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The Bonavista April Fair and Catalanism

We have just celebrated the traditional and magnificent Diada de Sant Jordi, which we live in a massive and friendly way (although it is increasingly kidnapped by secessionism) all the Tarragona, and in our city we should also be celebrating these days the popular April Fair Bonavista. But this year, thanks to the nationalist municipal government team chaired by Mr. Ricomà, there will be no celebration of this emblematic fair in Tarragona. That in these days around May 1, it had been celebrated in a consolidated way in the populous neighborhood of Bonavista, and more specifically in the great esplanade of its Sunday market, since 1990, that is, it would celebrate its 32nd anniversary this year (if we leave aside the last two years that it was not held due to the pandemic).

To make a bit of history, this type of fair, if we go back a little in time, has its origin in the old cattle fairs that were held in many towns in southern Spain. In our case and in Barcelona (where hundreds of thousands of people come) it is celebrated in a very special way by Andalusians and Extremadurans (although not only these) who arrived in our regions between the mid-50s and mid-70s. , attracted by better job opportunities. Regarding the latter, it should be remembered that in those years the much-maligned Franco regime clearly favored Catalan industry, well above many other Spanish regions; limiting ourselves only to Tarragona, in those years the following were built: the Labor University, the Residential City, the most important petro-chemical complex in Spain, the Vandellòs and Ascó nuclear power plants, not to mention the great development of tourism in our regions. At Franco’s death in 1975, Catalonia had a transport infrastructure well above the Spanish average, with 6.3% of the national territory, it had 45.5% of kilometers of highway. Well then, all those men and women who came to Catalonia then, mainly from the south of Spain and their descendants, the vast majority, feel that they are Catalans as well as Andalusians and Spaniards, being able to perfectly harmonize these realities and so every year in the April Fair, in the Romería del Rocío or even in the unique celebration of the Good Friday procession in Bonavista (with its saetas), evoke and express their traditions and their roots; without exaltation, without exclusions, with spontaneity. As a positive value and democratic guarantee of coexistence, given that everything is part of the rich and plural Spanish culture.

They want us to be ashamed and reject the use of the common Spanish language and the celebration of cultural expressions

But in Catalonia, nationalism, following its official totalitarian doctrine, has spent decades ignoring it and determined to put an end to this rich plurality. Imposing, despite laws and court rulings, a single language and a single culture that they call their own, over others that they call improper. Discriminating and dividing citizens based on their language and culture of origin. Placing in practice, at least, half of the population as second-class citizens. And they do this from early childhood, trying to impose it on schools that have become a kind of madrasas controlled by nationalism. From their totalitarianism, they want us to be ashamed and reject the use of the common Spanish language and the celebration of certain cultural expressions, since nationalism has always seen it as a harmful stone in the shoe of «national construction». Although circumstantially they have been able to tolerate it for purely electoral reasons.

In this sense, it is also worth remembering what the great guru of nationalism, Jordi Pujol i Soley, wrote in his book La immigració: problema iesperaça de Catalunya, 1976, where he says: «The Andalusian man is not a coherent man, he is a man anarchic. He is a broken man […], is generally an underdeveloped man, a man who has been hungry for hundreds of years and who lives in a state of ignorance and cultural, mental and spiritual misery. He is a rootless man, incapable of having any broad sense of community. […] If by sheer force of numbers he came to dominate, without having overcome his own perplexity, he would destroy Catalonia. Which clearly shows the chauvinist, xenophobic and racist nature of Catalan nationalism. Although later Pujol, for electoral reasons, had no problem subsidizing the celebration of the Fair (as Mayor Nadal did in Tarragona) and letting himself be seen by it, thus penetrating sectors of the population where his party was residual.

In short, going back to the beginning and to the April Fair, in addition to the reasons of a cultural nature already exposed, we must bear in mind that more than 30,000 people used to pass through it (whenever the weather allowed it), coming from all over the province, which made it also an important economic engine that energized and gave a little oxygen to commerce and restaurants, in Bonavista and the rest of the Ponent neighbourhoods, especially affected by the crisis. The main attraction of the Fair was the possibility of witnessing live a wide range of flamenco music and dance performances, as well as horse shows. In addition, you could savor a large number of typical products, fried fish, fried potatoes, ham,… which were combined with fino, amontillados, or a good rebujito. That was the atmosphere that is breathed in the fairgrounds, dressed in faralaes and flowers in the hair, Cordovan hat, Sevillanas, horses, colors and flavors in the purest Andalusian style.

In Barcelona, ​​where the Fair is being held normally (on the Fòrum esplanade), the president of the Generalitat attended its inauguration, although he has partially hidden his presence, since he did not share this fact on his social networks. For their part, from JxCat and from secessionist entities such as the ANC, they have criticized ERC for its presence at the Fair and have demanded from FECAC (the organizers) that for democratic dignity they should expel VOX from the Fair, all of the most democratic , said by some authentic totalitarians.

But as we said, in Tarragona, after 32 years, this year we will not be able to enjoy the endearing and popular Bonavista April Fair. The Casa de Andalucía de Tarragona and the Bonavista Neighborhood Association have solely held Espimsa (Tarragona Mercats Company) responsible for this fact, chaired by Mr. Nadal (Junts) and the nationalist municipal government team chaired by Mr. Ricomà ( ERC), for their carelessness and lack of interest in providing the necessary means for said celebration to take place. Basically, behind this fact are the reasons stated above. Although I am also convinced that next year, when we will be on the eve of predictably very close municipal elections, they will not be disgusted by its celebration, even with more ostentation if possible, everything will be to try to scratch a few hundred votes among what they called the “Spanish” electorate.

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