BREAKING NEWS: Constitutional Court In Spain Suspends Catalonia’s Planned Independence Referendum
The Spanish government appealed to the courts to stop Catalonia’s independence vote which was planned by the regional movement for November 9, after Catalonia President Artur Mas came up with an decree on Saturday that officially called for a vote on Catalan independence.
"Neither the object nor the proceedings of the vote are compatible with the Spanish constitution." - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy
The Catalan push for independence seems to have been given momentum from Scotland’s referendum, despite the Scottish voters’ rejection of an break-up from the United Kingdom.
Nevertheless the reasons that are guiding Catalans to the streets for demanding independence are quite similar to those that brought Scots to the polls. But this time they might be even more amplified as well as Catalonia’s frustration with the Spanish government comes in part from being the wealthiest region of Spain and Catalonia’s separate historical legacy and identity being more stratified as above half of the region’s population speaking Catalan as primary language.
“Catalonia wants to speak. Wants to be heard. Wants to vote. Now is the right time and we have the right legal framework to do so.” - Catalonian President Artur Mas
The question now is what the next step might be. Will the referendum will be held, despite suspension? What reactions from both sides can be expected?
A referendum like this always divides the society in two, forces people to choose. And often it turnes out not to be easy to choose between two contradictory options, that will have effects on both, country and its people.