Thank you Opera Ghost and other for the explanation and historical background. Catalonia and Spain really need to work this out.

Who is right? Until a few weeks ago the only time I heard of Catalonia wanting to seperate was over ten years ago when there was a train bombing I assumed they were just radicals.

Now Catalonia is upping the stakes with a vote and their local government declaring independance. I cannot recall a time where movements like this did not become very violent (CSA, Ireland, Scotland, modern times Ukraine and Yugoslavia).

I do not understand why now. Spain has not been doing purges, mass human rights violations. It seems nativism run amok. My instincts are to side with Spain since a EU nation dividing and bringing uncertainty to the EU benefits Putin.

Someone explain who is right Catalonia or Spain?