SEPTEMBER 11TH OF 1714 - SEPTEMBER 11TH OF 2014

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Tomorrow is the Day of Catalonia. On September 11th of 1714 (yes, this year is the 300th anniversary) Barcelona fell after a prolonged siege and were heavily punished.

The background history is this: Spain didn’t have a king and several European Houses, just like in Game of Thrones, fought for the vacant throne. The final showdown were Austria vs Borbon, a German and a French lineage.

While Spain was mainly supporting Borbon, Catalonia were supporting Austria for the reason that Borbon House was an Absolutist house, this means that Catalonia supported the house that would respect their identity and history, running from the idea of a future where their customs and traditions would be abolished.

Borbon House beated badly the Austria House and finally sieged Barcelona for a year. With the fall of Barcelona, the war finished and the population of the city were considered traitors and punished with the systematical abolition of every aspect of their folklore and culture. Well, they couldn’t make it.

The history afterwards has been the will of the Catalonia people of being accepted as they are, but with a Borbon on the Throne is a spiky topic on the 21th century. That is what is celebrated tomorrow, the overcome of adversities and the identity of a land with no right to an identity.

From some year on, a group of citizens has been planning a politically significant performance. This year’s project is draw a big “V” (Victory) on the streets of Barcelona referred to the forthcoming poll on independence on November the 9th. A referendum with not a very clear future given that the permission must be granted by Felipe VI de Borbon, the actual king, and their minions.

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