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Catalonia Stands On The Brink

On October 1st Catalonians voted overwhelmingly to secede from Spain and form their own country. During the referendum, which the Spanish government ruled unconstitutional, the police and military cracked down an Catalonians who were voting. Several people were injured as the authorities used violent tactics to repress the referendum. This only bolstered the secessionists in their calls to break away from Spain. Yesterday, thousands of unionists, (people who want to remain part of Spain), took to the streets to protest the referendum. It’s expected that Catalonian leader Carles Puigdemont will address the Catalan parliament in the coming days and formerly declare independence from Spain. The central Spanish government isn’t having any of it. Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaría said,

“I’m calling on the sensible people in the Catalan government…don’t jump off the edge because you’ll take the people with you If there is a unilateral declaration of independence there will be decisions made to restore law and democracy.”

That sounds like a threat to me. Sentiment has grown over the last few decades in Catalonia for independence. Even though Spain as a whole is suffering economically, the Catalonian region is doing better than most. They produce up to a third of the Spanish economy. This is why the Spanish government is going to do everything in its power to stop the region from breaking away. Not to mention the fact that it might bolster other regions with an independence streak like Galicia and the Basque region from also declaring their independence. It’s a scary prospect but could it lead to a second Spanish Civil War?

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