- Posted September 12, 2013 by
Terres de l'Ebre Catalonia, Spain
September 11 is Catalonia’s National Day. This year, the Assamblea Nacional Catalana organized a human chain that stretched from the French Border, on the north, all the way to Valencia, on the south. The Via Catalana or Catalan Way, as the president of the Catalan government, Artur Mas, called it, was the society’s way to demonstrate to everyone that the Catalan society can unite peacefully and joyfully in one common goal: to be acknowledged as a people with the rights to a referendum.
At 17:14, church bells in the Seu Vella, a church in the province of Lleida, gave the starting signal: we all held hands and stood together across 400km. At that moment we all became one in the Via Catalana.
According to the Catalan minister Mr. Espadaler, 1,600,000 people came together under the Catalan flag. There were 30,000 volunteers that worked to make this great event happen.
It was very emotional for some, very exciting for others, and amazing to everyone involved.
We are hopeful that this event will have a big impact not only in Spain but also resonate in the rest of the world.