Two million Catalans braved the hazard of an authorities boot in the face to require self-reliance. Similar to Scotland and Greece, this was a contemporary, cosmopolitan type of nationalism
T he very first group that attempted to develop the barrier were schookids. They connected the crash barriers together throughout the alley and connected them with an inch-thick cable television. The next group, boys with wispy bristle and ladies in hoodies, revealed contempt: they wished to stack the barriers on top of some bags of cement rather. As they talked about the choices, a 3rd group showed up, took apart the initial structure and reconstruct it as a 20ft-deep fascine.
This was at the Escola Industrial on Sunday night, a university complex acting as a ballot station in Catalonia’s self-reliance referendum . The vote had actually been considered unlawful by the Spanish state, however obligatory by the Catalan federal government, whose bulk had actually been built around a single concern: self-reliance or bust.
By now pictures of authorities violence versus serene citizens, young and old, were zipping throughout social networks. Old individuals pulled to the ground; leaving ladies struck with batons; a male got on down half a flight of stairs by a totally armoured riot police. These images were terrible Europa , however the countless individuals grating in the school yard did not look shocked or scared.
After the referendum on Scottish self-reliance in 2014 , and the Greek vote to decline austerity in June 2015 , individuals who withstand the social and financial order in Europe understand that state-backed scare methods belong to the offer.
Though ruthless, the Guardia Civil actions on Sunday were computed: in the choice of riot teams from outdoors locations, where casual hatred of Catalans is swarming; in the targeting of old individuals and females; and in the identify nature of the interventions, which individuals on the barriers believed were focused on middle-class locations.
There were countless riot polices on hand, on ships in the harbour. If Madrid had actually wished to, it might have taken every tally box within minutes and, for great procedure, jammed the mobile phone app the Catalan authorities were utilizing to tally the outcomes versus the electoral roll. Prime minister Mariano Rajoy desired to send out a subtler message: let the most impassioned separatists have their vote and get their heads broken, while terrifying the rest of the population into non-participation, consisting of any waverers.
At the 6 ballot stations I went to in the north and east of Barcelona, just one had actually been closed down. Behind the smashed window of the Joan Fuster neighborhood centre were 2 15-year-old kids in baseball caps, securing a single tally box they had actually concealed from the riot authorities. Citizens had actually merely moved to other ballot stations: the back end of the line for the closest one was simply lawns away.
For the entire day ballot was sluggish, since the sites were being jammed, stated election authorities. It still occurred. That’s why, in the middle of the baton slaps and rubber bullets, 2 million individuals handled to cast a countable vote, with 90% ballot Yes to self-reliance. And as they voted, it aimed to me like a contemporary cosmopolitan country was being born. That’s an unusual occasion in the age of globalisation, however it may not be the last.