Catalonia voted for its independence

Spain is threatened to be divided

In brief: The two regions of Spain continue to express their wish to be independent from Madrid. But different from Basque country Catalonian's try to avoid any national conflicts and gain the independence by political methods.

The region of Catalonia tends to become independent. On Sunday, December, 13 the unofficial referendum was held. The residents of Catalonia voted for separating their region from Spain.

The results of the referendum cannot be fixed officially but anyway it shows the opinion of people living there.

The idea of referendum is said to come from the Catalan village of Arenya de Munt. But the voting was ignored by two main Spanish political parties: the Socialistic party and the conservative People’s Party.

For information: the Catalonia region in Spain has its own language called “catalan” different from national “castellano”. Barcelona is considered to be the capital of Catalonia that gives it more importance in comparison with Madrid. Besides Catalonia has gained own control over judicial, infrustructure and other issues.

The idea of independence in Catalonia as well as in Basque country has come from the times of General Francisco Franco’s dictatorship when it was prohibited to speak any regional languages except castellano. Thus these two regions of Spain continue to express their wish to be independent from Madrid. But different from Basque country Catalonian’s try to avoid any national conflicts and gain the independence by political methods.

Maria Velikanova
2009-12-15 08:52, Society.

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