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Post When Will the Catalonian Independence Leaders be Sentenced?
Created by John Eipper on 09/26/19 4:41 AM

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When Will the Catalonian Independence Leaders be Sentenced? (Bàrbara Molas, Canada, 09/26/19 4:41 am)

It was recently stated by prosecutor Javier Zaragoza that the Court's final decision on el procés would be announced within the first two weeks of October 2019, barely a month before the national elections.

However, this information is not final. In any event, a decision should be reached before October 12th, which is when the preventive detention of separatists Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart would have to be extended for two years after their imprisonment.

JE comments:  October 12th is the old "Día de la Hispanidad" ("Spanishness" Day) for Francoists.  Now it's known by the blandest and most generic name imaginable:  "Fiesta Nacional"/National Holiday.

The big question:  will the Court take a hard line (read: hard time) against the independentists, thus provoking unrest in the streets?  Or will it try to smooth things over with a slap on the wrist, thus enraging the Spanish Right?  It's a lose-lose scenario.

I'd like to hear from Jordi Molins on this topic.

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  • The Myriad Names of October 12th (José Ignacio Soler, Venezuela 09/27/19 3:39 PM)

    In the September 26th post of Barbara Molas, John E commented that "October 12th is the old 'Día de la Hispanidad' ('Spanishness' Day) for Francoists." I believe some clarification on this assessment is necessary.

    Since 1987, October 12th is the official National Day of Spain. It commemorates the supposed day Columbus arrived in the Americas, and it is a symbol of the integration of the diverse kingdoms of Spain in the 15th century and their linguistic and cultural expansion beyond the European borders. I believe before that and unofficially, this day was called "Día de la Raza" (Race Day) until 1931 and in 1935, the name "Día de la Hispanidad" was proposed by Ramiro De Maetzu and generally accepted during many years. It is not a "Francoist name" in origin; it was already in use since beginning of the 20th century, though it was used and officially designated in 1958 by the Franco regime under this name.

    Countries in America used, and some still use and celebrate, the name "Dia de la Raza." Nowadays it has changed in some countries. Argentina uses the name "Cultural diversity respect Day"; Bolivia "Decolonization day"; in Colombia it's the "day of Race and the Hispanic"; in Venezuela since the Chávez times, "Day of indigenous Resistance"; Uruguay and Chile still informally use the "Day of the Race" name; Peru uses "Day of the original people" name; and finally in the US it's "Columbus Day." All names have different political and socio-cultural implications, but the fact is that historically it's and important and significant day for Western civilization.

    JE comments:  I don't often link up to a WAIS article from the last millennium, but this 1999 Ronald Hilton post complements José Ignacio Soler's comment to a T.  I never knew about Indigenous Resistance day.  Read on...and let's revisit this topic on the 12th.


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