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Nightmares can make us feel as if we were living outside of time. It is not easy to write while still reeling from the emotional blow that has wounded this city, reeling from the hubris of nihilistic brutality, from the reminder of the oft-forgotten fact that we are all too fragile, from the political sniping of those who long for the return of a retropia, for a fortified past that is gone for good. It might even be preferable to show solidarity by remaining silent, to join together in a deafening, defiant silence, to resist alongside the victims as their pain slowly gives way to grieving and we can resume our lives together, albeit still shaken and traumatized.


Born in the rural Seu d’Urgell in 1982, People’s Unity List (CUP) joint national spokesperson Quim Arrufat became a well-known and respected figure in Catalan politics during his time as one of the CUP’s first three MPs in the Catalan parliament (2012-2015).


In an October 2012 interview with the Catalan web site Vilaweb, he described his organisation, which is committed to Catalan independence and socialism, as “urban Zapatistas”.



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