Thousands of Catalans took to the streets in protest in Brussels on Saturday (7th March) under the banner Deu mil a Brussel·les per l'autodeterminació de la nació catalana. (10.000 in Brussels for the independence of the Catalan nation). The spokesperson for the protestors, Enric Canela said the objective for the march was to highlight the number of people in Catalunya that want to excercise the right of self-government. The candidate for the ERC party, Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya, in the upcoming European elections, Oriel Junqueras who was also present was quoted as saying "the right to self-govern is an internationally recognised democratic right." The organisers had aimed to bring10.000 people together but several police sources put the numbers at between 2900 and 5000.
The Spanish Wikilengua page, which provides practical information about the Spanish language has attracted a record number of people visiting the site. Since its launch in January 2008 the site has received 4.5 million hits with 1.6 million people consulting it. Designed to answer the most common questions and doubts about the third most spoken language in the world, the page which is promoted by the Fundéu BBVA has seen users from more than 180 countries.
The number of people donating to social organisations and charities has seen an increase despite the current financial situation. It was reported that the number of Catalans giving to charity has grown but the amount donated by people has in fact fallen. A spokesperson from Intermon Oxfam claimed that the rise in donations has almost compensated for the drop in donations by businesses. Cáritas, another of the 5000 charities currently running in Catalunya has seen a rise and said that this is an indication that more people want to help especially during these uncertain financial times.