“No tinc por!” â€” I’m not afraid â€” mourners have been chanting within the local Catalan language at vigils & marches across Barcelona, since ISIS killed 16 people in & across the city on Aug. 17 & 18.
However when Spain’s king broke royal protocol & joined marchers last weekend in solidarity with the terrorism victims, the tone modified: Residents booed & yelled at him to “get out!” & go home to Madrid.
Catalans are using the “No tinc por” slogan â€” & hashtag â€” to precise defiance not solely against terrorists yet in addition against the Spanish state.
Separatists rule Spain’s northeast region of Catalonia, which has its own language, culture, historical past & holidays. Last month’s ISIS assaults hit throughout a marketing crusade for independence.
So when Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy arrived in Barcelona several hours after the assaults, he appealed for unity.
“It is cultured in that we are capable of working collectively â€” like a real team,” he told reporters. “Unity will enable us to wipe out terrorism.”
That infuriated many independence activists, who interpreted Rajoy’s feedback, & the Spanish king’s appearance in Barcelona, as challenges to the independence movement â€” & to regional officers’ authority.
“Right after the attack, lots of people within the independence movement had this feeling in that the attack was being utilized by the Madrid press & politicians as a method of attacking independence,” states Liz Castro, an American immigrant to Barcelona & convert to the Catalan independence cause. “There have been instantly editorials in that stated, ‘Catalans must hand over this foolish game of independence, 'cause this is admittedly critical.’ “
Catalan leaders allege they won’t surrender. They vow to go ahead with a referendum on Oct. 1 & declare independence from Spain if the “yes” votes win.
Madrid states the whole entire thing is unconstitutional.
The terrorist assaults have given Catalan & Spanish politicians another thing to argue about. They trade barbs daily over which level of presidency â€” regional or national â€” is to blame for failing to detect ISIS militants before it was too late.
In a current TV interview, when Catalan Inside Minister Joaquim Forn read out the names of the victims, he made a distinction between “Catalans” & “Spanish nationals” â€” as if they have been already from two totally different countries.
In the meantime, rank-and-file cops try to resolve how a Muslim imam managed to quickly & quietly radicalize 12 local youths in to ISIS attackers.
Inspector Albert Oliva, with the Catalan regional cops officers, referred to as the Mossos, states the regional & national forces have been working well collectively.
“We have really had acceptable relations between regional & national cops officers forces,” states Oliva. “Within 15 minutes of the attack, we would arrange a coordination center collectively. So to paint the cops officers response with controversies & accusations â€” in that is the unlucky work of politicians & the media.”
Spain has seen this before. Politicians & the media exploited the deadliest Islamist attack in Europe, the 2004 Madrid train bombings, which killed nearly 200 people just days before a national election.
The party bash favored to win, Rajoy’s conservative Popular Party bash, mistakenly blamed the assaults on Basque separatists. So did most conservative newspapers. The- general public felt duped, & delivered a shock success at the polls to the opposition Socialists.
Last month’s Catalonia assaults happened six weeks before an independence referendum. This time, it is unclear how voters will react.