Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

Wednesday, 16 december 2009 | Premsa

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Valoració 13-D (anglès)

We are pleased to see that, with few exceptions, international reporting about the unofficial referendums on independence held last weekend in several Catalan towns has been informative and fair. This admittedly symbolic consultation was launched and run by private organizations mobilizing some 15,000 volunteers, with little or no financial support, and in the face of the initial scepticism of so-called nationalist political parties, the frank opposition of the ruling socialists and a prejudiced silence on the part of the major Catalan papers and the public radio and television stations. Spanish media, for their part, have all shown their discomfort by taking attitudes that range from righteous indignation to patronizing scorn. The Spanish government’s official position has been simply to dismiss the whole exercise as legally void – something that everyone knew in the first place – or as a mere diversion. No one doubts, however, that there will be some serious stocktaking both in Madrid and within all political parties in Catalonia after nearly 200,000 people, who were all well aware that their vote would have no immediate effects, turned up to have their say anyway, and when the idea of people asking other people about their common future seems to be catching on.


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