Most of Catalans were a bit concerned of the results that the non-official referendum for independence would generate in Barcelona city. Last 10th April people of Barcelona were called to vote for the non-official referendum that is taking place in all municipalities along Catalan territory since 2009. The results of the capital were not only good, but have proved people from Barcelona are supporting the creation of a Catalan state.

An 89’7 % of people voted YES! Which means 230.590 voters! Excellent news for Catalonia…

Several renown and respected members of the Catalan society were present in the event; among them, the new President de la Generalitat, Mr.Artur Mas, went to Omnium to vote for a YES. The president has declared publicly in several occasions (now and before being elected) that he supports the indepence of Catalonia, despite some members of his party (CIU, like Mr. Duran i LLeida) are still blocking the current government to start taking direct actions.

Today, the Catalan parliament is seriously discussing the  law proposal from the organization Solidaritat Catalana that suggest actions should be taken to declare the state of independence during the next 4 years. However, it seems the lack of unity inside each political party as well as within the parliament could be the first obstacle to make things happen in the short-medium term. CIU (Convergència i Unió) who is now in charge of the Generalitat since Mr. Artur Mas was elected just last autumn, is the strongest Catalan national party having the strength of majority of voters in Catalan territory; however, some of the main leaders of CIU are still believing that Catalonia can go on being just an autonomic community, a region of Spain; while others, like Mas, openly support independence…

Mr.Mas, President of the Catalan government

In the left wing parties things do not look much better, unfortunately: on one hand, ERC (Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya) that has traditionally been the main party supporting independence even before Franco dictatorship, is very divided and its leaders lack of a common focus. The socialists (PSC-PSOE) and the ecologists (ICV)are mostly rising obstacles and contributing to a disintegration of the public opinion in Catalonia, though both have lost reputation after they ruined the Catalan government for the last 8 years of TRIPARTIT.

So the panorama is that in all political parties there are parliament representatives that support independence, and others don’t. If only 51% of the Catalan parliament members vote yes to support the declaration of independence, I believe Mr. Mas, aside from facing difficult troubles with his own party, will have to start restructuring the government and its competences to be efficient and independent from the current Spanish administration very soon.