Last Saturday's colossal demonstration in Barcelona is being reported on by media all over the world
Newspapers such as ?The Financial Times?, the ?Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung? and ?Le Monde?, online portals such as ?The New York Times?, ?The Washington Post? and the ?BBC World?, and TV News such as ?Euronews? and ?France 24? have all covered it
Paris (CNA).- More than a million people were demonstrating last Saturday in Barcelona against the Spanish Constitutional Court\u2019s sentence against the Catalan Statute of Autonomy. The sentence that reduces Catalonia\u2019s autonomy brought Catalan citizens to protest massively on the streets. International press all over the world reported on the demonstration on Sunday and, for paper press, especially on Monday. Media from France, the UK, Germany, the US, and many other countries explained what has been the largest demonstration in history held in Barcelona for greater self-government and against Spanish centralism. In some cases, they link the demonstration to the celebration for Spain\u2019s victory in the FIFA World Cup.
In the United Kingdom, \u2018The Financial Times\u2019 has published an article from its Madrid correspondent who states that Saturday\u2019s demonstration \u201Cshows the weakness of Spanish political unity\u201D. The economic newspaper dedicates an entire article to Barcelona\u2019s demonstration, which generally speaking has not really been covered by the UK\u2019s press. The FT links Saturday\u2019s demonstration to the celebrations of Spain\u2019s victory in the FIFA World Cup and states that Catalans suffer from \u201Cdivided loyalties\u201D. In the United Kingdom, \u2018The Financial Times\u2019 has published an article from its Madrid correspondent who states that Saturday\u2019s demonstration \u201Cshows the weakness of Spanish political unity\u201D. The economic newspaper dedicates an entire article to Barcelona\u2019s demonstration, which generally speaking has not really been covered by the UK\u2019s press. The FT links Saturday\u2019s demonstration to the celebrations of Spain\u2019s victory in the FIFA World Cup and states that Catalans suffer from \u201Cdivided loyalties\u201D.
\u2018The Guardian\u2019 has published a short piece of news on the demonstration that includes the opinion of a young Catalan who affirms that he would like to have a Catalan football team but is proud that Catalan players are those leading the Spanish team.
The main newspapers in Germany, the \u2018Süddeutsche Zeitung\u2019 and the \u2018Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung\u2019, have published on Monday large pictures of the massive demonstration, one of the images picturing a participant\u2019s poster saying, \u201CCatalonia, the next European state\u201D.
The celebrations for Spain\u2019s victory interfere with German coverage
The report of the FAZ mixes data from Saturday\u2019s demonstration with the victory of the Spanish football team in South Africa\u2019s World Cup. The article stresses that, while in some Catalan towns the victory was almost not celebrated at all, in others the euphoria was maximum.
In France, both \u2018Le Figaro\u2019 and \u2018Libération\u2019 issued a short piece of news about the demonstrations on Monday, while in the same edition, on the front page they are covering Spain\u2019s football team\u2019s victory. \u2018Le Monde\u2019, however, portrayed a long article on the issue from a special envoy to Barcelona. The analysis explains the controversy about the Constitutional Court\u2019s sentence and the evolution of Catalan independence supporters in the last years.
The Belgian press has reported this Monday that more than a million citizens were demonstrating on the street to claim that \u201CCatalonia is a nation\u201D and \u201Cchallenge the sentence of the Spanish Constitutional Court\u201D, tells the Francophone newspaper \u2018La Libre Belgique\u2019. The Flemish \u2018De Standaard\u2019 also takes notice of the Catalan claim: \u201COur culture is different\u201D is its headline.
Czech press has highlighted the demonstration
The press in Czech Republic has also covered the demonstration. The online version of \u2018Lidove Noviny\u2019 explains, \u201CBarcelona gathers a million people that claim for greater autonomy\u201D and \u201Cprotest against the Constitutional Court\u2019s decision\u201D that has denied Catalonia the term \u201Cnation\u201D.
In the United States, the repercussion has been essentially through the main newspapers. The Associated Press release that stated \u201CCatalans demonstrate to claim for greater autonomy within Spain\u201D has been published in the online edition of the \u2018The Washington Post\u2019, \u2018The New York Times\u2019, \u2018Chicago Tribune\u2019, and \u2018Los Angeles Times\u2019. The text, almost the same in all of the publications, focuses on the number of participants given by the police (1.1 million people) and explains that \u201Calthough the Spanish Government has given more powers to the region\u201D, last Friday Spain\u2019s \u201Chighest court stated that the Constitution only recognises the Spanish nation\u201D and no other.