If the last two years have taught us anything, it’s that we are at an age where the public is very much engaged in politics, and movements can build up momentum and change is possible.
That’s what happened with Brexit, that’s what happened with Donald Trump. Only this week in the German election the Afd (Alternative for Germany) party picked up 12.6% of the public vote, and have won 94 seats in Parliament. A party that was only created 4 years ago, which preaches Anti-Muslim policies, Anti-Immigrant policies, Xenophobia.
However, where it should be exciting that the public has become more pro-active in deciding what parties and what leaders will do right by them, and actively debating positive change, it’s become an increasingly frightening time. Instead of voting for who you think will represent you in the most efficient way, and hoping that the result will go your way, and that you will feel the full benefits of your decision, and if not then things will just carry on as normal. We’re now at a juncture where there are some very serious, very far right, options available.
Politicians, and the public relations teams representing them, have seem the public division, and have preyed on it. They have feigned understanding and compassion, and in return they have provided a finger to point, targets to point it at. By targeting the impoverished, uneducated, unemployed, and misrepresented, parties have collected votes from members of the public who otherwise probably wouldn’t have voted.
Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
I mean, what sensible person would want this idiot representing them. Over 320 million people living in the United States of America, and he’s playing chicken with a man who is actively and very openly testing missiles. It’s almost as if Korea did fire a missile at the US, causing numerous casualties, he would casually dust it off with a tweet along the lines of “Sorry guys. I didn’t think he would actually do it #MyBad”.
Anyway, less of Donald.
Sunday 1st October Catalonia will attempt to have Independence Referendum to form their own republic and part ways with Spain. Of course, this isn’t as straight forward as it would seem, hence the word “attempt”. With the Spanish government completely opposed to the referendum, and adamant that no vote will take place.
The Catalan fight for independence explained – video https://t.co/uTfkHfCI81
— The Guardian (@guardian) September 27, 2017
As I type this extra police officers, drafted from across Spain, are currently driving to Catalonia to ensure that Catalonia complies with the Spanish Government.
Officers from Huelva were met with rapturous applause as they departed for Catalonia.
The Spanish Governement are intent on ensuring that all poling stations are manned by police and that no person will be allowed to strike a vote on the matter.
The Government has taken steps to ensure the vote will not go ahead, such as raiding Catalan Government Offices, arresting 14 officials, and have seized almost 10 million ballot papers over the last week. Believing that this would ensure the vote would not take place. The Catalan Government are still insistent that the vote will take place.
It’s not the first recent occasion that Catalonia has looked to breakaway from Spain.
In September 2014 Catalonia attempted to hold a Independence Referendum, but were blunted by the Spanish Government who claimed they had no right to Independence. So the vote was changed to a “process of citizen participation”, which the Spanish Government once against contested, but the Catalans continued with their vote in spite of the process being under suspension.
The two questions asked where “Do you want Catalonia to become a state?” and if voted yes “Do you want this State to be independent?”
Of course this vote officially carried no weight, but with an 81% vote of Yes-Yes, albeit with only 42% turnout, it’s significance spoke for itself. There is a growing believe in the public that Catalonia can, and will govern itself.
Which makes Sunday even more interesting, because the more Madrid refute the 7.5 million Catalans right to vote, the more divided they will become. Spain will always look to protect itself, but when over 15% of the country are refused a right to decide their future then this will create a problem.
Hopefully, whatever happens this Sunday will happen in a peaceful manner, and without an aggressive show of force. With such a delicate and personal subject, any show of aggravation, or aggression presented by the Guardia could spark a public reaction.