Sep 21 2014

CATALUNYA PREPARES FOR INDEPENDENCE

Category: Emancipation & Liberation,Issue 23RCN @ 6:55 pm

Liam O’Hare (Common Weal writer and Radical Independence campaigner) reports on the movement for Catalan independence

In recent times, the winds of change have been sweeping Scotland and Catalonia. Disillusioned with big government, austerity economics and a lack of democracy, mass movements have emerged to demand radical change and self-determination. While the reasons fuelling the movements are similar, the respective paths of the two nations have recently diverged.

The movement in Scotland suffered a setback on September 18th when a majority of Scots rejected independence at the ballot box. However in Catalonia, despite several political obstacles and challenges, support for independence continues to grow. A tipping point is near to being reached and Catalonia could be about to defy the Spanish government in Madrid. But how did it arrive at this stage?

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