The Catalan nationalist movement has won its biggest ever victory. It carried out a referendum on independence despite a Spanish court ruling that it was illegal. The modern map of the
shows only two nation states, Spain
but it actually consists of four historic kingdoms; Portugal,
Castile ( Spain),
Basque country) and Catalonia
in the Middle Ages). Catalonia
was made famous internationally by George Orwell's book Homage to Catalonia, see: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/was-orwell-mediocre.html.
Catalonia has its own culture and
language. Most Catalans will fiercely deny that they are Spanish. Catalonia
is officially a region of Spain
with a limited devolved government, however there is a very powerful
independence movement there. The Catalan language has a similar status to Welsh
in Wales. Those
who speak it are bilingual with Spanish, but it is a vital part of their
identity. The regional government decided to go ahead with the referendum in
violation of the ruling from Madrid.
Farmers drove their tractors into 's
biggest city. Luckily there is a local journalist there of British origins
called Simon Harris who has provided on the ground live coverage in English,
Polling stations have been occupied by protesters. There have been some ugly
scenes where voting has been disrupted by riot police and many people have been
injured, see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41463719. Barcelona, Catalonia
The Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy said "Catalans have been fooled into taking part in an illegal vote. It is a mockery of democracy." However the passionate groundswell continues. If it carries on this could lead to terrorism or a new civil war. I hope the Catalans do get their independence. I am a former Welsh nationalist and there is a part of that still in me that will never die, so I sympathize with their plight. The question has to be though, what is their model for independence, should they achieve it? Will
jump out of the Spanish frying pan into the European Union fire and just become
another "member state" of that evil continental empire? This is the idiotic
route that Welsh nationalism has now taken, see: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/plaid-cymru-and-eu.html.
Catalonia must understand that if
it wants freedom it must win independence from Spain
and refuse to join the EU.
See here for more information: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/freedom-for-venice.html.