'We lit the fuse': the town where the Catalan push for independence began

Arenys de Munt, where simmerings of discontent first came to the boil eight years ago, prepares to vote again next week

Arenys de Munt, a two-taxi town of a little under 9,000 people that lies an hour north-west of Barcelona, hides neither its colours nor its loyalties.

Its hues are the red and yellow of the traditional Catalan senyera flag, the red, yellow and blue of the separatist estelada banner and the many colours of the strings of laconic but insistent pennants that hang between the pollarded plane trees of the high street, each reading simply: “Yes”.

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