people will go to the street on the 11th of September in Barcelona at the Catalan National Day (Diada), but the event will be worse than last year’s euphoric mood – said Adriá Alsina, National National Movement of the National Congress (ANC) secretary to MTI’s interview in Barcelona.
He recalled that the large-scale demonstration of independence held each year since 2012 a few weeks before the local referendum on secession from Spain – which the Constitutional Court found unconstitutional and organized into police violence – preceded the “euphoric” campaign event.
This year, however, is different, and not only because of the “level” of the last referendum. “There are politicians in prison, the repression of freedom of expression is significant, and there is an increasingly active far right, that is, three things that were not a year ago,” he said.
In his view, the atmosphere of the recognition of general freedoms will be overwhelmed by the event, the password of which is “Create a republic!”.
This inscription is included on the formal, bright pink t-shirt of the march, of which over 270,000 pieces have been sold.
At ANC Barcelona’s headquarters, for a number of days, the bustle has been huge, at the entrance to the T-shirts, selling caps, banners and badges. In the corridors, other items of the parade are packed in cardboard boxes, among others molasses, posters.
One day before the event, the organization reported 400,000 registered riders.
As every year, this year’s chorus will take place as the parade takes place. People will shout at the word freely chosen by them, which best expresses their opinions, status, demands, and with this “voice” a decora- tion wall will be destroyed – Adriá Alsina explained.
He talked about the fact that he does not have the role of political parties on the march, is entirely about the demands of civil society.
While last year between the two sides there was a full agreement on the direction of independence efforts, this is not the case this year, there is a disagreement between the Catalan government, the various parties of independence and the civilians about the strategy to move forward.
“It’s still a mourning process to understand what happened last year.” “(…) how he made a mistake and how he made a mistake,” he reasoned.
As you said, there are some who are critical of the independence parties, because they believe they have taken a step back, as there are, of course, those who now support the politicians’ decisions.
According to Adrià Alsina, the creation of the Catalan Republic in the days after the referendum last year was “very close”.
“To be as close to 1 October last year, we need the same thing again: a mobilized civil society, that is largely lacking (…) but two feet missing. One: a parliament that is ready to accept a a declaration of independence and a government that is ready to implement it, “he said.
The civilian leader saw that Spain had a new socialist government for three months, “the words and the tone have changed,” but this can not be solved by a political conflict.
“I have been waiting for the state for years,” he added, adding that while there are “hostages” while Catalan politicians are sitting in jail, they can not actually be negotiated.
Adriá Alsina also said that after the Diada, they will be preparing for further moves: the first on September 20, and the next on October 1st, the anniversary of the referendum. According to the current vision, the last year’s referendum will gather people in the designated schools for polling stations – he added.
He stressed: he does not mind violent events happening in the moves.
“In my opinion, the social situation in Catalonia is thousands of times more calm than in many states in the United States, or even in several districts of France. There are no lit candles and cars,” he said, arguing that differences of opinion can not be called a social break.
According to a recent survey published by the Catalan Center for Opinions at the end of July, 46.7 percent of Catalans support the independence pursuits. Their rate was 48 percent in April.
The number of people rejecting independence was 44.9 percent, which showed a 1.2 percent increase in three months.