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Baltic Way's influence – Catalonia join hands for independence

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Wednesday, September 11, several hundred thousand people will join hands and form a 400 km long line to celebrate the National Day of Catalonia and demonstrate their will detach from the rest of Spain.

It is planned that approximately 400,000 people will participate in the event, which was largely inspired by the Baltic Way.

The plan has it that the people will join hands at exactly 17:14 local time. This will symbolically commemorate September 11, 1714, when the Bourbon forces defeated the Catalonia army. This day is celebrated as National Day of Catalonia or Diada.

This event is organized by the Catalan National Assembly – NGO that stands for the province’s independence. 5,000 volunteers provide assistance to the organizers. It is planned that 1,500 buses will be used to transport participants to their locations.

4,000 police officers will be stationed to keep the event peaceful.

Opposers of the independence of Catalonia plan to hold their own protest act in Barcelona.

Catalonians do not hide that they use the Baltic Way as an example for their planned event.

“You, Baltics, have been a long example of how to hold peaceful and democratic course of action,” – Catalan newspaper Punt Avui journalist Oskar Palau told the Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas newspaper in an interview. He informs Catalonians of the Via Catalana (Catalon Way).

This newspaper has already written a number of articles about the independence of Baltic States and the Baltic Way. “The history of Baltic States would not be possible to understand without the Baltic Way”, – they write.

Former television journalist Marti Anglada was largely interested in attempts of acquiring independence of small nations in many countries of the world. His latest book, Four paths of independence, came out this year. It studies the history of Latvia’s, Estonia’s, Lithuania’s and Slovakia’s independence.

“Catalonia’s current situation is similar to that of the Baltic States. We have the same objective, because there are many people living here who came from Spain,” – he writes in his book.

Catalan National Assembly had found some of the original organizers from Lithuania and Latvia, hoping they would assist them with the event.

One of the initiators of the Catalan Way is also an honorary Consular in Barcelona, and active Baltic independence supporter Xavier Vinyals i Capdepon.

“The Baltic Way and Catalan Way are similar in how they unite the nation’s freedom attempts. Both the Baltic States and Catalonia have experienced the occupation of their lands. The only difference is that the Baltic States were under pressure from the Soviet Union – a dictatorship. We, on the other, hand live under democratic rule. I believe it was much harder for Baltic States to detach from the Soviet Union in 1989 than it will be for Catalonia to detach from Spain. You managed to use the window of opportunity with the crumbling Soviet Union rather well. If you hadn’t used it, it is unlikely you would be free today,” – he says.

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