Lowering the Tension in Catalan

Oct 11, 2017

The president of Spain’s Catalan region took a different tactic on Tuesday. He “called on parliament to suspend the effects of the results of the October 1st referendum to allow for ‘mediation and dialogue’ with the Spanish national government.” By asking for dialogue, the president of Catalan brings down the level of animosity and tension. “We are all responsible for this. We need [to] de-escalate the situation, not fee it any longer. I want to address everyone about the issue.” The president emphasized that he has a “mandate for independence” that he’s chosen to set aside for the moment. Spain’s Prime Minister Rajoy has threatened to “suspend the region’s autonomy” as well as kill the Catalan president. During the time of Franco, Catalan was stripped of its autonomy and the Spanish government tried to “stamp out their language.” Franco’s government also tried to settle “hundreds of thousands of outsiders in the region to try and dilute its sense of national identity.” In 2014 Catalans approved a referendum “establishing an independent republic.” Spain, backed by the EU, refused to recognize the results.