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The claim that the procés was something unique and was going to surprise the world has changed. As in Quebec or Scotland, as Carles Castro documented in this newspaper on Tuesday, the Catalan pro-independence attempt has failed and now devours its leaders. The Catalan political scene has changed, and so should the dominant discourse and its priorities.

Llàtzer Moix, 19 May 2024

Image: Alberto Paredes – Europa Press

Just as the waters of the Catalan oasis seemed dead, unchanging, like molten lead, the waters of the procés have been in constant turmoil for twelve years, like a confused sea. That seemed to be their nature. But 12 March came and things changed. Enough to certify, belatedly but reliably, the closure of the procés.

For example, the majority in Parliament has changed: it is no longer pro-independence.

There was a limit to the credulity of the pro-independence electorate.

It has changed the lives of the leaders of the procès-presidency. After the ERC’s defeat, the president of the Generalitat will leave the political front line. The other two Republican leaders -one more than the other- are heading for the exit. And the Junts candidate, despite ignoring self-criticism, has said that he would do it again, but better, which is tantamount to admitting that he did it worse before.

The degree of naivety and faith of the sovereigntist electorate, now disappointed and demobilised, has changed. There was a limit to their credulity.

The idea that certain parties lacked a future in Catalonia has changed: the PP has increased its number of seats fivefold, the far right has consolidated and diversified, proclaiming in passing its solubility with pro-independence. Junts has also turned to the right.

The claim that the procés was something unique and was going to surprise the world has changed. As in Quebec or Scotland, as Carles Castro documented in this newspaper on Tuesday, the Catalan pro-independence attempt has failed and now devours its leaders.

The Catalan political scene has changed, and so should the dominant discourse and its priorities.

The speed of change will be another matter. The recalcitrant will continue to deny it. But this may already lead to more nails in the coffin of the procés than to extensions of the pro-independence illusion.

https://www.lavanguardia.com/opinion/20240519/9653202/cambiado.html

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