Between the abstention and the angry at the polls: “They should have postponed it”

Calm down This is how the day of reflection in the city of Barcelona has passed. The promenade of the Rambla was full of pedestrians and it was common to see older couples strolling during the morning without a marked rhythm. Remei and Francisco were in the crowd. They are the grandparents of several grandchildren. He wishes they studied many languages, because he looks back and sees a world too globalized to “castling only in Catalan”. They are Catalanists, but they will not vote this Sunday because, although they have always been on the left, the current options do not define them.

As Remei explains, the pandemic has little to do with it, what keeps them from going to the electoral college is a political dynamic that they do not share: “I had always voted, but in the previous elections I did not vote and in this I won’t either. The pure Catalans, with both surnames from here, are already very few. And that diversity is a wealth. It makes no sense to shut down, “he says. They look at their family, they look at the world, and they don’t share certain points. They do not understand that in school people pay more to teach English and then not so much Spanish is taught. “We are parents and grandparents, and we see it differently,” they detail with a smile in their eyes. Then they turn and continue their walk.

The vice-president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, in the plenary session of the Parliament.  EUROPA PRESS 12/2/2020

Going down towards the sea, two 19-year-olds, Ana and Victoria, pass by the Liceo de Barcelona. Ana will not vote. “I do not want to do it because of the management they have made of the pandemic and because they do not take into account the health of the population,” he answers bluntly. She looks at her friend with intrigue. Victoria will vote, but because circumstances push her. Victoria is affiliated with ERC and has to go to the polls as a proxy for the party, but believes the elections should have been postponed. He does not like to go: “I don’t want to go because I don’t like how it’s set up, I don’t care to catch the virus. If we can’t leave home, we shouldn’t go out to vote either. Because they are going to infect the entire population“, she expresses worried.

On the other hand, several people interviewed by La Información have responded that they will go to the polls to prevent the party they hate from being elected. Or that they vote harder because it makes them angry to think that the holding of the elections responds to a political strategy. There have been denominations that have arisen from a noticeable satiety and weariness. Deposit the vote so that it does not come out “the right “ or to remove “the yellow rats” from their post are comments collected on the Rambla.

La Rambla in Barcelona.
La Rambla de Barcelona, ​​a few hours after the polling stations open.
Beatriz Jimenez

Pedro is one of those who believes that everything follows a plan. He thinks, like Ana and Victoria, that the 14-F should have been postponed. “It is logical, as has happened in the Basque Country or in Galicia. Because it is a health issue “, he responds indignantly in front of the sea of ​​Barceloneta at 7:00 p.m. “They will be surprised. I was not going to vote, but they will not get away with it,” he argues, looking at his wife, who is next to him, nodding to everything her husband says. “They have been programmed for a better result and to penalize the independence movement. Well, precisely we are going to vote for that, because independence is the majority here, “he concludes.

Like Pedro, Cristina, 35, I would not have voted first either. But there are too many things that push it: “There is no transparency with taxes, there is a lot of crime in Barcelona, you do not have access to work, to aid now with the Covid … But I will vote for the animal supporters, because it is in the only cause that I believe, “she details jaded. The waves on the beach of Barcelona break with force and have The wind has risen. After the day of reflection, the movement begins. All the cards are thrown.

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