Catalonia’s independence referendum hasn’t gone to plan, with people prevented from voting, riot police storming polling booths and injuries reported all over Catalunya.
I’ve written about the region’s “national anthem”, El Segadors – The Reapers, before. It’s a dark, sludge of a tune, all about murdering Castilians (it was written in the 1640s when Catalunya was fighting an uprising against the rest of Spain).
“Drive away these people who are so conceited and so contemptful,” it goes at one point. “Strike with your sickle!”
But it’s worth mentioning it again today, especially since it’s getting a lot of airings outside closed polling booths:
There are even bands playing it in full on the streets:
Given what’s happened – the contempt towards the vote – it’s unsurprising the anthems’s everywhere, although it really isn’t the most rousing song for a moment like this, is it?
Here’s the anthem in full with some English sub-titles for anyone who feels suitably stirred: