Following up on catalonian referendum is making my blood boils.
I am not in favor of an independent catalonia but i am pro referendum, only after all measures to stop the crisis have been exhausted.
Now, the central government is really just digging its own grave. There is no going back now after all this collision and blatant ignorant acts by the rajoy administration. PP is so stupid, i cannot even.
Cannot follow the referendum anymore. I just cannot!
Stupid PP. If it Partido Popular is not on the helm, things will not go this bad.
I am gonna stop reading abt 1-O to preserve my sanity. I donno why it affects me so. After all i am no spanish but i guess i more attached to the country than i thought i did, which right now, is a bad thing.
The husband is against the referendum as it is unconstitutional. His rational is, if catalonia leaves spain, it is going to have an impact on the country as a whole, how is it that the 7.5 million catalans are the only ones with the right to decide the fate of the remaining 16 million spanish people.
To him it is as if the spanish declare one day that Portugal is Spain and set up a referendum within spain to annex Portugal against its will.
Went to visit the in-laws today because my boy is incapable going anywhere near his grandparents house without asking for them.
My boys 😍
Talked a lil to the ILs about the referendum. Told them that i gathered that some catalans still feel very bitter from the oppression they suffered under franco in terms of language and culture.
MIL said that it is indeed true that there were no catalan schools in those years. That said, there were also no basque schools or valencian schools.
Growing up in the Basque country, she remembers people around her speaking in basque. You don't get haul to prison for that, she said.
According to them, oppression was everywhere if you are not part of the regime. FIL remembers how it used to be forbidden for people to be merry during days leading to Easter sunday. No music or any form of entertainment, no sitting around in cafes and having coffees, no joking and laughing around on the streets, etc. All the food rationing and the lack of freedom to move from one city to another.
MIL says she doesn't recall people getting prosecuted because they speak in their own tongue. In fact, during franco era he was actively directing a lot industries to catalonia, thus in a way leading to catalonia being the economic power house that it is.
Following the death of franco in the 70s, his hand-picked successor, the now abdicated king of Spain, converted the country into a constitutional monarchy.
All the different comunidades then gain a lot of rights on the way they govern their regions. This include the language they use, their education system, etc.
Catalonia then adopted catalan and spanish as its official language, although as i understand, the younger generations can barely speak spanisg and spanish is not even an obligatory subject in schools.
The husband also told me that the catalan version of spanish history is vastly different from the one studied all across spain.
To the catalans, there was once a kingdom of catalonia and hence a king of catalonia. The castillians came, liked what they saw, and conquered catalonia.
The rest of Spain learns that the country came about from the marriage between the queen of castilla and the king of aragon (catalonia being part of aragon).
My MIL is also very outraged by some catalans claiming that colón (i.e., columbus) was a catalan. She is all like 'WE ALL KNOW HE WAS AN ITALIAN' 🤣
Okay, lazy to write dy. Imma end this post abruptly with a pic of my baby who will be turning 2 next week! 😲