Cheers, and Visca Catalunya Lliure!

You don’t need to have been a great student—in fact, you only need a quick look at Wikipedia—to understand that Catalonia is rooted deeply in centuries past, having grown from a series of communities with a common identity.

From the first man found in Banyoles to the current Catalan President, Artur Mas, Catalonia has certainly come to constitute the national home for a diversity of people—and, should the will of its people prevail, Catalonia will become a sovereign state.

However, thirty-nine years of Francoist* ideology, determined to crush Catalan identity, were able to silence this cultural, historical, and very human need for a unique people to define their nation, and eventually become a sovereign state to participate in the international, geopolitical arena.

When a group of people share a cultural heritage based on a language with more than 1,500 years of history, they will know, believe, and feel that they too deserve the right to independence, because a nation exists inherently—and when one does, its people will surely clamor for recognition.

Now, we needn’t refer specifically to political separatism when we talk about a Free Catalonia (Catalunya Lliure, in Catalan). We’re talking about a right, a reality, and a historical truth that was stolen over the course of many centuries by the media and by the political establishment in Spain and France.

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