A long list of injustices. Proud praise of a peaceful and democratic path. A story of empty promises, humiliations and abuses of power.
These complaints are the basis of Catalan President Carles Puigdemont’s claim that the region’s aspirations to independence are legitimate, a reaffirmation that secession is the ultimate goal of his tenure. But no historic split happened in Barcelona last night. The dreaded separation from Spain turned into an “ongoing process.”
Dialogue, negotiation, mutual understanding and sense of responsibility were the recurring words throughout his speech. The pressure had reached dangerous levels and had to be let down. Not a surprising outcome.