Last week, Catalonia held a controversial referendum on whether it should secede from Spain. The vote was accompanied by a heavy-handed police crackdown that may have prevented some Catalans from voting. Nevertheless, the Catalan regional government declared that more than 90 percent of Catalans had voted for independence — even though the Spanish Constitutional Court had ruled that the referendum was illegal.
These events — and particularly the disputed results of the referendum — give the impression that Catalans are clamoring for independence. But this is wrong.
Before the referendum, a minority of Catalans supported independence
The most recent survey by the Catalan government’s Center for Opinion Studies (CEO), which was conducted in July, showed that only a minority of Catalans (35 percent) supported independence.… Seguir leyendo »