A Combat For Catalonia, Whatever That Means

For many in Catalonia, independence offered a promise of improvement amid the gloom of a lengthy recession.
Such is the power of this territorial conflict that it is also threatening to ignite passions in other regions of Spain, starting with those that neighbor Catalonia.
Yet “unlike many other European countries, Spain has a terrible inferiority complex, almost ashamed of itself,” said Ignacio Vidal-Folch, a writer.
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As part of their protest against the recent police clampdown in Catalonia, orchestrated from Madrid, separatists are reviving memories of Spain’s dark and recent past under Franco, who notably banned the Catalan language.

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