Catalonia

Commenter from Prague:

The Spanish gov’t screwed this up with every step. The referendum was forecast to fail.

But then Madrid outlawed the vote which brought out only the pro-independence supporters who voted 90% in favor out of the 48% of the electorate. The Police over-reacted with a heavy hand and rubber bullets and just ticked off Catalonians more.

Then the Spanish King spoke like a medieval ruler and Madrid lied about the police abuse.

Then they tell Catalonia no matter what they think or do, they will lose autonomy without any dialogue except to invite the PM to speak in Madrid to an audience that was going to strip power anyway.

So Catalonia did what I’d expected, declared Independence. If Madrid is that stupid, they deserve the result. The next step will be troops in the streets and street battles. This was avoidable.

4 comments for “Catalonia

  1. Jack Cade
    October 27, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Look at the different attitudes across the EU members to Kosovo and Crimea. Note that the UK immediately recognised Kosovo declaring independence but Spain never did.

  2. Errol
    October 27, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    It isn’t going to end well with Spain just saying no. The solution surely is to get both sides together and to thrash out an amicable resolution to both.

  3. October 27, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Won’t end well.

  4. John in cheshire
    October 27, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    I have no idea of what is happening in Spain/Catalonia but based on the Spanish civil war, isn’t this just a continuation of one lot of socialists versus another lot? In which case I strongly hope we keep out of it, it’s none of our business.

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