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Local Man from Catalonia Reacts to Unrest

October 16, 2017 07:25 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Unrest continues between Spain and its Northeastern region of Catalonia.

Recently Catalonia voted to become independent from Spain.

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A week later, there is still no clear decision on whether it will follow through.

It may be going on half a world away, but the unrest in Spain has the attention of some here in the Midwest. 
Xavier Frigola, who now lives in Rochester was born and raised in Catalonia and still has family there.

"Spain typically has had more appetite for running things in a centralized manner. Like more power to the federal government versus the states, kind of like what happens here in [the] U.S. as well. People in Catalonia want to go, some of them want to go in a different direction," said Frigola.

The Spanish government gave the Catalan president until Monday to declare independence.

But instead of a "yes" or "no", he called for more talks.

"It is a scary time because the Spanish government has made some threats that you can infer that they may send the army to try to stop it," said Frigola.

Last week, some Spanish lawmakers against Catalonian independence said the Spanish government would implement "any necessary measure" to make sure it didn't happen.

"So those participants in the coup won't get away with their agenda. So now it's time for the president of Catalonia to use these last hours he has to show a bit of common sense,” said Spanish politician Xavier Garcia Albiol.

Now the Catalan president has until Thursday to make up his mind.

The Spanish government says if not, it will step in and take over Catalonia, which is something Frigola doesn't want to see.

"The preferred outcome is both sides come together, talk, and decide a new way or different way to move forward together. But that's what politicians have been trying for the last seven years in the Catalan side with no answer on the Spanish side, so I'm a little bit pessimistic that there'll be an agreed upon resolution."


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