Friday, 16 October 2009

Vilanova Commemorates Lluís Companys

Last year, I wrote quite extensively about Lluís Companys - a democratically elected president of the Generalitat who was executed - and why he is being commemorated on October 15. This year, and for the first time, I observed how this is being done here in Vilanova i la Geltrú.

At lunch-time, representatives of most political parties and surprisingly many (not so young) ordinary vilanovins met up at the monument raised in his honour down in the Rambla Lluís Companys. Local mayor Joan Ignasi Elena opened with a speech, which was followed by els Segadors - the Catalan national anthem - and a chance for people to put down flowers. In all a short, but very dignified ceremony. Next year, I promise to put on more appropriate clothes.

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By the way: The Catalan political parties - surprisingly united - are committed to keep on working for the annulation of the alleged crimes for which Lluís Companys was murdered in 1940.

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