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An eventful fortnight for Catalonia

July 22, 2010

Saturday, 10 July 2010: huge demonstration in Barcelona against a ruling of Spain’s Constitutional Court limiting Catalonia’s autonomy.

Sunday, 11 July 2010: Catalan flags replaced by Spanish flags on the streets of Barcelona as Spain wins the World Cup in South Africa.

Thursday, 22 July 2010: Anger in Catalonia after Spain’s Ministry of Public Works (Ministerio de Fomento) announces drastic cutbacks in investments across Spain, but seen to affect Catalonia more than other regions.

Thursday, 22 July 2010: Independentists in Catalonia celebrate UN’s International Court of Justice ruling about the legality of Kosovo’s independence as paving the way for the independence of Catalonia.

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  1. July 22, 2010 9:47 pm

    On the futility of the demonstration, see Victor Alexandre (in Catalan):

    “Sense faltar al respecte ni desmerèixer la bona fe de les persones que, volent la independència de Catalunya, assistiran a la manifestació del 10 de juliol a Barcelona, en resposta a la sentència del Tribunal Constitucional espanyol contra l’Estatut, només puc dir que em sembla un acte estèril. Un acte propi de qui, empès per una flamarada emocional, creu que ha de fer alguna cosa sense saber ben bé què. “No ens podem quedar callats”, seria la frase més definitòria d’aquest estat d’ànim.”

    The Catalan blogger Rab, adds the following in English:

    “Mr Alexandre, one of the brightest minds in Catalonia, nails it again.

    A political problem is resolved via political decision making and policy implementation.
    Civic demonstrations and rallies are noise. A cry for attention given everything else seems to have failed.

    After all, this Estatut that has been decimated by the Spanish CC is an already cut-down version of the Estatut approved by the Catalan Parliament in 2005 by all parties except the Spanish PP. In a matter of days, that Estatut was watered down by CiU and PSC-PSOE in closed-door negotiations.

    Therein lies one of the conundrums of Catalan politics: support for independence, overt or subtle is ever higher, growing almost by the month. Today’s rally was a rally in favour of independence. However, none of the mainstream parties, not even ERC, let alone CiU, do try to implement the policies they carry in their manifestos. ”

  2. July 22, 2010 9:55 pm

    Hi John, thanks for the link . If you think this has been eventful just wait until next week, on wednesday (I believe) the Catalan Parliament will vote whether to ban bullfighting or not and the PSOE have given freedom of voting which means that the ban will likely be approved. And well just wait until the elections results, things are going to get quite interesting indeed.

  3. July 23, 2010 3:20 pm

    See also today’s La Vanguardia: 23/07/2010 | Actualizada a las 14:56h | Política

    Madrid. (Agencias).- La vicepresidenta primera del Gobierno, María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, no ve que relación alguna entre España, los Balcanes y la declaración de independencia de Kosovo, y ha afirmado que nadie, “con sentido de la responsabilidad” podría establecer una comparación entre ambas realidades al tiempo que ha vuelto a dejar claro que el Ejecutivo no reconoce dicha independencia.

  4. July 23, 2010 10:44 pm

    Hi John, thanks for the link, really flattered to be next to Víctor Alexandre!

    Get this: the EU might ban the Catalan correfocs (fireruns?) on health & safety grounds.
    The French are ok with the ban since this demonstration of popular culture is becoming mainstream in the the Rosselló (Perpignan counties) as a show of Catalan cultural identity -even if it has little political meaning they don’t like it.

    The Catalan regional parliamentarians are massively pissed off with the Estatut so the PSC is giving their representatives a free vote and it is not unthinkable now that the Catalan parliament will vote in favour of banning bullfighting (whether it can be implemented is another matter…)

    Some Spanish media columnists are saying that if the Catalans ban bullfighting, the Spanish MEPs should not veto the banning of correfocs in the EU Parliament and side with the French, and on top of that Spain should add a ban on castellers (human towers) using children straight away.

    Tit for tat in Spanish/Catalan politics.

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