SPAIN – The issue of the October 1st Referendum for Independence which was declared illegal by the Spanish Prime Minister is turning seriously into a hilarious situation. There were reports that tonight Spanish army appeared in Barcelona. More over national press ABC.es reports that Spain would block any Catalonian effort to join the Eurovision Song Contest if the region turns independent.
Aquest any #Eurovision està molt igualat oi? L'any que ve comptarà amb un Estat participant més, Catalunya! 😀💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻
— Marta Pascal 🎗 (@martapascal) May 13, 2017
This actually not something new as the controversy began right after Portugal won the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest and the nationalist party leader went on Twitter using Eurovision in pro independence arguments for the region’s independence.
It’s not a matter of who is right or who is wrong but the thing is that the issue of a region going away after so many years from a state is a serious issue and using Eurovision at this moment has absolutely no meaning to anyone.
We would like to wish for safety to all of our friends and editors in the region and we pray for calm reactions and above all prioritise peace in your actions.
As a chief editor of the website I have decided not to allow any of my Spanish editors to write the story as there are deriving from the two different sides of the story. We respect them both and their political ideas but Eurovision and this website will be used only to unite those two communities instead of separating them. In the very end we are all friends!
It was EBU back in 2016 prohibiting any flags of separatist regions to be used by the fans that year. We all remember though what happened with Iveta Mukuchyan when she raised the Nagorno Karabakh flag in the Green Room. It was honorary for them, to see the Catalonian fans from Spain to respect the EBU decision and not raise the flags in the arena.
Am I the only one feeling uncomfortable writing this story?
Factoid: The regional Government of Catalonia has set a referendum on Catalan independence for 1 October 2017. The call for referendum was announced in June 2017 and approved by the Catalan parliament in a session the 6th September 2017 which was boycotted by all opposition parties but Catalunya Sí que es Pot–which choose to abstain in the vote–, and by a subsequent decree by the Catalan government. The decree mandates a binding referendum based on a simple majority without requiring a minimum turnout. The referendum is illegal according to the Spanish Constitution. With the exception of Podemos, Catalonia’s major opposition parties have called on their voters not to participate. The referendum was immediately suspended by the Constitutional Court on 7 September 2017, with the Catalan government stating the court order was not valid for Catalonia and proceeding to gather the support of 750 of 948 municipalities of Catalonia, including a partial support by Barcelona. This led to a constitutional crisis in Spain.