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I have a Spanish friend from Barcelona and she tells me that the whole independence movement has driven a wedge between so many families, including her own. She comes from a very large family of her and 7 siblings. With all the wives, husbands and children, and a few other relatives, their Easter gathering would normally be about 35. Last Easter it was 25. He mother is distraught at what is has done. This is common in Catalonia.
If you think Brexit is divisive, it ain't got nothing on the Catalonia separatist movement. These draconian sentences are unlikely to heal any wounds...
Here's the story...
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/ ... s-in-spain
Carles Puigdemont has written a piece which is worth a read.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... ailed-nine
That colors everything up to the present day.
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But that is the reason for the long terms I guess.
The church and centuries of monarchs and dictators have ensured that nationalism is still a very strong strand in Spanish society, and most Spaniards identity, despite their regional attachments. And the elites have always enforced that nationalism ruthlessly.
It is hard to understand what the separatists were thinking when they staged their last little revolt.
Surely the would have known that far more detailed preparations would have been needed.
Including for military kick-back.
They played right into Madrid's hands by shooting too early. There is unlikely to be another strong independence push in Catalonia for many years now.
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