I was wrong about one aspect of yesterday's events in Arenys, and it does change the tone of the entire event.
The Catalans got the permission for the referendum first, and then the falanges chose to come and march.
Less menacing it seems to me.
It went off very peacefully....music, festa festa festa.
41% voter turnout. 6% more than for the European Parliamentary elections.
96% voted for independence.
Only 50 falanges showed up (400 mossos showed up though).