Commemoration of the 500th anniversary of “Les Germanies”

Many of the municipalities of Mallorca have arranged reading of a manifesto to commemorate the anniversary of the revolt of “The Brotherhood”.

This Sunday, February 7, dozens of towns in Mallorca will commemorate the 500 years of the uprising of the Germanies (the Brotherhoods), the social conflict that shook the island between 1521-1523. The revolt affected a number of municipalities in Mallorca and so, today, a series of readings of a manifesto that explains the revolt has been happening in those municipalities. The Palma City Council had decorated the facade of the City Hall with illustrations of the protagonists of the revolt, Joanet Colom and Joan Crespí.

A range of municipalities joined the commemoration of the beginning of the uprising against the feudal system that, oppressed the poorest classes of society by corruption among the nobility and crown. Mayor of Palma, José Hila, and the councilor for Education and Language Policy, Llorenç Carrió, remarked that the things Les Germanies fought for back then; justice, equality, freedom and political reforms, are fully in effect today.

The organization behind the initiative, Germania 500, has also organized a special event in Felanitx, the birth town of Joanot Colom, where after the reading of the manifesto there will be an interpretation of La Balanguera, the Balearic anthem.

In the town of Santa Margalida, there has been performance by a local group of xeremiers (bagpipers), and in Puigpunyent a group of young people have recorded the reading of the manifesto and shared it on social media.

The towns that have joined the initiative are:

Alaró, Alcúdia, Algaida, Andratx, Artà, Binissalem, Bunyola, Campanet, Campos, Capdepera, Costitx, Esporles, Felanitx, Inca, Lloseta, Llubí, Llucmajor, Manacor, Mancor , Maria de la Salut, Marratxí, Montuïri, Muro, Petra, Pollença, Porreres, Puigpunyent, sa Pobla, Sant Joan, Santa Margalida, Santa Maria, Santanyí, Selva, Sineu, Sóller and Vilafranca.

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