DW. Catalonia prepares steps towards independence. 14.11.2012
Catalonia prepares steps towards independence.
In the middle of the crisis, the Spanish government is worried by early elections in one of Spain’s richest regions, Catalonia. Many see the poll as a referendum on independence.
With their own language and distinct culture, Catalans have long campaigned for autonomy from Spain. These days José Maria Borras and his lifelong friend Antonio Canosa, retirees in their mid-60s, sip coffee in the Barcelona square where they went to grade school under the military dictatorship of Francisco Franco. But there’s one main difference, Borras explains: back then, their language was banned: “It’s been a long struggle for freedom. Back in those years, if you were in this very schoolyard speaking Catalan, you’d be punished!”
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