Go ahead, Catalan Republic

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We are ready
Ahead Catalan Republic
Crowded street in Salt during the demonstration "A punt"
Crowded street in Salt, Girona, during the protest demonstration "A punt".
Date11 September 2016
GoalsIndependence of Catalonia
MethodsPolitical rally, street protest

Go ahead, Catalan Republic or We are ready (Catalan: A punt or Endavant república catalana) was a coordinated demonstration that consisted of five large celebrations in Barcelona, Berga, Lleida, Salt and Tarragona on 11 September 2016, the National Day of Catalonia, in support of Catalan independence. It was organized by the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) and Omnium Cultural, the main civil society organisations behind the massive pro-independence demonstrations held since 2012.[1]

The number of participants that took part in the demonstrations, according to the organizers, was 1,030,000 people,[2] The municipal police estimated that 800,000 people participated while Spain's central government put turnout at around 370,000 strong.[3]

After winning a clear majority in the Parliament of Catalonia for the first time ever in 2015, secessionist parties approved a project to achieve independence in mid-2017. The objective of the demonstration was to boost and show support for this plan.[4][5]

Passeig de Sant Joan, Barcelona, during the demonstration.

The demonstration followed similar protests in 2010, 2012, the Catalan Way (2013), the Catalan Way 2014 and the Free Way to the Catalan Republic (2015)


  1. ^ Prim, Sara (11 September 2016). "Thousands of people claim Catalonia's independence in five cities across the territory". Catalan News Agency. Catalonia. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Prop d'un milió de batecs per reclamar la República Catalana" [Almost one million of heartbeats asking for the Catalan Republic]. Diari Ara (in Catalan). Barcelona. 12 September 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  3. ^ Edwards, Sam (11 September 2016). "Catalans rally in support of independence from Spain". Reuters. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Vast crowds demand Catalan independence from Spain". France 24. 11 September 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  5. ^ Medina, Marisol (11 September 2016). "Catalan separatists rally in Barcelona to support secession". The Herald (Rock Hill). United States. Retrieved 12 September 2016.

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