Just like Martin Luther King, Jr. that there will come a day I won’t walk outside and see a protest! I’m joking, of course. Surely, I’m not one to deny people their constitutional rights, but I’ve gotta say, there sure are a lot of them here! However, I do have a request and that is for the protesters to protest in Spanish so I can at least understand what the protest is about (and not in Catalan)! A, is that so hard and B, how is that for using “protest” a million times in a sentence?!
The first time I was in Barcelona, about 7 years ago and long before the age of digital photography (sorry, no photos), I remember being in the middle of a big protest about something. I was literally in the middle, took advantage of the photo opportunity and moved on. 7 years later, not much has changed.
All the protests are pre-organized, or so they seem, since there is always a substantial amount of police. In fact, just yesterday, a group of protesters stood outside some building, just holding their signs and wearing funny hats (photo below) and the police there couldn’t have looked more bored. Maybe the police need more action when watching over protests, like the other day, when hundreds of people walked down a busy street here, blasting fireworks, chanting and getting their voices heard!
I have never actually protested anything myself and I really wonder how impactful protests really are. Does anything really change after a group of people make their opinions heard and disrupt the normal order of a city? I’m sure there are examples where the answer is yes, but I certainly don’t know if it’s true here. Hek, I don’t even know what half the protests are even about!