#25N Scotsman.com: Catalans vote with independent mind. 25.11.2012
Catalans vote with independent mind
By STEPHEN BURGEN
Published on Sunday 25 November 2012 00:00
IT wasn’t hard to grasp the spirit of the desire for independence anywhere in Catalonia last week. Maria Solé, from the village of La Bisbal del Penedès, said it was a simple matter of feeling Catalan and not Spanish, and not because she feels any enmity towards Spain.
“I feel Catalan the same way a French person feels French. That’s all there is to it.
“Democracy is very weak in Spain,” she added. “In Spain, things are imposed, not discussed. We’re not interested in frontiers, because we think they are disappearing. We feel Catalan, European and part of the world and we can survive, indeed, live well, within this framework.”
Read the full article here.