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Final battle lines are drawn: Why many Catalonians believe that staying with Spain anymore is counter-productive

By Sadhan Mukherjee*
The final battle lines appear to have been drawn between Catalonian independence and Spain’s resistance to it. The Catalonian regional parliament has opted for independence while the Spanish Republic has indicated that it will oppose Catalonian secession by all might.
The Spanish government is attempting to negate the Catalonian choice by trying to hold an election in Catalonia hoping for a people’s verdict against Catalonia’s session. Already the Spanish government is planning to seize control of Catalonia.
But this appears to be an uphill task as many Catalonians believe that staying with Spain anymore is counter-productive. The point is will Spain go for other means if the election verdict, if not boycotted by Catalonian people, will give a verdict in favour of Spain. It presumes that the people of Catalonia think differently than their own legislators.
In any case, this confrontation shows the degree of disillusion of Catalonian people with Spain in its 40-year history. Direct control of Catalonia means that the Spanish prime minister Martiano Rajoy will be able to sack the Catalonian regional government headed by Carles Puiugdemont, and assume control of Catalonian civil service, police, finances and public media.
This will effectively render the Rajoy government functus officio. This step is authorised by article 155 of the Spanish Constitution and is invoked for the first time.
Spain has also effectively isolated the Catalonian government as the European Union, UK, Germany and the United States have backed Spain and opposed Catalonian independence move.
What the Catalonian government will do now is the moot question: Succumb or continue the fight for independence. The next few days will indicate which way the wind blows. One can only hope there will be no blood-shed as both sides seemed determined to to stick on their positions.
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*Veteran journalist

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