In the end Puigdemont, has taken the sensible step of putting the declaration of independence on hold. he knows that the international community is taking note of what has been happening and although most have officially sided with Spain, almost all have said talks are necessary, so by doing what he has done, he is allowing the Spanish time to accept talks,
So where to from here, well the Spanish government’s reaction tonight was to contact all political leaders that side with them to create a solid front, tomorrow there is meeting of the cabinet and then Rajoy will appear before the parliament, most experts feel it will be to apply article 155 , which basically means the central government take over the Autonomy of catalonia. Not sure it will be a wise move, I mean the international community is asking for dialogue, not for doors to be closed, but it probably is what the Catalan nationalists are hoping for, once again it would boost support for independence .
Yes Tayto a huge rally in Barcelona yesterday, but as big as it was, it was a lot smaller than the annual independence marches held on the 11th of December, the organizers claimed there were 900,000 and the local police put it at 350K, the independence marches have gathered crowds of over 1,5 million and also people came from all over Spain on Sunday, 180 buses(Not sure if that was from Madrid alone) not to mention trains and cars. But either way, one would have to ask these people why won’t they allow a vote? What exactly are they marching for? To put pressure on the Spanish government not to allow the Catalan people decide their own future?
Some people say what is there to talk about? I would say the perfect solution would be to negotiate a proper referendum, but the problem is if the Spanish keep acting the way they are soon there will be only one outcome of a referendum, the Spanish need to try and win back the support they are quickly losing, offering a referendum would go a long way towards that and then let’s say they set a date for within 2 years they would have plenty of time to get some goodwill back, but the major problem is that the hatred for Catalonia in Spain at the moment is so great that any move to reconcile by the government could mean the end of that government.