The Catalonian independence battle is
As the Catalonian independence battle continues to escalate ahead of the proposed
October 1st referendum, Mariano Rajoy’s government is going all-
Following the orders of a judge on Wednesday morning, national police raided 42 premises
in Barcelona – including several governmental offices – in search of referendum-
The raids and arrests caused outrage among many Catalans and the streets outside the economy ministry quickly filled up with protestors. By the end of the yesterday afternoon, their number had grown to around 5,000. Demonstrators sung the Catalonian national anthem and waved banners declaring: ‘We are voting to be free’. The protests drew a furious response from Rajoy, who told Puigdemont and his allies to halt the ‘radicalism and disobedience once and for all’, as if he were scolding a child. Puigdemont, meanwhile, called the raids and arrests a ‘democratic disgrace’ and vowed that the vote will go ahead on October 1st however aggressive Madrid becomes in its opposition.
The secessionists in Catalonia have also markedly stepped up their efforts in recent
weeks. In cities all over the wealthy north-
Posters featuring photographs of Catalonian mayors opposed to the referendum have
also been put up. This has resulted in the vilification of anti-
Further inflaming the bitter animosity between Madrid and Barcelona, Spain’s foreign minister Alfonso Dastis said in an interview this week that the independence movements’ poster campaigns showed that secessionists possess a ‘Nazi attitude’. ‘This is not something you see in a democracy’, stated the minister.
Actually, poster campaigns that stigmatise the opposition party and politicians suffering
ridicule and abuse for their beliefs are frequently seen in democracies. Rarer sights
in democratic countries, though, are police raids on governmental offices and the
confiscation of pamphlets and posters that express an opinion of which the government
disapproves. In addition to yesterday’s raids, Rajoy’s administration has seized
1.5 million pro-
Confiscating posters and leaflets is unambiguously anti-
Yet that’s precisely what Carles Puigdemont says he’s doing too. As Spain careers towards October 1st, both sides of the secession battle are locked in a vicious circle of rising hostility. Whether or not the vote happens in ten days’ time, it’s unlikely that that circle will be broken anytime soon.