Catalonia declares independence as Spain prepares to impose direct rule

Catalonia has declared independence from Spain, ahead of an expected vote in the Senate which will see Madrid seize the region’s autonomous powers.

The vote in the regional parliament followed a tense week of last-ditch negotiations between Madrid and Barecelona.

  • simus1

    Viva Catalonia !!
    The makers are telling the thieving vote whore takers in Madrid it’s over ! !

  • The Buddhist Butterfly

    So which side of this issue am I supposed to be on?

    • Sid Falco

      the one that pisses off the EU the most is my rule of thumb – so pro-independence for Catalonia.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Not a deep thinker, are you?

        • Sid Falco

          deeper that you, evidently. You probably couldn’t find Catalonia on a map.

      • The Buddhist Butterfly

        Seems logical.

    • Justin St.Denis

      From my understanding, Catalonia has a very large block of muslim voters and this is what gave the Catalonian separatists the “edge” this time around. Problem is, muslims have promised to retake “Andalusia” (i.e. Catalonia) asap as they consider it already theirs. If Catalonia goes on its own, it’s chances of survival as a nominally Christian state are minimal, but the promise of islamic violence galore is ginormous. So being on the side of Spain and its government is probably the right thing to do if one takes a longer view. In the shorter term, many may see this as an opportunity to kick Brussels in the arse, and would cheer such a move. But the victory would be short-lived, as islamists lose no time in cranking up the violence when they see an opportunity for expansion at hand.

      • The Buddhist Butterfly

        Also seems logical.

      • SDMatt

        I see this “large block of muslims” claim frequently.

        Not that this is indicative of anything but I was in Catalonia earlier in the year and I saw far fewer hijabs than I would in Toronto. I didn’t see a single spade beard. I do recall seeing an online article about a local Muslim group meeting to strategize on how to impregnate the local girls.

        There are many African guys who push around shopping carts collecting scrap. Other African guys have sheets on which they sell cheap Chinese and Pakistani goods to tourists. They can often be seen with their bundle on the metro, and I’ve seen vids of the metro police beating the snot out of them when they jump the turnstiles without paying.

        Down at the waterfront there are Pakistani guys who sell drinks to the sun bathers. Unbeknownst to the latter group the former are “mixing” the drinks with their filthy hands right there is the sand. It’s probably a good way to get Hep C.

        So again, I didn’t see much visible evidence of Mohammadans but that may not necessarily reflect reality.

  • k1992

    A Spanish Civil War and then WWIII, perhaps? Of course, history never repeats, right? Though it does rhyme.

  • tom_billesley

    Catalonia used to be part of the possessions of the Crown of Aragon, a veritable Mediterranean empire in the 15th Century. (map from Wikipedia)

  • UCSPanther
    • Hello

      Thanks for the link! It was very interesting article to read!

      • Maggat

        Yes, it sure puts a whole new slant on this development , doesn’t it?

    • Maggat

      Thanks, seems as if anywhere one finds islam one will find strife.