An “unofficial referendum” for Catalonia moves closer to separation:
The economic crisis has reawakened old resentments. “We are not Spaniards — we have a different culture, different language, different attitude” says lung surgeon Christian Domingo. “We are different people.”
Like many Catalans, Domingo says his region is being exploited. “The Spanish government comes here, invests 10 percent and gets 100 percent,” he says. “And this is what you do with colonies.”
The pro-independence tide turned two months ago, when huge numbers of people took to the streets of Barcelona on Catalan National Day. The leader of the regional government, Artur Mas, a center-right politician — who has long been criticized for financial mismanagement — seized the moment.