Separatist Movement Of Catalonia Roots Deep In History, Whereas The Donbass Republics Faced A Violent Coup And A Crackdown On It's Culture And Tradition Including Ties To Mother Russia ! ~ Alexander Protsenko

 
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5 October
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Separatist Movement Of Catalonia Roots Deep In History, Whereas The Donbass Republics Faced A Violent Coup And A Crackdown On It's Culture And Tradition Including Ties To Mother Russia ! ~ Alexander Protsenko

The Catalan referendum, which has sparked concerns over the integrity of Spain, an EU member, is based on a motive quite different from the Donbass vote for independence, said an LPR sociologist and leader of the poll center 'Special Status' Alexander Protsenko.

More than two million Catalans took to polling stations on Sunday, 1 October 2017, and two million of those who took part voted "yes" to the question: "Do you want Catalonia to become an independent state in the form of a republic?" The 'Catalexit' supporters are worried with, besides the fact that the region has a long history of tussling over autonomy with Madrid, the current budget system making the Catalans pay more in taxes than is spent on their region.

The Spanish government said the vote was illegal, and pledged to stop it, instructing local police, Mossos d‘Esquadra, to block polling station and sending several thousand additional state police officers to the region.

"Catalonia's bid for independence has been silenced in the media out of a certain European solidarity, and to keep the lid on serious ambiguities in the concept of a united Europe, and in its economic policy in particular," Protsenko said.

"The events in Catalonia and its economic background could be reminiscent of what happened in Donbass; still the comparison is not really accurate. Separatist movement of Catalonia roots deep in history and has seen sharp outbreaks not leveled down even by the autonomy granted to the region in 1979. Even the economic crisis, which some experts say gave momentum to a call for splitting from Spain, was eclipsed by the Catalan urge to gain independence as a means of setting the historical record straight," the expert believes.

"In Donbass, the idea of independence has never made to politics before. The vote was triggered by the coup-d'état in Kiev and the subsequent crackdown on Donbass cultural values and traditions by the hands of nationalists and radicals", he explained.

"Attempts to disperse protests with arms, which followed, artillery strikes on populated areas have thrown the region into a calamity just leaving the majority of citizens no choice but to hate the new state of Ukraine and to take up arms to fight it back," Protsenko added.

"Besides, Donbass has always seen itself as a part of Russian cultural and historical context, and it makes it similar to Crimean irredentist movement, rather than Catalan self-regard as a historically independent nation," stressed the expert.

Catalan referendum might vitalize centrifugal tendencies in Europe - LPR sociologist

The Catalan referendum might fuel centrifugal tendencies in Europe, said an LPR sociologist and leader of the poll center 'Special Status' Alexander Protsenko.

More than two million Catalans took to polling stations on Sunday, 1 October 2017, and two million of those who took part voted "yes" to the question: "Do you want Catalonia to become an independent state in the form of a republic?" The 'Catalexit' supporters are worried with, besides the fact that the region has a long history of tussling over autonomy with Madrid, the current budget system making the Catalans pay more in taxes than is spent on their region.

The Spanish government said the vote was illegal, and pledged to stop it, instructing local police, Mossos d‘Esquadra, to block polling station and sending several thousand additional state police officers to the region.

"Centrifugal forces have been gaining momentum in the EU lately, and if Catalonia splits away from Spain it could encourage similar processes which are currently being toned down, but are still alive," he said. "If Catalan economy manages to overcome the departure from the EU shared economic space, it will raise concerns over the necessity of the space at all adding scores to eurosceptics who doubt the EU should be preserved as it is.

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