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Saturday, 27 october 2012 | Financial Times


Recommended: "The town that started Catalan deluge" in the Financial Times

We recommend the article "The town that started Catalan deluge" published in the Financial Times.

An excerpt:

Tucked inland away from the ribbon development of the Catalan coast, Arenys de Munt is remarkable for its riera – the sand-strewn main street that doubles up as a flood channel, draining the steep wooded hills around. 
Nearly every one of the elegant, modernista facades along the street sports a Catalan flag. This is hardly surprising: for like the water that pours through it in torrents after the autumn rains, Arenys was where the recent Catalan nationalist deluge started.

Here, three years ago, local nationalists held the first of a series of informal, local plebiscites on independence that led inexorably to last month’s million-plus rally in Barcelona, an event that has turned Spanish politics on its head.

In the wake of that rally, Catalonia’s regional president, Artur Mas, called early elections for November, holding out the promise of a referendum on independence if his party regains power.

“We’re proud of what we started here,” says Ms Clopés.

It was just up the street from her haberdashery that the first plebiscite was held, on September 13, 2009, in a bar next to the town hall.

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