And why wouldn't today's "oppressed" Catalans
become tomorrow's oppressors to prevent that from happening?
What distinguishes Catalans
from the populations of what are now independent states in the Balkans is that they are not ethnically different from the rest of Spain.
An overwhelming majority of Catalans
support holding of a referendum on this question, approaching 80 per cent in some polls.
Both the Spanish and Catalan
governments have now gone for the nuclear option - the Catalans
by declaring unilateral independence and Spain by triggering Article 155 of the constitution.
He said central government ministries would take over the Catalan
administration and also moved towards taking control of the breakaway region's police forces by sacking its first in command.
Summary: Madrid [Spain], Oct 28 (ANI): Sacked Catalan
leader Carles Puigdemont has called for "democratic opposition" against Spain's formal takeover of Catalonia.
Civil disobedience was also backed by far-left party CUP, a key support for Catalonia's pro-independence minority government in the regional parliament, which called Madrid's actions an aggression against all Catalans
central government was acting against the will of Catalans
Advertisement Rajoy issued a last-minute call on Wednesday for Puigdemont to calm the situation and act in the interests of all Spaniards and Catalans
His speech was highly critical of the Spanish government's response to the referendum but he said Catalans
have nothing against Spain or Spaniards, and that they want to understand each other better.
are still angry about the Spanish constitutional court's decision seven years ago to annul or reinterpret parts of the 2006 Catalan
Statute of Autonomy, which would have afforded the region greater independence.
Synopsis: Ahead of a potential vote on independence on Sunday, Catalans
express less confidence in their national government (22%) than do Spaniards in the rest of the country (30%).
Polls show that while Catalans
are sharply divided on whether they want independence or not, a large majority would like to vote to settle the matter.
Dragons' France international Thomas Bosc will bring his distinguished career to a close at the end of the season.
recorded their third win in nine days - as early pacesetters Widnes fell to a third successive defeat in the same peroid.