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Unity backlash sweeps across Spain as Catalonia impasse continues

spanishflagUp to 900,000 people, (authorities give the number as 350,000), took to the streets of Barcelona on Sunday afternoon to protest against any declaration of Catalonia's independence from Spain.

After last Sunday’s attempt at a referendum, disrupted by the Guardia Civil and National Police who used violence on the peaceful crowd, the political stand-off has polarised with Spain’s Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, saying that he might suspend Catalonia’s current quasi-autonomous status, sack the regional government and call a new local election.

The PM’s warning come just days before the Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, is planning to address the Catalonian parliament next Tuesday at which he is planning to declare independence, a move that has been declared illegal by the Constitutional Court.

The Sunday referendum in Catalonia on October 1st, drew 2.3 million voters, of which 90% voted to leave Spain. This turnout represented just 43% of the 5.3 million eligible voters in the region, with many unity voters staying away.

The political stand-off has compelled some large businesses, such as CaixBank, to move their headquarters outside Catalonia, facilitated by a swiftly approved new law.

The Barcelona demo was organised by the anti-independence group Catalan Civil Society, under the slogan "Let's recover our senses" in order to rouse an alleged "silent majority" of citizens who oppose independence.

The Spanish do love a good demonstration, some 50 cities saw crowds on the steets this weekend with Spaniards calling for Catalonia to remain part of Spain and for talks to be held to sort out the mess.

Rajoy does not want to go to mediation, something Puigdemont has offered and sticks to his view that "Spain will continue being Spain."

Mr Rajoy told El Pais, "I don't rule out anything that is within the law ... ideally, we shouldn't have to take drastic solutions but for that not to happen there would have to be changes."

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-1 #9 dw 2017-10-10 11:32
Quoting Denby:
The Spanish Government are simply upholding the Law. A referendum takes place when the Government of a country asks all the people to give their opinion in a decision.

Yes, which is why democracy is mostly just a sham.
+2 #8 Denby 2017-10-09 20:52
The Spanish Government are simply upholding the Law. A referendum takes place when the Government of a country asks all the people to give their opinion in a decision.
0 #7 Plain Speaking 2017-10-09 19:11
In reply to dw. You change the law by first changing the Constitution.

Your definition of fascism perfectly describes the con artists in Barcelona. I suggest you read up about them. The real reason they have conned almost 50% of the population to sign up for their own suicide is 1) They do not want to pay the 52 billion euros debt that Catalonia has and 2) As with many Spanish regions corruption has been endemic. However, as in Portugal, the Courts are finally catching up with the perpetrators. Declare and win independence and poof you are effectively immune from any effective prosecution in the Spanish Courts.
0 #6 Plain Speaking 2017-10-09 18:52
In reply to dw. Maybe but who is to say that the supposed 90% in favour is correct either? The referendum had no independent monitors because the Courts deemed it illegal. How can any Prime Minister defy the Courts and allow an illegal referendum to go ahead? He is then no better than the con artists who organised it in the first place.
-1 #5 dw 2017-10-09 18:22
Quoting Plain Speaking:
If you do not like it then first change the law.

How do you change the law when you can't vote or if your vote is illegal?

Wikipedia defines fascism as "a form of radical authoritarian nationalism, characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition and control of industry and commerce...". Sums up the Spanish state perfectly.
+1 #4 Plain Speaking 2017-10-09 16:37
The usual "fascist" nonsense. Spain is the most devolved country in Europe due to it having one of the most modern Constitutions. The Spanish government is merely upholding the law as ordered by the courts in both Spain and Catalonia. If you do not like it then first change the law. Otherwise you are simply enacting a "Coup D'État".
+2 #3 Chip 2017-10-09 12:41
When leaders refuse to listen to the people through a democratic voting process, those leaders have a big problem. Often this is called fascism.
+3 #2 dw 2017-10-09 11:12
This is misleading as around 770,000 ballots were confiscated by the police, enough to take the turnout to over 50%. If there really is a silent majority for unity why doesn't Rajoy want a referendum?
+3 #1 Plain Speaking 2017-10-08 21:01
Finally the silent majority has spoken.

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