20 Minutos has a fun article, La Guardia Civil entra al CTTI para asegurar la suspensión de los servicios de voto y recuento el 1-O.
Basically, Catalana is trying to take a vote for independence from Spain. It isn’t going over well with the powers-that-be…
Sixteen agents from the Civil Guard are at the Telecommunications center in Barcelona to stop the Catalan vote for independence. The center handles all the digital and telecommunications for Catalan.
One comment, by a entropia2, stated it nicely:
el problema de España con cataluña y con el resto de España es el psoe. el Psoe actual es antiespañol
which translates as:
the problem between Spain and Catalan is the PSOE, the PSOE is anti-spanish.
In other words, the government leaders are EU wann-be tyrants and the populace is sick of them. PSOE, the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party is siding with the PP, The People’s Party to try to suppress the vote. The big issue is that that same PSOE is always talking down and hostile towards a unified Spain! PSOE sold the anti-Spain line of garbage and now people are acting on it… Oooops. PSOE is always talking about a “federated” structure, but has never had any real details.
Another issue is the fact that Spain is a bunch of autonomous communities. Catalan has its own language. You can find Catalan at the eastern most tip of Spain. Think about that. Their own culture, land, and language… That pretty much defines the basics of an independent nation.
In November of 2015, Catalan lawmakers approved a plan for succession from Spain by 2017 with a 72 to 63 vote. The Spanish Constitutional Court said no, but the Catalan government said go to hell. They declared a vote on October 1st of 2017 to let the people decide on independence. Being EU thugs, the government staged a raid on September 20th to gather up the ring leaders.
While the federal government is stuck on stupid, the Catalan lawmakers have some pretty damned big problems as well. Declaring independence is only the beginning. Do they think they can survive as an independent country? What will they do about a central treasury? What about existing contracts?
Since everyone is being an idiot, everyone is screwed. This is going to be ugly.