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Thousands protest in Barcelona against Catalan independence
"We feel both Catalan and Spanish," Araceli Ponze, 72, said during Sunday's rally. "We are facing a tremendous unknown. We will see what happens this week but we have to speak out very loudly so they know what we want."

Puigdemont will address the Catalan parliament at 6 p.m. (1600 GMT) on Tuesday on "the current political situation" amid speculation he could ask the assembly to declare independence.

Rally for Art. 155
Sunday's demonstration in Barcelona was organised by the anti-independence group Catalan Civil Society to mobilise what it believes is a "silent majority" that opposes independence.

"The people who have come to demonstrate don't feel Catalan so much as Spanish," said 40-year-old engineer Raul Briones, wearing a Spanish national soccer team shirt. "We like how things have been up until now and want to go on like this."

Reportage over the past week is developing a profile of businesses within the "silent majority" on which Cataluyna's prosperity purportedly rely.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Oct 9th, 2017 at 01:48:28 PM EST
Do you believe that a majority of the population of Catalonia is in favour of independence?
by Gag Halfrunt on Mon Oct 9th, 2017 at 06:40:49 PM EST
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I have no idea. In the first instance, the poll was spoiled by the gov't of Spain in more ways than one, not least of which duress in exercising the franchise. In the second, my dated impression is, over all the culture is bourgeois, inert, not predisposed to radical politics; that impression is unreliable.

If I were monarch, I would err on the side of majoritarian principle of "democracy", 50 +1% of 50+1% eligible voter turnout. Amen. Until further notice, as Zigmunt Baumann would say.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Oct 9th, 2017 at 07:02:03 PM EST
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