Upon the Catalan Government approving a referendum to debate independence, it seemed the region may have been laying the foundations for a new path, where the public may have been able to achieve perhaps the overarching desire outlined decades prior. With the results signalling the Spanish region won the right to statehood, it seemed democracy may have proven dividends. Yet, the referendum itself seemed to be met with a large degree of opposition from the Spanish Government who, considering having previously challenged the legality of the vote, may have acted in accordance with their own ideologies, both in an attempt to gain support for their stance and cement their position as high-ranking influencers. Yet, their actions may have achieved the opposite, with the accessibility and virality of pictures via social media a pivotal contributor to this. With the police playing a key role in ensuring the turnout remained at 42.4%, it may suggest how, after months of preparations for the vote, the Spanish Government may be utilising tactics which contrast the overarching desire for peace, further supporting the independence cause.
As Catalonia’s capital is Barcelona, the football club may have had a pivotal role to play in proceedings, with their motto, ‘more than a club’, becoming increasingly evident as people sought solidarity with the inherently political side. Whilst fulfilling their fixture obligations may ensure normality remains in the area due to the overall impact being reduced, it may also support the club’s status as a focal point for the campaign, and with one of their players, Gerard Pique, having vocalised, and voted in, support of Catalan independence, it seems their actions may show how the area possesses the capabilities to succeed independently. With the activists utilising the situation to their advantage, using the status of the club to enhance their reach, and impact followers from across the globe, it may prove their ability to campaign intelligently, solely serving to further increase support.
Whilst the activists may naturally claim the plaudits, as their continuous vocalisation to amass support for independence, and their recent campaigns uniting the populace, seems to have contributed to extending the breadth of people impacted, other nations seem to have also played a key role in proceedings. Whilst some, including influencers from the EU, opted to support the Spanish Government, a wide array of leaders from member nations may have been striving to offer assistance; amongst these seemed to be recently reelected German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who noted Spain’s alliance with Germany, and with her already playing a key role in Brexit negotiations, she may be aiming to ensure European stability may be achieved.
Yet, the largest debate surrounding proceedings seemed to occur in Britain, with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson stating his desires for the law to be upheld, whilst Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn announced his desire for the Prime Minister to support those affected by the police and find a political solution. 840 people requesting the response of the Catalan emergency services may have also resonated with the general public, and after similarly complex predicaments recently occurring in Britain, the public may be increasingly inclined to support the latter’s opinion.
With the debate ongoing, and multiple protests continuing to occur in and around the surrounding area, utilising this period may be pivotal in ensuring a resolve may be rapidly reached. With the Catalan public seemingly exercising their right to democracy, and on a broader scale freedom, supporters of the Spanish Government may suggest their actions were in coherence with the constitution, and with both sides potentially possessing valid and coherent declarations, it may be increasingly important for other nations to exert their influence on proceedings. Yet, bringing the matter to global attention may solely serve to enhance the cause for independence, and therefore whilst naturally finding a resolve via negotiations may be pivotal, potentially influencing other nations, including the US and North Korea, to act similarly, the benefits of democracy may have been showcased, with this innovation, and desire to drive the area along a fresh direction, potentially motivating other areas to similarly strive for independence.
How may both sides ensure the debate concludes with a fair result which achieves stability?