Translation from GreekMariniki Koliaraki

Author: Katerina Karavia

Three days since the referendum for its independence has been held, Catalonia is still like a lid has been put on the pressure-cooker. Besides the hundreds of scenes of police violence have been seen and experienced by Catalans who wanted to pursue an obvious democratic right of voting cannot be forgotten.

Scenes that will be engraved to the collective memory of the citizens such as the final victory of YES in the ballot box. Feelings have been many and ambiguous, joy and sadness, excitement and frustration about what happened and about what will come.

Frustration and excitement are the feelings that emerge also for Jordi Alcina, born and raised in Catalonia who live in Argentona, on the day of referendum. Excitement for the victory of “YES”, frustration for the voting been banned and hit.

“At the near village” he says “with only 2000 people population, 100 police officers of the Spanish police broke the windows and the doors of the school, they take the ballot boxes and they beat up the mayor and the voters”.

Of course he did not fall out of the clouds. “We expected it” he tells us. “Once voting has been illegal and voters have been forced to guard the polling centers, we knew that the 1st of October will be a difficult day”.

In addition, Rajoy had taken care to send 7,000 more police officers to the area, an area he refuses to lose from his territory. “It would affect the prestige of the former colonialism and reduce the inflow of money to its coffers” explains Jordi.

On the day of referendum Jordi was afraid as he told us. “Spain has a large dark chapter in its history that is called fascism, a chapter that is not closed with the death of Franco (typical example is that the Francisco Franco Institute is currently funded by the Spanish State). In a State which has never put the dictatorship on trial and its crimes the extreme expressions of fascism are awaited and scare many people”.

However, as he tells us, from that day on, the most shocking thing he enlisted in his memory was “the struggle given by the Catalan people to vote and that with his persistence, solidarity and organization he managed”.

As for the future, Jordi as most of the Catalans “hope and expect independence. United and determined”.