October 30, 2017 - by Pablo Ouziel, University of Victoria
On October 27th of 2017, the Parliament of Catalonia unilaterally declared independence from Spain. Following from this, the Spanish Senate activated Article 155 of theSpanish Constitution. Since then Catalan parliament has been dissolved, andearly elections in Catalonia have been scheduled for December 21st of 2017.
At present the citizens of Catalonia are living in a socio-political and legal context in which two different parties are telling them which nation-state they belong to. On the one hand, the Spanish state which has applied Article 155 reducing the rights of citizens in the autonomous region. On the other, a Catalan Republic that has been declared by the Catalan parliament and automatically been rejected by the international community.
Democracy has been the catchword used by both the Catalan and the Spanish governments over the past few months, while the population as a whole has seen its rights being crumpled.
This is the first unilateral declaration of independence by a region within a European Union member state. It is important to make sense of the process in order to understand the vicious cycle we seem to have entered. Better understanding can help democratize our democracies and present virtuous responses to the threats we face as citizens.
Listen to the last radio interviews of Pablo Ouziel:
http://www.gorilla-radio.com/2017/10/26/gorilla-radio-chris-cook-pablo-ouziel-robert-hunziker-janine-bandcroft-october-26th-2017/ / This interview starts at the beginning of the show.
http://www.iheartradio.ca/cfax-1070/pablo-ouziel-post-doctoral-student-in-u-vic-s-centre-for-global-studies-1.3390844?mode=Article&autoplay=1.3390844 / This interview runs until minute 9:45, and then it should be forwarded to minute 19:35 for the second part (it was rendered wrong and at minute 9:45 it repeats what has already been heard so one needs to just jump past it to minute 19:35