Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

Friday, 21 may 2010 | BBC

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Resposta a la BBC

(Resposta enviada per Heather Hayes a la BBC sobre l'article "Children found dead in Spain - father on sex charges", americana de Tenessee, patriota catalana, i bona amiga del Col·lectiu Emma; volem clarificar però que la periodista, Sarah Rainsford, ha fet articles objectius i positius en el passat sobre Catalunya, i aquesta resposta s'hauria d'entendre una puntualització i no una crítica directa).

Hi. First of all, I think the BBC News is a brilliant service. Thanks so much for providing it!

Just a few observations prompted by having read a couple of articles about a crime committed in Catalonia.

To call Catalonia "Spain" is tantamount to calling Scotland "England." It is inaccurate, and offensive to millions of people.

There is also at least one reference to "Spanish Police" in the article.

In Catalonia, the police corps is not the Spanish, but, rather, the Catalan police, known as the "Mossos d'Esquadra." Here is some wiki info for you, to get a general idea,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mossos_d%27Esquadra

Mainly, know that the Spanish "Policía Nacional" have extremely limited jurisdiction in Catalonia:

"The Mossos d'Esquadra have now replaced Spain's Policia Nacional and Guardia Civil within the territory of Catalonia... As organs of the Spanish state, The Policia Nacional and the Guardia Civil will keep some officers in Catalonia to handle terrorism, identity documents, immigration and other limited responsibilities of the central government[2]."

Please be aware of the intent of the Spanish government's media to manipulate information and to keep up the idea, outside of the linguistic barriers of Spain and Catalonia, the notion that the Spanish state is just one big, happy family. Nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, BBC should look into doing a story on the HUGE and rapidly growing movement for independence, or, put more accurately, a return to Catalan sovereignty!

I will be happy to point you in the right direction, if anyone is interested.


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