Evaluate The Arguments Against Catalan Declaration Of Independence In Ireland

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As of the writing of this, the controversial Catalan independence movement divides the region of Catalonia itself, its country Spain, and those watching the events unfold from around the world. While desire for Catalonia’s independence is not new, recent events have brought attention to the issue. An independence referendum was held by the Catalan government on October 1, 2017. The Spanish government declared the vote illegal according to its constitution and attempted to suppress it. The result of the vote was in favor of independence, and, after weeks of deliberation, Catalonia declared independence on October 27, 2017. As a result, Spain instituted direct rule over Catalonia the same day. The debate continues on as the two…show more content…
On the other hand, The Spanish government has a point when it says that the Catalan declaration of independence breaks existing laws. That being said, the same point shows the Spanish government’s hypocrisy. It cannot say that it is acting for the preservation of law and order when its Guardia Civil beat unarmed and nonviolent citizens attempting to vote in the independence referendum, thereby breaking laws against police brutality. A more valid argument against Catalan independence is the economic effect it could have. Catalonia’s own economic viability as its own nation is debated, while the loss of tax revenue from the region would hurt Spain and, consequently, the European Union. It is understandable why people want to avoid such a result. Arguably one of the biggest arguments against Catalan independence is the fact that the population of Catalonia itself is almost evenly divided on the issue. However, an opinion shouldn’t be disregarded just because one half of a group disagrees. Both positions that Catalans have are understandable; however, as someone who firmly supports self-determination, my sympathy tends to be for the Catalan independence
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