Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

Monday, 15 november 2010 | The Guardian

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A Public Reply to The Guardian (II)

Sirs,

In relation with your article of November 14 (“Barcelona’s former chairman Joan Laporta adds sex to Catalan separatism”), we feel that The Guardian has done a disservice to its readers by depicting “Catalan separatism” as a mere freak show run by a former football-club chairman suspected of shady financial dealings and a luscious porn star. Leaving aside Mr. Laporta’s undoubted accomplishments, it is a matter of record that the idea of a political project that wouldn’t necessarily involve Spain has been steadily gaining favour in Catalonia in the last few years, especially among the younger and better educated sectors of society. These are not the fringe groups that one usually associates with concepts like “separatism”, but a wide cross-section of Catalans that have become disenchanted with the evolution of Spanish politics and with the traditional Catalan parties’ role in it. New political parties proposing independence will be running in the November 28 election, but a more significant detail is that the campaign’s central theme so far has been precisely the shape of Catalonia’s future relationship with Spain. Which proves that the sovereignty option is being taken very seriously by the established parties, both by those following the dictates from Madrid, whose bitter opposition was only to be expected, and by those that are sensing which way the wind is blowing and have begun to take steps in that direction. This is how things stand at this point, and this is what might have been explained in a less shallow and better researched account of the Catalan situation.


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