Tabarnia Today is the first official newspaper of Tabarnia, a popular platform of Tarragona and Barcelona unionist regions that refutes Catalan Separatist logic with their same arguments (and tripled wit). We are a perfect mirror of the Separatist political demands and ask for nothing they haven’t asked for.
It is this newspaper’s belief that as a country Spain has not made the necessary efforts to explain the Unionist point of view to the world. Since it is in the international political arena where separatists are playing what we consider to be a farce, it is our intention to expose them. In Catalonia, the Separatist vs Unionist discussion has become chronic to the point of creating two practically impermeable blocks that feedback from their respective media channels. Our editorial point of view is that Separatism will only begin to understand the impossibility of its project when it is clearly refuted in European and international public opinion.
In the next days/weeks this newspaper intends to publish enough material in English to explain a point of view that we feel has been silenced in Catalonia. We will give you proof of how Catalan Nationalism is not very different from other forms of nationalism: A hate-based populist movement that pictures an outside enemy (Spain) as the root of all their evils. A selfish economic agenda disguised as the identitarian issue of a “Historic Nation with medieval rights" (their words). A propaganda-of-fear message that does not hesitate to awake the ghosts of our still recent civil war to emotionally divide the Catalan society in two.
With the present First Edition of Tabarnia Today, we make available in many languages documents previously leaked in the Spanish press that are key to truly understanding the Catalan conflict and its origins.
“Truth will set us free,” the saying goes. If the politicians responsible for dividing the Catalan society should be deprived of that freedom is up to Spanish justice to decide. And while we do not wish jail to anyone, as Catalan citizens we can’t but strongly demand our wish and right to be governed by politicians who understand their role as bringing people together and not apart; politicians whose highest interest is to create a working society rather than a dysfunctional one that pushes voters in despair and confusion to their sectarian political agenda.
We believe that the dynamics derived from a Separatist agenda that has ruled over Catalonia for the past 25 years are indeed toxic for true civic progress. Toxic because it has become their conscious or unconscious interest to create an unsatisfied society, one in which deficient social services and economic prosperity can be used to blame the Spanish central government and reinforce their push for independence. We can’t help but wonder what a greater Catalonia we could have today if all those efforts, time and resources for independence had been used to create a cohesive society.
Despite all the nationalist propaganda efforts, a majority of voters did not vote for a pro-independence party in the latest Catalan elections. If separatists have majority in Parliament is because the vote in Separatist regions counts for more than 2.28 times the vote of other Unionist regions.
Spain is not a “perfect” country, we'll give you that. But to say that it is not a true democracy; that it lives under the shadow of dictator Franco who died in 1975 (years before many of these separatist youngsters were born); that the Spanish Constitution does not allow a framework of freedom under which we daily share our lives and celebrate our cultural differences: To all these we say enough.
Tabarnia wishes that we all are allowed to live together in Catalonia. But if worse comes to worse, we would also claim our equally democratic right (just as rightful, democratic and equal as the one Separatists claim for themselves) to remain part of Spain. And we would do so under legal constitutional procedures and democratic referendum.
Tabarnia might have been born with a satirical sense of humour, but it is no joke.
We invite you to follow this journalistic effort and decide if you want to spread the point of view of those who want to feel Catalan, Spanish and above all European. If that is not possible, feeling Tabarnian, Spanish and European, will do just fine.
— The Tabarnia Today editors
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