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Catalan mayors refuse to give in to Madrid pressure

By Rudaw 17/9/2017
Over the past few days, the hottest news of Spanish media outlets has been Madrid’s demand for all the councilors of Catalonia to appear in front of the court for investigation on charges of supporting the independence referendum of Catalonia set to be held on October 1. 

“Councilors haven’t done something bad. They just want people to go and vote. We want the people of Catalonia to live free and have their own country. The countries opposing independence for Catalonia were previously invaded and were asking for freedom and they got it. Now we are asking for this freedom. We are a nation of 7 million people. We want to vote for the referendum freely,” Alfred Bosij Councilor of Catalonia, who is also leader of the Leftist Republican Party in Catalonia, told Rudaw.

Madrid is against the referendum due to be held by Catalonia, and the EU is saying they would not admit them as a member state even if they were to declare independence.

Many Catalans in Barcelona feel they have been treated unjustly by the Spanish government and seek independence. 


Azad | 17/9/2017
The situation is almost identical to ours. Yet so different at the same time. Spain is a civilized country that won't start a war because a region holds a referendum. Catalonia is not landlocked and needs noones acceptance. Meanwhile Iraq is one of the most uncivilized countries in the world and death and destruction is the norm. They are already threatening kurds with war if we go through with referendum. War in Kirkuk is a real possibility. And KRG is completely landlocked and needs Turkey's accept which is our only independent gateway out. Catalonia have the recipe for the easiest possible road to independenc. Kurds as usual have the hardest possible road to independence. This is why its so important that once a majority decision has been made among the kurdish leadership regarding referendum, that we all support it 100% even if we were originally against it. If referendum is going to be held then KRG will have an enormous task in front of it and all kurds need to support the referendum and independence campaign 100 % to give us the best possible odds.
Kurdo | 21/9/2017
Azad islam damaged your mind, take a guess why spain is civilized and iraq isnt. its because spain isnt islamic like you.
Kurds | 23/9/2017
@azad Kurds always loved Turks. See the results.
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