Here's Everything You Need to Know About the Catalan Independence Referendum...
If you're confused about violent videos coming out of Catalonia, then take a seat. Justin Beiber's "Depacito" is the trendiest thing out of Spain right now (even though it's really Puerto Rican). Even then, we're confused on why such a fast song is called "Slowly." But I digress.
Here's a quick rundown of the events in Spain and why it matters:
Catalonia has been established region for the last 1,000 years. At first, it was a free region. Then came the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and a dictator, Gen Francisco Franco, ruled from 1939-1975. He was, suffice it to say, kind of a dick. That is, after all, the root word in "dictator."
When Franco died, Catalonia was declared autonomous once more after the 1978 constitution.
In 2006 - Catalonia enjoyed more financial freedom as a statute declared it a "nation."
But in 2010 - Catalonia's rendezvous with freedom ended when Spain's Constitutional Court overruled the 2006 statute.
In 2014 the economy became as valuable as Amy Schumer's jokes were funny, and Catalans thirsted for freedom. So they held an unofficial vote for independence from Spain.
More than two million of the region's 5.4 million eligible voters took part and officials declared that 80 percent had backed secession.
In 2015 separatists won the election and began crafting plans to eventually part ways with Spain, despite Spain's constitution which specified Spain couldn't be divided. Challenge accepted.
Annnnd now, in 2017 - The local Catalan government held a vote on independence:
The Catalan parliament enacted its own law in a vote on 6 September. There was just one question on the ballot paper - 'Do you want Catalonia to become an independent state in the form of a republic?'
And there were two boxes: Yes or No.
Under the controversial law, the result is binding and independence must be declared by parliament within two days of the Catalan electoral commission proclaiming the results.
Such excitement from both the Catalan government and Catalan president was short-lived. Speaking from Madrid (Spain's capitol) Spain's prime minister decided "democracy" was over-rated if the people of Catalonia didn't vote the way he wanted them to.
Therefore Spain's Constitutional court suspended the ruling of the Catalan government, barring them from voting for independence:
Catalan officials involved in organising the vote were arrested, some 10 million ballot papers impounded, and websites informing Catalans about the election were shut down.
What's worse is that Catalan police were ordered to stop their own people from voting. Sound like a mess? It is.
This fight has only just begun. Hoards of Catalans want independence and they want it now.
Pro-independence supporters have certainly produced large-scale demonstrations in favour of secession. One million people turned out in Barcelona for the national day on 11 September.
The Catalan people have been fighting for their freedom to be their own nation throughout the entire existence of Catalonia. They're being met with violent resistance from government:
Been so many shocking images of Spanish police brutality denying democracy but this has to be most chilling… https://t.co/BP3YE8R91Z— Celtic Gossip (@Celtic Gossip)1506887963.0
I have no words to describe this. Spain has lost Catalonia. #CatalanReferendum https://t.co/uLZQCpgljp— Catalans for Yes 🎗 (@Catalans for Yes 🎗)1506865419.0
#Catalonia Presid.@KRLS dennounces human rights violations by Spain police against Catalan voters. Judge by yourself:https://t.co/mOYk605AXt— [ David d'Ent.🎗#JoSócCDR ] (@[ David d'Ent.🎗#JoSócCDR ])1506891904.0
Peaceful Spaniards in search for Independence viciously attacked by police .... #Catalonia https://t.co/g5cGGF2iu4— USA NEWS (@USA NEWS)1506915041.0
Almost 900 people were injured, Catalan officials said. Opposition parties criticized Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for taking a heavy-handed approach to blocking the vote.
Leftists should watch these clips and see what true police brutality looks like. But then again, maybe they would just envy the control of the larger government against people who just want to be free.
It's not a real mystery why Catalonia would want to be its own nation separate from Spain (see LOL: Spain Proposes Ban On… Memes Mocking Politicians?! and Man with Knife Shouts ‘Allahu Akbar!’ Gets DROPPED by Spanish Cops…), and as a country which flipped the bird to a government (twice) in the past, it's hard to say we blame them.
Kind of reminds us of Brexit: