The return of Cuixart and Sanchez to the Diada

BarcelonaFrom 2015 to 2017, both Jordi Sànchez, as president of the ANC, and Jordi Cuixart, the top leader of Òmnium, were the two great catalysts of the massive mobilizations until the holding of the 1 -O. Almost four years later -they both went to prison on October 16, 2017-, they were able to live the Diada again yesterday, already free thanks to the granting of pardons by the Spanish government.

Cuixart did not hide his joy yesterday to get back at the head of the march. After taking almost forty minutes to climb the Via Laietana by the dozens of people who stopped him to chat or take pictures with him as if he were a football or rock star, he reached the headline raising the arms in victory amid a standing ovation from the audience. Moments earlier, Sanchez, Carme Forcadell and Elisenda Paluzie, as leaders of the ANC of different stages, took a picture together in front of the banner that opened the demonstration also receiving loud applause from the protesters who arrived early to see in situ the main representatives of independence.

With the same white shirt of the day he entered Soto del Real with which he wanted to symbolize that he had nothing to hide from justice and that he continues to wear important days, Cuixart admits in statements to ARA that yesterday he lived a “ torrent of emotions ”. “The state wanted us to be divided and not to exercise fundamental rights, and here we are,” he said.

Feeling of reluctance

In any case, as he had done yesterday morning at the Omnium event, Cuixart remarked that he still has a feeling of resentment for those who still suffer the effects of repression: “Four years ago there were no exiles or 3,000 retaliated against. nor 150 open cases. We have a responsibility not to leave anyone behind and I think a lot about President Puigdemont, Marta Rovira or Anna Gabriel, because last September 11th we were together ”.

In front of those who foretold that this Day would puncture in terms of the number of attendees, the president of Omnium stressed the great response of the people. “We have shown that organized civil society is still very much alive and this is a collective success, not of a specific entity.”

Jordi Sànchez also revived yesterday the feeling of pride he had every time a Diada was celebrated. “In spite of everything, the people have remained faithful and enthusiastic and the participation has been massive. People are pushing, but they are still excited, ”he said in a conversation with ARA. In this regard, he stressed that yesterday was also not a coven against the political class for lack of a unitary strategy to achieve independence, although the whistles to ERC leaders were heard throughout the march.

In addition to reuniting with members of the ANC with whom he shared many battles and who stopped him to greet him and with anonymous people who conveyed their relief to see him out of prison, the now JxCat general secretary experienced two very special moments yesterday. Coincidentally, he was able to meet in person two people who have been writing letters to him for the last four years: start earlier ”.

These are Eva, a teacher from Figueres, and Dorita, a newcomer who has joined the pro-independence cause and lives in Tossa de Mar. “With her we have to wait to have a lunch with the other prisoners as soon as we find the day because we are all very excited,” says Sanchez excited to finally face them. “Most answered, not all,” he admits after recalling that they received thousands and thousands of letters during their entire stay in prison and that they did not give the scope. Those letters, however, meant a breath of fresh air and one more motivation to move forward when the bars and cells closed an uncertain horizon.

Jordi Sànchez, Josep Rull and Joaquim Forn, in the floral offering to Rafel de Casanova

Days in jail

For the Jordis and the other pro-independence leaders condemned by the Supreme Court, three days in prison were left behind yesterday, the first of which was in Madrid and the other two in Lledoners. Accustomed to being on the front line, it was not easy for any of them not to be present on a day when few of them had ever missed.

In fact, Sanchez recalls that despite being locked up, the Diada was not a day like any other. “We put on the ANC T-shirts from other days and distributed them to other prisoners who identified with our cause,” reveals the former president of the Assembly, who reports that they were following the day on television eager for power to be there again someday.

Sanchez, like Cuixart, has not participated in a demonstration since 3-0 in 2017, when a crowd took to the streets to denounce the repression of the 1-O. Yesterday there were fewer who took to the streets, but for the Jordis nothing has changed. “I’m back in 2017,” says Sanchez with a wide smile.


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