At 10pm on Tuesday night it happened just as it had been planned. Across Barcelona people opened the sliding doors from their living rooms and stood on their balconies armed with saucepans. They were ready. The sound of the city’s frustration at the Spanish government was about to be heard.
Earlier that day, politicians in Madrid had insisted that even the watered down, symbolic vote on Catalan Independence planned for this Sunday should not take place. Shortly after this announcement, people started reaching for their smartphones. They sent messages to friends on WhatsApp and hashtags started appearing on Twitter. One in particular stood out – #cassolada (saucepan rattles).