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cri­sis, in­clud­ing in­vok­ing Ar­ti­cle 155, which would al­low the gov­ern­ment to sus­pend Cata­lan au­ton­omy in the event of a dec­la­ra­tion of in­de­pen­dence. Mean­while, in the week after the ref­er­en­dum, two of the largest Cata­lan banks, Banco de Sabadell and Caixa, moved their head­quar­ters out of Cat­alo­nia. The wine­maker Freix­enet did the same, along with a string of other Cata­lan com­pa­nies, caus­ing ma­jor em­bar­rass­ment to Cat­alo­nia’s lead­ers.

Puigde­mont is adamant that Spain can­not ig­nore the two mil­lion Cata­lans who voted for in­de­pen­dence. Nor can he af­ford to ig­nore how busi­nesses have voted with their feet by mov­ing their head­quar­ters from Cat­alo­nia in the af­ter­math of the dis­puted ref­er­en­dum.

Po­lit­i­cally, Rad­cliffe warned of the dan­gers of “each side hun­ker­ing down in na­tion­al­ist rhetoric rather than fig­ur­ing out how to bring their con­flict­ing vi­sions of ‘what democ­racy means’ into the con­ver­sa­tion”.

At Plaça Sant Jaume, the man in the red beret is clear that only a break­away from Spain will ad­dress his griev­ances. Although two mil­lion peo­ple seem to share his sen­ti­ment and voted for in­de­pen­dence, the “silent ma­jor­ity” of Cata­lans who did not vote found their voice last week and held huge ral­lies of their own to call for dia­logue. Some were neu­tral and wore white to show it, oth­ers waved the Span­ish flag in­stead of the Seny­era, all of which un­der­scored di­vi­sions not only in Spain but in Cat­alo­nia too.

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