Catalonia Votes to Get the F Out of Spain

The Background 

It’s been a rough few weeks for the people of Spain. On October 1, the citizens of Catalonia voted to secede from Spain and create their own nation. The vote, which thus far, hasn’t been recognized by the Spanish government, is causing quite an uprising, resulting in mass protests and police violence. National Post

What Else You Need to Know

Rumours are swirling that Catonalia will submit an official declaration of independence to parliament later today, as government officials discuss the recent vote. But it’s certainly not straightfoward: Not only has the Spanish government refused to acknowledge the vote or its results, Spanish loyalists marched through the streets of Catalonia over the weekend, in an effort to show their support for unity and the mother country. Chanting, “Don’t be fooled, Catalonia is Spain,” the group also called for Catalan’s regional President Carles Puigdemont to go to jail for holding the referendum.

What’s Next?

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy reiterated his government’s commitment to unity yesterday, saying “Spain will not be divided and the national unity will be preserved. We will do everything that legislation allows us to ensure this.” On the flip side, Puigdemont plans to address parliament today to try and figure out how to proceed with the separation.