"Do you want Catalonia to be an independent country in the form of a republic?"

Julio writes, "That's the question that we, the people of Catalonia, will answer on 1 October, day of the referendum for independence. Some of us didn't want independence from Spain 15-20 years ago, but the central government (specially with the right-wing Partido Popular at the helm) has orchestrated a political and judicial prosecution of free speech in Catalonia. The corrupt Partido Popular has destroyed jobs, tried to dismantle public services, going to bed with the local oligarchs."

"Enough is enough.

"Of course, spanish president Mariano Rajoy has said over and over that 'there will never be a Catalonian referendum and has threatened with the use of force.

Make no mistake. Spain in now a country like it was in 1960: run by a dictator supported by the church and the army.
We want out. We want a place in Europe free of kleptocrats and oligarchs."

Catalonia calls independence referendum for October
[Sam Jones/The Guardian]

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