The independence movement mobilizes in the Diada divided by the dialogue table

The independence mobilizes this Saturday on the occasion of the Diada of September 11 and will do so with an eye on the dialogue table between the Generalitat and the Government scheduled for next week, which generates tensions and discrepancies between the parties and entities favorable to the independence of Catalonia. After last year was the most lowered Diada in recent years due to restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, this time it will be held more normally but still conditioned by the limitations of Covid-19.

The focus will be on the Barcelona demonstration called by the ANC, which this year has the motto ‘Lluitem i guanyem la independeència’ (‘Let’s fight and win independence’) and will now be a march to use unlike in recent years, more characterized by massive and static mobilizations that sought to fill large spaces in those who did some kind of ‘performance’. The demonstration, which can be held because The Government has lifted as of this Friday the restrictions on the meeting of people, will begin in Plaza Urquinaona, where there were great disturbances after the sentence of 1-O. It will go down Via Laietana, passing in front of the National Police Station, and will end in front of Estació de França, where a ceremony will be held with speeches by the president of the ANC, Elisenda Paluzie; from Òmnium, Jordi Cuixart, and from the AMI, Jordi Gaseni.

It is expected that the demonstration will be attended by the main leaders of ERC and Junts, as well as the president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, the majority of councilors of the Government and the president of the Parliament, Laura Borràs, while on the part of the CUP will be the president of the group of the Parliament, Dolors Sabater.

The ANC has not wanted to set a figure that makes the mobilization a success and believes that it cannot be compared with demonstrations in other years because it will still take place in a pandemic context, but Paluzie explained on Thursday that they plan to bring together a group of ” six digits “and trust it to be one of the largest mobilizations in Europe in times of coronavirus.

The division at the table

For the convening entity, this demonstration seeks to show that independence will be achieved by fighting from the mobilization of citizenship together with the action of the institutions, and in recent days the Government and the pro-independence parties have defended that it should serve to demonstrate again the “strength” of the sovereign movement. However, it is foreseeable that the differences that exist in the face of the dialogue table will be made visible, which the independence movement faces divided: ERC is the only actor that clearly bets on the table, Junts constantly criticizes it although it participates in it, the CUP does not believe in the dialogue strategy despite the fact that it agreed with the Republicans to give it a two-year margin, and the ANC has taken a position against it.

In fact, on Monday the deputy general secretary and ERC spokesperson, Marta Vilalta, already asked not to use this demonstration to “attack and point to fellow independence travelers” or to the strategy of dialogue, especially one week after the meeting of the Generalitat and the Government, still with the unknown whether the Prime Minister will attend, Pedro Sanchez.

Sánchez himself has opted to celebrate this Saturday a Day of “reunion” and work for “a positive Catalonia”. “For a Diada where reunion, affection and harmony guide us,” Sánchez wrote on Twitter, wishing all Catalans a happy Diada. “Let’s move towards what unites us, let’s work for a positive Catalonia, who is walking decisively towards a future of progress “, he underlined in his message, which he has published in both Spanish and Catalan.

First Diada after the pardons

This Diada will be the first after the pardons to the inmates of 1-O, so that it will be the first September 11 in which the independence leaders who were imprisoned can participate in the acts with total freedom. In fact, some of them will star in events, such as the one organized by Òmnium with Cuixart at the helm, together with “international personalities recognized throughout the world for their fight for human, civil and political rights”, and the one that ERC will do with its leader. , Oriol Junqueras.

As usual, this Saturday the traditional acts of the Diada will be held, such as the offerings of institutions, parties, entities and unions to the Rafael Casanova monument first thing in the morning. At 10 pm the institutional act organized by the Generalitat and the Parliament will be held before the four columns of Puig i Cadafalch in Montjuïc: This year it will commemorate the speech that cellist Pau Casals made to the UN General Assembly 50 years ago and will feature the artistic direction of the actress and director Marta Bayarri and the musical direction of Jofre Bardagí.

Another of the usual events in the Diadas is the demonstration organized by the Independence Left, formed by organizations such as the CUP, Arran and the SEPC, among others, and that this year it will once again mobilize from Plaza Urquinaona to Plaza Comercial under the motto ‘La Lluita es l’únic camí’ (‘The fight is the only way’).

The opponents of independence

Apart from the pro-independence acts, the anti-independence parties will also carry out some acts on the occasion of the Diada, which for years have criticized that it has become a holiday for Catalan pro-independence and not for the whole of Catalan society, according to them. .

The PSC It will limit its activity to institutional events, such as the offering to the Rafael Casanova monument, which will be led by Minister Raquel Sánchez, former President José Montilla and the leader of the PSC in Parliament and head of the opposition, Salvador Illa; And so will the comuns, although the president of United We Can in Congress, Jaume Asens, will also participate in the Òmnium act. So much Vox, Cs as PP they will do their own acts: those of Ignacio Garriga will participate in a training session of the Denaes Foundation; the orange party will celebrate the act ’11S: dismantling the nationalist myth’ in Barcelona with its leaders in the Parliament, Carlos Carrizosa, and in the Barcelona City Council, Luz Guilarte, and the historian Jordi Canal; and the PP will read a manifesto in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona).

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