So what do one and a half million people look like? Here's a couple of videos trying to give an idea of Tuesday's demonstration in Barcelona. But first, a few links to English news articles about the day.
And some opinions "the day after" ...
Catalan Message (Financial Times) (to read this article you have to register - it's free! If you can't be bothered, you can read the highlights here at Col·lectiu Emma)
And, finally, the following video also shows the demo, as well as interviews in English with Catalan businessmen.
Footnote:one and a half million people are a hell of a lot of people (21% of the 7 million who live in Catalonia). Is it a realistic estimation of the participation? Birds-eye photos would seem to indicate so. Experts reckon on 3 or 4 people per square metre, meaning one million people would occupy a space 50m wide and 5km long. Given the length and width of many of the streets taken up, and the immense squares too, this is definitely possible. Statistics show that over 1000 coaches ferried people in from outside Barcelona - 50,000 people. If we assume another 50,000 went by train, and maybe the same quantity again by car, it's already adding up. And the people who came to Barcelona (spending a full day and probably near 100€ for a family of four) will always be a minority compared to the people of Barcelona (a couple of million) who just had to step out or get local transport. Finally, if the police say a million and a half, who are we to argue?!
Adding up interest in the independence we could add on probably another million or so who couldn't get to Barcelona. Returning home at midnight the day before the school term started put many off, as well as the cost in the times we live in, but judging by conversations and social network comments, the "virtual" support for independence is also massive.