Mobilization and dialogue. These have been the messages that the parties have launched at the beginning of the Diada. While the pro-independence formations have called to participate in the demonstration that this afternoon will organize the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), PSC and ‘comuns’ have focused on the dialogue table between the Government and the Generalitat next week and have trusted that it will serve to change the course of Catalan politics.
One more year the Diada has started with the traditional floral offering that parties and institutions have made at the Rafael Casanova monument. Despite the fact that less mobilization due to the coronavirus and the fatigue of the independence bases after almost a decade of procés is taken for granted, ERC and Junts have insisted on asking citizens to attend the ANC march.
The general secretary of Junts, Jordi Sànchez, has called for “mobilization and determination to win freedom” and move towards the independence of Catalonia. Sànchez has starred in the floral offering together with the former councilors of the Generalitat Josep Rull and Joaquim Forn, in his first Diada after leaving prison thanks to the pardon granted by the Government.
Also the pardoned prisoners of ERC, with their leader Oriol Junqueras at the head, have starred in the floral offering of the Republicans. The deputy general secretary and ERC spokesperson, Marta Vilalta, has asked to mobilize to strengthen the independence movement before the dialogue table and to make an alliance between citizens and institutions that will “make the referendum unbeatable.”
The discrepancies between ERC and Junts on the table have been confirmed again this September 11: Jordi Sànchez has had no doubts to declare himself “deeply skeptical” of the dialogue.
For his part, the head of the opposition and leader of the PSC in the Parliament, Salvador Illa, has demanded that the Government take advantage of the celebration of the Diada to “open a sincere and honest dialogue within Catalonia” that allows to confront with guarantees the ” great challenges “posed by the exit from the COVID-19 crisis.
Illa has gone to the monument of the Minister in Cap during the fall of Barcelona accompanied by the Minister of Transport, Raquel Sánchez, protagonist this week for the brake on the expansion of the El Prat airport. Before the offerings started, the former minister had a relaxed talk with the president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, and with the vice president, Jordi Puigneró.
The leader of En Comú Podem in Parliament, Jéssica Albiach, has advocated that the dialogue table serve “to get out of the impasse of blockade and paralysis.” “For the first time we have majorities willing to resolve this political conflict through politics in a bilateral way,” he emphasized, to later point out that Catalan politics is at “a turning point.” And the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, has expressed “all the confidence” in the dialogue table, in which, she added, it will be possible “to talk about everything without haste or pressure.”
As usual in recent years, PP and Ciudadanos have not participated in the floral offering at the monument to Rafael Casanova. Inés Arrimadas’ party will hold its own act at noon in Barcelona.