What for me represents being Catalonian is a diverse and mixed society, with a deep tradition of co-operation and shared battles. It’s an identity forged from resistance to the adversity we’ve been subjected to in the past. During the referendum I was part of the local movement to guarantee the right to vote for everyone, the yes and the no voters equally. The right to express ourselves freely without fear and without a court clipping our wings or stopping us from making our own decisions. I can only imagine achieving an independent Catalonia by fighting. Fighting from the start, because if we were to declare independence and make it a reality, we would have to work together as a nation from the very beginning. People see it as an opportunity for change, and as a way to guarantee the social rights that we think are necessary for people to live in decent and dignified conditions. The independence movement would not exist without the working classes, and they also need this independence in order to improve their living conditions. This does not come from the Catalonian bourgeoisie, it’s about building a new society for all. Social rights have always been achieved through people’s actions, and ignoring the law at times that’s the only way society advances, from the general strikes of the labour movement. We value the democratic legitimacy of the population over the letter of the law. That’s what drives us to get up and go into the streets.