Anonymous Inside Report: What’s Really Going On in Catalonia

A Catalonian Anon reports from inside the autonomous community that is fighting for its independence.

Currently, the media is falsely portraying the events occurring in Catalonia in order to change people’s perception of the conflict. Catalonia is a region in Europe, currently under Spanish rule, that hopes to gain independence.

By now, many of you are aware of the political unrest going on in Catalonia. However, your understanding of the situation and the details of what is happening depends on where you’ve got your information.

The Spanish state has negatively influenced the media by blaming the Catalan government for the political unrest. For instance, the Spanish state claims the Catalan government is staging a coup.

Claims have been made that the people living in the Catalan region do not want to breakaway from Spain. However, the Spanish government and media fail to recognize that the people of Catalonia elected the government officials due to their pro-independence stances [1].

This false portrayal is just one example. While some small news outlets report the situation as honestly as possible, others are misleading the public with misinformation.

The media is assigning equal blame to both sides. Many outlets have stated that this conflict is simply a clash of two nationalisms where both sides are unwilling to negotiate [2].  However, this is grossly inaccurate.

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Catalan pro-independence supporters hold a giant “estelada” (Catalan separatist flag) during a demonstration in Barcelona, Spain, Sept. 11, 2015. Photo:EFE

It’s true that there are radicals on both sides of this issue, but it is important to note that both sides are not refusing to negotiate. Instead, the Spanish government has met the region of Catalonia with violence and an unwillingness to negotiate, while Catalans have attempted to peacefully negotiate for years.

For example; in 2006, the Catalan parliament proposed amendments to Catalonia’s constitution that would have given Catalonia more autonomy [3]. The Spanish president at the time said he would support whichever amendments the majority of parliament supported [4].

The president failed to follow through with his claims. Instead, he asked for the right to first modify the proposed amendments before attempting to ratify them in the Spanish parliament.

Catalans successfully passed the modified amendments through both parliaments, while also overwhelmingly passing a referendum. However, the Spanish opposition was not in favor of Catalonia’s desired degree of autonomy.

The attempt at peacefully negotiate for autonomy continued for 6 years. In 2012, after years of attempts, Catalonia veered towards independence.

Over the last five years, the Catalan government has no longer tried to negotiate – Catalans have asked for a referendum on independence repeatedly, but the Spanish government always says ‘no.’ Every attempt at dialogue has been shut down.

Thus, it is not that the Catalan side is not willing to compromise, as reported in the news. Catalans are just tired of trying, and being told ‘no.’

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Credit: Getty Images

It is important to note that the degree of autonomy the Catalans were asking for has been given to other regions of Spain. It was shocking that the Spanish government rejected Catalonia’s requested degree of autonomy, while also allowing other regions in Spain to be more autonomous [5].

The Spanish central government has shut down Catalonian laws that have nothing to do with independence. This is to prove a point; they are more powerful. Laws that have been shut down include laws combating discrimination and poverty [7] [8].

Thus, two of the most repeated sound bites – that it’s a two-sided issue, and that Catalonia already has a lot of autonomy – are false. So why are news outlets pushing it through?

Reducing popular support abroad is a good way to stop Catalonia from getting independence. Even though the French president spoke out against Catalonia, polls have shown that a majority of French people would be okay with recognizing secession. This was a huge blow to the Spanish, who had secured support of the French president. Since then, the Spanish government and news media outlets have tried to influence the French’s stance on the issue.

The media is misinforming people in order to prevent popular opinion from turning towards Catalonia, and asking other governments to help. The media and most governments are afraid of the power that people have and do not want this mighty group to be recognized.

Furthermore, here are numerous regions in Europe that have shown interest in gaining independence. Other country leaders, such as the French president, are concerned how these regions will react to Catalonia’s attempt to break away from Spain.

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Retrieved from: Inquisitr

The realization that even under military occupation people can resist a tyrannical government, could inspire others. The media and various governments have decided to stop that from happening. And they are willing to prolong the suffering of the Catalans in order to do so.

After five long years, the government called for a referendum. Spanish troops occupied the region, and tried to intercept ballot boxes and block voting points. People stayed all weekend in the voting places so that they could not be shut down.

In the end, Spanish troops used violence, injuring 850 [6], and leaving one dead. To claim the referendum did not happen is not only false; it is going against all those people who sacrificed so much.

People do not know the power they have, and the media and some governments in Europe are trying to make it stay that way. To them, Catalonia’s suffering is just collateral damage.

Sources:

[1] Spain: Catalan Separatists Win Election retrieved from https://www.thedailybeast.com/spain-catalan-separatists-win-election

[2] Catalonia vs Spain, a clash of two nationalisms retrieved from https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/patrice-de-beer/catalonia-vs-spain-clash-of-two-nationalisms

[3] Reform of the Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia retrieved from https://www.parlament.cat/document/cataleg/150259.pdf

[4] La frase de apatero que acabo dando alas al independentismo retrieved from http://www.abc.es/elecciones/catalanas/2015/abci-palabras-zapatero-independentismo-201509250812.html

[5] Statue of Autonomy of the Basque Country retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statute_of_Autonomy_of_the_Basque_Country

[6] Over 840 people infjured in Catalonia during referendum retrieved from https://www.reuters.com/article/us-spain-politics-catalonia-injuries/over-840-people-injured-in-catalonia-during-referendum-catalonia-regional-government-idUSKCN1C61RX?il=0

[7] TC partially strikes down Catalonia’s Equality Law retrieved from https://www.ara.cat/en/TC-partially-Catalonias-Equality-Law_0_1665433608.html

[8] Spanish Court suspends Catalan law’s articles oriented toward avoiding evictions retrieved from http://www.catalannews.com/politics/item/spanish-court-suspends-catalan-law-s-articles-oriented-toward-avoiding-evictions

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