Spain is celebrating today the National Holiday, a huge event set to be celebrated in Madrid through a series of demonstrations and protests attended by hundreds of military and police troops.
This year’s celebration, however, is not the most joyous obviously, considering the country is going through the worst crises in history, due to Catalonia’s decision of becoming an independent state.
pain’s National Day is a public holiday and commemorates the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus on October 12 in 1492.
King Felipe VI will preside over Thursday’s annual parade, while Spain is waiting for a response to a request made by Prime Minister Rajoy to the Catalan President which consists in clarifying the situation related to the declaration of independence.
The regional president of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont announced on Tuesday he had used the results of the referendum from 1stOctober to sign a declaration of independence but postponed the implementation for several weeks because he is now open to entertain a dialogue with the national government in Madrid.
The separatist leaders in Catalonia, a region deeply divided between supporters and opponents of a secession to Spain went ahead with the referendum despite all the warnings launched by the Madrid government.
If the Catalans will obtain independency, technically, the state will pay directly the salaries of the civil servants, the social allowances and the invoices of the public service providers, Montoro added.
The decision was adopted after the commissioner of the Catalan economy, regional vice-president Oriol Junqueras, announced that he would no longer be subject to any weekly control over his spending imposed by Madrid in July.
The Government’s decision coincided with the opening of an open letter from Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont, Oriol Junqueras and Catalan President Carme Forcadell, to whom the mayor of Barcelona Ada Colau joined for the first time.