PODCAST: Independence referendum 5 years on - what happened, its legacy, movement in limbo

Vote marred by police violence was peak of political conflict between Catalonia and Spain, and still shapes the country's politics today

Spanish police officers tackling a voters in Girona's Escola Bruguera on October 1, 2017
Spanish police officers tackling a voters in Girona's Escola Bruguera on October 1, 2017 / Marina López
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October 1, 2022 10:02 AM

October 1, 2022 02:45 PM

October 1, 2017 was a day like no other in Catalonia. An independence referendum took palace despite Spain's ban and its police cracking down on voters. How did events unfold and how much of a game changer was the vote for the independence movement and for Catalan politics?

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Alejandra Angulo Alonso is joined by Guifré Jordan to talk about 2017 Catalonia's referendum on independence from Spain and its impact five years later, including the movement currently finding itself in limbo. Two experts on political science join the discussion: Toni Rodon, assistant professor at Barcelona’s Universitat Pompeu Fabra and fellow at the London School of Economics in London; and Dani Cetrà, post-doctoral researcher at the University of Barcelona and former research fellow at the University of Edinburgh.

We also hear reports from Cillian Shields: a timeline of the day, and word from all parties in the current parliament, both for and against independence, on what they thought off the vote and what it means in today's political context. 

This week's Catalan phrase is ‘Això va a missa’ which means “this decision is final.” 

Get in touch with the podcast team: fillingthesink@acn.cat

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