During the FC Barcelona – Real Madrid match, the whole stadium roars for independence !

The Catalans once again express their will to be free in the magnificent national setting of Barça’s Nou Camp


During today’s football match between Barcelona and Real Madrid, played at the Barça stadium, the roar for “independence” has once again been overwhelmingly present. Simultaneously, placards with the word “independence” have been shown repeatedly behind the FC Barcelona goal. A huge amount of outlawed “Senyera estelada” flags (the Catalan independence star and stripes symbol) have been waved throughout the stadium the whole match long in defiance of Madrid’s veto of the Catalan independence flag.

After the huge Demonstration that filled the streets of Barcelona last 11th September (Catalan National Day, when a million and a half Catalans demonstrated in favour of the freedom of their nation under the slogan “Catalonia, a New State in Europe”, the firm steps that are being taken in the direction of independence are becoming more and more perceptible.

The shouts in favour of independence have not been common in the Nou Camp in the last few decades, but since the Champion League match played against Spartak last September 19th, this habit has grown into a regular feature on the terraces. Today these shouts have become especially loud, with a roaring peak 17 minutes and 14 seconds into the first half (the dígits corresponding to the year in which the Catalan nation lost its freedom).

This deafening roar in favour of independence is a clear sign that many Catalans believe that their future is outside Spain, a State that has systematically mocked, insulted and robbed them.

Oriol Falguera


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