Riot police charged at protesters outside Barcelona’s airport Monday after the Supreme Court sentenced 12 prominent Catalan separatists to lengthy prison terms for their roles in a 2017 push for the wealthy Spanish region’s independence.
It isn't what you think. Separatists believe "Spain is stealing money from us". Truth is, Catalonia is the region that recieves more money and funds from the central government, partly because the government is trying to appease them to stay. However, you're right, they've been stolen... by the Catalonian politicians. I won't explain it here because it would take too long. Just search for "Trama Pujol" or "Caso del 3%" as examples of Catalonian corrupt politicians. They've been embezzling money for years and then putting the blame on Spain for the lack of resources.
If you are still in a researching mood. there is evidence that these politicians started all the separatist madness as a way for then to escape the Spanish Justice System.
The regional government has control over regional TV and education. They've spent years brainwashing people (especially the young) to believe their mantra "Spain robs us. Spain never liked us". They've even changed schoolbooks to alter History. «Oh, Spain has always treated us poorly. They hate us because we are better» is what they teach to children. And that is really dangerous, because this identitarian BS is reaching the point where "Spanish and Catalonian people are not the same. There are differences in our DNA. Spanish are an inferior race of dimwits. They envy us. That's why they hate us and steal us. They're hindering us. They don't want us to be successful". If you don't believe it search for "Torra ADN español".
So, yeah, these people have been stolen, but they are barking to the wrong tree and they don't even realise it because all they hear is Spain steals them and lies to them.
Oh, and for clarification, even if separatism started as a strategy for corrupt politicians to escape justice I believe that Spain's government should have allowed a referendum. This separatism problem wouldn't be this big if central government wouldn't have acted as idiots. But, yeah, it's difficult when they are a bunch of assholes too...
EDIT: spelling. Hope I've corrected everything 😂
it's all about stealing other people's money. how dare the victims protest.
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