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Catalonia again

By Gwynne Dyer      

Maybe, after all the nonsense that happened in the past six months—big demos for independence, an illegal referendum that was designed to provoke the Spanish state into over-reacting (and succeeded), and various pro-independence leaders jailed or going into voluntary exile to avoid arrest—a majority of people in Catalonia will be so fed up with the turmoil that they vote to remain part of Spain. But I don’t think so.

Demonstrators take part in a Catalan independence rally in Manresa, Spain, in July 2013. Photograph courtesy of Josep Renalias
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I’m sitting here trying to write an article about the election in Catalonia today, because there’s nothing else to write about. Apart from that there’s nothing except more stuff about Donald Trump’s Russian links. So it has to be Catalonia—and the problem is that I don’t care what happens in Catalonia. One more smallish group defined by some tiny distinction of religion or language or history wants to break away from some other, bigger group —‘Spaniards’, in this

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