HUGE numbers took to the streets on September 11 on Diada Day (Catalan National Day) to echo their continued support for independence whilst Catalan First Minister Carles Puigdemont said the region was now on course to complete its 18-month road map towards independence.
He went on to say that at least Catalonia had a working government unlike the rest of Spain and that this Diada Day would be the last prior to independence even though, a week earlier, Spain’s director of public prosecutions, Consuelo Madrigal, told King Felipe that her colleagues were ready to defend the Spanish Constitution with criminal prosecutions if the pro-independence challenge in Catalonia continues.
None of this bodes well for either side although the Catalan leader indicated that he still hoped that there would be an agreed referendum on independence which would have the blessing of the Spanish government.
In the meantime, Spain’s interim Foreign Secretary, José Margallo added to the controversy by saying that the secession of the north-eastern region would be worse than a terrorist attack.
His actual words were “You can get through a crisis, get over a terrorist attack, but the dissolution of Spain is absolutely irreversible.” He then added that he could not see how the UN could possibly recognise an independent Catalonia.
Whilst the politicians continue to argue, it would appear that the numbers on the streets suggest that there is still a very strong pro-independence movement amongst the Catalan population.