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11th September is also celebrated as a defeat in another small nation.|
I'm talking about Catalunya. Today a part of Spain. Catalunya's capital city is Barcelona!
The 11th of september of 1714, the catalans lost their independence to the troops of the Borbon king Felipe (Philipp) the Vth. From then on, Catalunya has never been an independent state any more.
After years in the dark in 1932, with the proclamation of the Republiv, Catalunya regained a certain independent status, only to loose it a few years later with the victory of Franco, who not only forbid any celebrations for the 11th of September, but even banned and strongly punished the display of symbols, language or songs.
After 40 years, in 1979, after the death of the dictator, Catalunya, an autonmous region by then in Spain, celebrated the 11th of september again. Millions, believe, me I was there, millions jumped to the streets in what today still drives tears of emotion for those who we attended. As one only soul and under one only slogan "Visca,visca,visca Catalunya!" (should be translated as long life Catalunya!).
Today Catalunya is an autonomous region inside Spain. Catalunya has own lwas in many areas, rules its own education and shares the tax effort with the rest of Spain. While in China, I frequently think of Macau and Hong Kong as similar. One country, two systems!
But the 11th of September of 1714 Catalunya lost a battle to a King. In 1979, Catalunya won the war of autonomy.
[ Last edited by longzhou at 2006-11-4 02:06 PM ]