When has a revolution ever been legal?
Many gathered this Sunday to vote for independence. According to the Guardian, 90% 2.26 Million people of voted in favor.
During the voting an approximately 839 citizens and 33 police officers were injured. This made many people very angry, and those who were on the fence for independence joined the referendum. Many businesses closed there doors and the metro stopped running.
Today, Barcelona felt different. The usual business of everyday life seemed to stop. Instead of rushing from place to place people congregated in the streets, adorned in flags, claiming independence. The mumbles of yesterdays referendum have now turned into shouts of a revolution. Millions of people crowded the streets, shouting,
"These streets will be ours."
The central Spanish government has made a vow to stop the revolution from happening. What would Spain be without the wealthiest region in the east, that accounts for a fifth of Spain's GDP? So far, the Spanish government has dismissed Sunday's vote as unconstitutional. Which is true, however, when has a revolution ever been "constitutional?"
It is difficult to predict what will happen in the coming weeks for Spain and Catalonia. Tomorrow, the European parliament will hold a special debate on the issue.
My personal feelings are very mixed. I believe the people of Catalan have a right to express their culture and be recognized as a strong presence in Spain. I think Spain should allow a legal vote once the commotion has quieted. Furthermore, Spain should give the people of Catalan a reason to stay. The violence procured by the Spanish police on Sunday only made the argument for independence stronger.
I am in the midst of a great cultural event for Catalan and Spain. The vote was passed, albeit illegal but this is a revolution, rules are changing and some are being broken. I am curious the people of Catalan progress, will they be successful?
Catalonia will not rest until there is an answer.