A letter to sensible Catalans

Vicky Pino By Vicky Pino, 25th Apr 2016 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Public bars, restaurants and companies are being fined heavy fines if they don't change their out signs and put them in Catalan.

A letter to sensible Catalans

I was raised in Barcelona, although, I have a background of different sorts. However, my lifestyle has always been a Mediterranean Catalan one.
I lived through my childhood, adolescence and early youth in Barcelona. On one day, I left, because I felt I had to broaden my horizons. Yet, I always spare a time to go back to the city where I had left a lot from myself.
If say I go for a week, I find that after two or three days, there is not much I can do. It's been turned into a real bore. This is a shame for a city that offered much more in the past than the one that is the capital of the State.
Years ago, your government decided to ban bull fighting on accounts of being a Spanish custom. How ignorant were they! They don't know that bull fighting was first started by Catalans and the custom spread into the rest of the Peninsula, Italy, South of France and South America. It's an ancient custom started by Catalans.
There has been a lot of discussion on Christopher Columbus's nationality. Many of us were told that he was sort of illiterate sailor from Genoa who fortunately happened to start a commercial relationship with the then Spanish Monarchy. How false and ridiculous this is. Historical researches that can be trusted tell us that he was a Catalan whose surname might have been Colom and definitely not an illiterate sailor from Genoa. Actually, and according to some trustworthy researches, we can know he was an aristocrat and a very much cultured person. This will explain why he achieved to hold a relationship with the Spanish Monarchy of the time. Would queen Isabel had welcomed him in her Court if he had been an illiterate sailor?
However, these independents that have never bothered to know history decided that Christopher Columbus was and Spaniard and, therefore, they decided that the replica of one of Columbus's caravels that had been in the port of Barcelona had to be removed and sunk in the sea.
Catalans complain that they were denied their right to use their language during Franco's dictatorship. This is also false. Even during those years, there were a good handful of publishing houses that published and sold books in Catalan as well as playwrights that wrote plays to be performed in Catalan. There were also discussion groups to get together and to have a conversation on a choice of topics in Catalan.
Don't you believe me? Research for yourself on history. Thus, you'll prevent them to handle you to do as they want you to do.
Catalan independents only make up a small minority within the Catalan population and we would be wise to find out what's behind this trend to divide Spain into several small lands. Who are really pushing to a tiny minority of Catalans to get the rest to follow this dreadful path? Do you really want to be like other pieces of land in the world that aimed to be independent from the rest of their countries to become just a small piece of land that won't count in the world if only to be slaves?

Catalonia has a lot of good things, but they have not enough to become a truly independent country. To become an independent nation, all of you need money, but where will you get it? Will you try to get it from the infamous IMF or the ECB? Think it again what it means to get money from those who created usu-re.

© Vicky Pino. April 25th 2016.


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Barcelona, Catalan, Fines, Lifestyle, Money

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
3rd May 2016 (#)

Interesting piece of contemporary history. Something that spice up the legendary rivalry of Madrid and Barcelona.

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author avatar Vicky Pino
3rd May 2016 (#)

There is not such rivalry except for the football matches between Real Madrid and Barcelona CF and this ends up in the football pitch. The idea of an independent nation in Catalonia is cherished by a tiny minority of the Catalan population encouraged and paid by the financial system to divide us to succeed over all of us. Just like in happened in Italy, France or UK.

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