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An essentialism close to fanaticism that only delves into the wound of Catalonia. The president of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, Joan Canadell, has expressed it with absolute clarity: “Spain is unemployment and death; Catalonia is life and future”. Some pro-independence people have lamented the crudeness of the comment. Canadell has clearly expressed the JxCat (Catalan governing coalition) argument for this pandemic. Without a doubt, the idea has penetrated, and it is pure hydrochloric acid, and has a destructive power that is difficult to predict.

Emma Riverola
Saturday, 04/25/2020 – 22:37

JxCat’s argument for this pandemic has a destructive power that is difficult to predict

In January 2018, the current Parliament of Catalonia was established. Roger Torrent, brand-new president of the Chamber, showed in his speech the will to “contribute to sewing up Catalan society”. Without renouncing independence, he spoke of the “cohesion that must be based on the common elements that guarantee our coexistence” His speech was hopeful. The question remained, how many of his travel companions believed in the thread and the needle?

The coronavirus has made it clear that some prefer to use only the needle. And if they can nail it viciously, the better. In the shameful tweet by Clara Ponsatí, “From Madrid to heaven”, in the first days of the pandemic, the legion of death was added. Headed by the ‘president’ Torra, followed by the spokesperson for the Govern, Meritxell Budó, and ratified by the MP in Congress of JxCat Laura Borràs. The idea is clear: if Catalonia were independent, it would have suffered fewer deaths. Madrid kills us.

The president of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, Joan Canadell, has expressed it with absolute clarity: “Spain is unemployment and death; Catalonia is life and future”. Some pro-independence people have lamented the crudeness of the comment. Let’s not tear our clothes, Canadell has clearly expressed the JxCat argument for this pandemic. Without a doubt, the idea has penetrated, and it is pure hydrochloric acid. For a start, it lacks any foundation. The Govern has made dramatic management errors; think of nursing homes, and the collapse has been avoided thanks to the reaction capacity of the hospitals and their willingness to coordinate online. The argument of death is not only “disastrous”, as Rufián has expressed, but it has a destructive power that is difficult to predict.


Torrent has affirmed that “the last thing this crisis asks for is that we make nationalist approaches”. Again, the thread and the needle. A certain independence movement works to broaden the social base. Another sinks into reductionism. An essentialism close to fanaticism that only delves into the wound of Catalonia.

https://www.elperiodico.com/es/opinion/20200425/articulo-emma-riverola-la-herida-de-catalunya-7940717

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