The image was paradoxical yesterday in Barcelona: the same independence protesters who were strolling through the city center celebrating the supposed success of the "country strike" were looking for places where they could feed, eat or go to the service. At noon, dozens of independentistas arrived in the so-called «Marxes per la Llibertat» strolled through the L’Illa Diagonal shopping center.
As expected, the general strike called by the Intersindical CSC independence unions, led by the convicted of terrorism and founder of Época Carles Sastre, and IAC had little strike and much blocking of communications. There were cuts on roads spread throughout the territory, achieved in some cases by groups that did not exceed fifty people. The same did not happen in the Catalan capital, where the blockade was not as chaotic as announced. The citizens, in any case, had prepared for complicated blockades and many people who did not support the strike went to work earlier; The minimum transport services worked smoothly.
Barcelona City Council estimates that road traffic fell 70 percent yesterday in the city, but no major traffic jams were recorded. The pickets also did not attack the shops that raised the blind. The strike seemed forgotten in the street. Another example was seen in the Sagrada Familia. The collective "Picnic x Republic" called a rally at the doors of the temple. After nine in the morning, with the surrounding shops operating normally, it seemed like a day like any other in the basilica of Antoni Gaudí, but after eleven, the demonstration, which brought together some 4,000 people according to the Urban Guard , he achieved his goal: block the accesses of the basilica and force him to close.
It was one of the great successes of the day of a political strike promoted by an independentist union, blessed by the like parties and camouflaged under an alleged labor claim of which there was no trace:
it was easier to find a taxi in the center of Barcelona yesterday than a banner in favor of a living wage
In this sense, the employer's Labor Promotion confirmed in a statement that unemployment had barely affected the majority of business sectors and that the strike had only resulted in mobility. In addition to calling the strike "illegal", he stressed that the follow-up was less than that recorded in the strike on October 3, 2017, two days after 1-O. The Generalitat, meanwhile, estimated the incidence of unemployment in Catalan trade between 60 and 80 percent. The Barcelona Oberta trade association detected uneven monitoring in the Catalan capital: more important in the center, much smaller in the rest of the axes. According to Red Eléctrica, electricity consumption, the most reliable thermometer to gauge the success of a strike, fell 5.4 percent, half of the 11.6% decline that occurred during October 3, 2017. In the industry had an anecdotal impact, and the only effects were caused by difficulties in accessing the polygons.
Nor did the Sants station or the Barcelona airport suffer excessively, infrastructures on which it was feared that the acts of the most radical were centered. In El Prat, for example, uncertainty caused passengers to anticipate their arrival. Some even slept in the terminals and the access controls suffered some queues, but not because of the collapses, but because of the great anticipation with which many arrived. Only 58 flights were affected by cancellations.
The strike, of course, managed to empty the universities, which recorded a follow-up of 90 percent, and left institutes and schools at medium gas. On the contrary, it did not have the expected follow-up in health and public service, where it obtained a follow-up of 20 percent and 35 percent, respectively. Concerted centers such as the Clínic de Barcelona maintained, in general, scheduled operations and consultations without altering the agenda and there was hardly any involvement. «They have treated me without problem. I have not had to wait. Nor had I heard that there was a strike called today, ”Louise, a young Portuguese woman, pointed to this newspaper when she left the center. Montse, who had an appointment in the morning with his digestologist in the same hospital, has also been visited without any incidents. "I've even left before other days," he said. .