Spain should address Catalonians' grievances: analyst

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Posted at Oct 12 2017 03:22 PM

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Spain should address the grievances of Catalonians in order to lessen tensions that have caused global unease, an analyst said Thursday.

Dominic Thomas, chair of the Department of French & Francophone Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, said only a quarter of Catalonians want independence but if Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy cannot address their issues, the numbers may change.

"There is also a sentiment that this wealthy region feels that a lot of their taxation does not get returned to them in terms of infrastructure," Thomas said.

"So for example, Madrid has a wonderful public transportation system, Barcelona does not. Schools need additional funding. So I think, if the central government was to provide through negotiations in those areas, it may alleviate some of the tensions in Catalonia," he added.

Rajoy on Wednesday gave the Catalan government 8 days to drop its independence bid or else he would directly govern the politically autonomous region.-ANC Dateline Philippines, October 12, 2017