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Heading for a new Northern Ireland?

The battle for Catalonia could be the start of an insoluble conflict. 


Catalonia-phobia is a phobia that most Europeans are hardly aware of, but in Spain the phenomenon is touch and feel. 

The struggle against Catalans and Basques has been going on for over 250 years, with the goal of constantly uniting Spain around the country's dominant nation: Castilla. Some claim that the Spanish Civil War was the last armed attempt to preserve a multinational Spain, but this is a simplification of reality.

The repression of Catalans did not end when Franco's dictatorship ceased, but continued after the transition to democracy. Although the ban on using the Catalan language ceased in 1979, it has since come across 200 new laws, royal resolutions and court orders that prohibit the use of the Castilian language in Catalonia. Also in it 21. For a number of centuries, a number of convictions have tried to cripple the use of Catalan in schools, courts and public agencies – Castilian is to be the official language of the region. 

In 2010 and 2012, it peaked with the Spanish Constitutional Court depriving Catalonia as a nation, and decided that Catalan is no longer Catalonia's official language.

It is therefore no surprise that a majority of Catalans want independence and fight for this with countless demonstrations, in what has been called the "Smile Revolution". 

This indomitable, non-violent grassroots movement has been going on for 9 years and has motivated an overwhelming majority of Catalans (80 percent) to support a referendum on the region's independence. The Spanish government's answer has always been the same: No. 

New enemy of the people

The opposition to the Catalan's independence struggle gained momentum in the sails after one. . .

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Jové is an activist and cultural entrepreneur, living in Barcelona.

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