For ninety minutes, the crowd surged outside the Industrial School of Barcelona, each of the 1,500 waiting to cast a simple yes-no vote for an independent Spanish Catalonia. The wait was long, but not when compared to the years it had taken to come to this moment .
As they waited on Sunday morning they chanted “votarem!” or “we will vote!,” sang the region’s melancholy anthem, and cheered at every opportunity. Hundreds of these people had stayed the night to “protect” the voting station from police, and the surrounding cafes and pastisserias were full of people resting their eyes.
At one moment a drone passed over, and the crowd waved and hooted in exaggerated cheeriness at its cameras. Only these and police choppers have been seen in the sky here since the government closed the airspace on Friday. And still, nothing happened.
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