vijayjohn wrote:Saim wrote:Balearics, likely to be more sympathetic to Catalonia.
Are they really? I'm skeptical. IIRC, there are more recent immigrants there from Catalonia, but still, locals there seem to insist that mallorquí etc. are definitely NOT Catalan. I know a native speaker of mallorquí personally. The first thing I ever said to him directly was like three words in Catalan (that I'd learned from TY Catalan because I didn't know the difference), and he practically skewered me. I think I've seen clips of anti-Catalan protests there, too.
The Basques are definitely not Catalan either. Their sympathy derives from a shared opposition to Spanish centrism. The Balearics are less worried about Catalan cultural hegemony than they are of Spanish political domination.
Since Yasna (like my brother) seems to get a lot of his talking points from the Economist, I wonder if he noticed this bit in their most recent editorial on the conflict. After once again praising "rule of law" and criticising the Generalitat's actions, it nonetheless concludes "But that is not the end of the story. Democracy rests on the consent of the governed."
This is a key point which keeps getting missed. Consent is not something which, once given, can never again be revoked. It has to be actively renewed. Only a minority of Catalan voters were in favour of independence before the referendum but there was a clear majority in favour of letting the referendum take place. Even "no" voters joined the protests on Sunday and the general strike on Tuesday. From the reaction of the Rajoy and the Spanish government, they apparently didn't reckon with this at all, which is why the corresponding article in this issue lambastes it for being staffed with "state lawyers who form an elite bureaucratic corps" who are "out of touch with Catalan realities".
(As you'd expect, their coverage shares the blind spots that Saim highlighted earlier, showing the kind of casual contempt for defence of a smaller language and culture you expect from those who will never be in the same position. Even so, they place the blame for escalating the crisis pretty squarely on Rajoy for making every wrong move in his response and call on him to return to negotiations.)