Haaretz. Catalan leader predicts independence in about two years, and close friendship. 5oct2012
Catalan leader predicts independence in about two years, and close friendship with Israel
Alfons Lopez Tena, who heads the Catalan Solidarity for Independence, speaks with Haaretz about his view of the future for the Catalonian separatist movement.
Almost exactly five years ago, in September 2007, Spain’s King Juan Carlos paid a visit to Catalonia. Hundreds of separatists staged a turbulent protest against him. Some burned likenesses of the Spanish monarch. The separatist protest dovetailed with another noisy event – the satirical weekly El Jueves published a racy caricature of the king’s son, Prince Felipe, having sex with his wife. As though that were not enough, Catholic and conservative forces in Spain issued calls for the annulment of the monarchy. The monarchy became a viable political target; suddenly, the future of the institution seemed cloudy.
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