The Parliament of Catalonia in Spain has declared independence in a referendum that has been dismissed as illegal by the Spanish courts. The city of Barcelona falls in Catalonia and the vote was conducted in this city on Friday afternoon.
The Spanish capital, Madrid, has imposed direct rule on Catalonia and threatened to depose the Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and his cabinet, while dismissing the vote and its result. The Catalonian regional police also covertly supported the movement, for which, the Spanish government decided to suspend its top officials.
Tens of thousands of people have gathered in streets of Barcelona in support of their independent nation state. So far, the demonstrations have been peaceful.
Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, called for calm as he anticipates a crackdown by the Spanish authorities to break the movement.
In front of a large crowd of fellow separatists, Puigdemont said: “In the days ahead we must keep to our values of pacificism and dignity. It’s in our, in your hands to build the republic.”
Despite such zeal and confidence of the Catalonians, most of the world leaders are in favor of unified Spain.
United States have led the way to save Spain from this crisis. “Catalonia is an integral part of Spain, and the United States supports the Spanish government’s constitutional measures to keep Spain strong and united,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said Britain “does not and will not” recognise the Catalan regional parliament’s declaration of independence, which “is based on a vote that was declared illegal by the Spanish courts”.
French President Emmanuel Macron echoed the same, “there is a rule of law in Spain with constitutional rules. Mariano Rajoy wants these rules to be respected and he has my full support.”
This means if Spanish government decides to crackdown on the Catalonians, it is likely that Puigdemont will get very little support from the world leaders. However, if the Catalonians succeed in getting their independence, it can have very important implications in Asia and Middle East. The Palestine will get motivation and greater vindication of their cause for freedom from the occupied territory of Israel. Similarly, Kashmiris and Pakistan will be in an advantageous position in convincing the world that independence of Kashmir is just. Overall, it is more desirable that united Spain is maintained.