On 1st October 2017 the people of Catalonia in Spain will participate in a referendum to split from Spain. The government of Spain has taken action to crush the referendum by closing down websites, seizing ballot boxes, arresting officials and destroying anything promoting the referendum.
The situation in Catalonia echos the global paradigm where local people desire control over their community against centralist and globalist interests. Many people, including myself, are disturbed that in a modern-day Europe the sort of tyrannical actions worthy of Franco or Hitler has emerged to crush supporters of localism and community in Spain.
The recent strong showing of the right in Germany that weakened the globalist champion Angela Merkel again manifests that people desire control over their own local affairs, and a rejection of globalism.
The efforts of Madrid to crush the desire of local people to vote on their own future is more likely to create a strong movement for independence, an insurgency, and even a civil war.
This writer is a strong supporter of localism and community, be it the people of Hampstead in London or Catalonia, and it is hoped the strength of a community will prove stronger than those forces that wage war against it.