Ayúdenos a “internacionalizar el prucés”!
I explained in my previous release Catalan Nationalism for Dummies I how a bunch of intellectuals at the end of the XIXthe Century discovered that we Catalans had always been a nation, even if we had not realized it until then: so catalan nationalism was born at last. I promise you the nationalist feeling had always existed but had been latent, asleep, and this is why it is…errr…difficult to find any trace of it in our millenary history until then.
So the nationalist intellectuals started to educate the catalan people in order to awake their true feelings. They were regarded as being extravagant or simply nuts and the unillustrated peasants and shopkeepers laughed at their preaching, but with time lots of Catalans joined their ranks. You get the evidence from the several 1930s election results: most of Catalans wanted independence from Spain, though there were still some Catalans that also felt Spanish, like catalan monarchists, catalan regionalists, catalan traditionalists, catalan lerrouxists, catalan socialists, catalan communists and even catalan leftists from ERC. Hmmmm…that means 99% of Catalans still wanted to be Spanish… Well, let´s move on.
Now get ready for a key insight you must never forget: while Spain is violent, militaristic and dictatorial, we Catalans are peaceful, democracy-lovers and always respect the rule of law. Take catalan general Prim, who ruled Spain in the XIXth century: he was not exactly elected but I am sure he was a pure democrat at heart. Study the anarchist terrorism in Barcelona in the early XXth century: it is true that the assasins of Spanish president Dato were Catalan, but they were just poor loonies. Understand that if the catalan bourgeoisie encouraged and supported general Primo de Rivera´s (Catalonia military chief) dictatorship in the 1920s, they just did it to preserve their wealth. Contemplate how the tiny and aborted war plot of Spanish army coronel Macià in Prats de Molló was surely conceived in the best interest of Catalonia. Meditate how, if ex-Army minister and regional president Companys organized a coup d´Etat in 1934 against the elected government, it only lasted 6 hours. Peace, Democracy and Rule of Law: this are our core values, so different from Spain´s ones.
And here comes the big thing: Franco. Because you know, the Spanish Civil war was really a war between Spain and Catalonia, and Franco was Spain. Forget the right/left, fascism/communism dilemma that mesmerized the whole Europe at the time. Forget the writings of George Orwell while in Barcelona during the war. Forget all the catalan socialists, communists and anarchists that had nothing to do with nationalism. Forget the thousands of Catalans that escaped Catalonia to join Franco´s armies. Forget the catalan financing of Franco´s secret services. Forget the unprecedented, almost hysterical cheering to the Francoist troops when Barcelona was liberated. Ok, I reckon it all probably happened but … you will feel a better…yeah, a better catalan if you forget it.
The fact is that during Franco´s regime our local government disappeared and the catalan tongue was prohibited. Catalan-speaking families were sent to jail and if you were heard speaking catalan you risked the death penalty. At least this is what they taught me at school, and when I explained it to my grandparents, well they just looked at each other and laughed to tears. So proud they were of me!
It seems that writing books in catalan then was also a crime and catalan authors were prosecuted. Well, it is true that from the 1940s thousands of books in catalan were published but the editors were probably francoists, so they don´t count.
Well, you just have to remember: we Catalans hated Franco and when he visited Catalonia the streets were empty as nobody wanted to see him.
And next day I will tell you about how undemocratic Spain is today, how little self-government we have in Catalonia and …my favourite! how Espanyansroba, nsroba, nsroba, nsrobaaaa!!
Salut i peles.
Arnau Sànchez i Garcia
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