The flag can be a controversial subject in Spain. When I lived in Madrid, a large flag was flown in Plaza de Colon. It became quite “polemical” - a word my students are fond of using. While certainly many Spaniards respect the flag, others could not care less about it, while still others see it as a symbol of the dominance of the state — some even go so far as to say it is a painful reminder of the time of Franco.
Here in Catalonia, many people people prefer the Catalonian flag. I definitely see more of the Catalonian flag than I do of the national one.
Copied from original http://myspainblog.wordpress.com/ posting by Carloz on 16 June, 2007