The Fight for Independence


Spain is made up of 17 regions, and during my time I was able to go to three different regions. These regions are all very different from one another in terms of their foods, culture and even language! These differences have led to some issues between the regions. Up until 1975, Spain was under a dictatorship. Certain minority nations believed that after Francisco Franco's death that they would achieve independence, but this did not happen. Some groups fought earlier than others, but the group that has been fighting for independence most recently is Catalonia.

What community need did I learn about?:

Catalonia is an autonomous community in the northeastern corner of Spain. Catalonia consists of four provinces: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona. The official languages of this area are Catalan, Occitan and Spanish. The leadership of this region and many Catalonians want complete independence from Spain. In 2017, Catalonia held a referendum which asked constituents of Catalonia if they wanted to be independent. This vote was deemed illegal and was thrown out by the Spanish government. Since then there have been many protests. 

Why does the community have this need?:

The region of Catalonia has wanted independence since the 1850s. However, this movement gained new traction in 2009 right after the financial crash which caused public spending cuts in the region.