Catalonia is a wealthy region in the north east of Spain, although Catlans have their own language, history, flag, anthem and parliament. Their independence varied over the years.
Movement for independence for Catalonia is now growing. The main cause for this is when in 2010, the Spanish court announced that some freedoms are basically not to be considered as laws anymore. The response of the people was protesting in Barcelona.
I'm not Spanish, I'm Catalan
Many Catalans want independence since they don’t want themselves to be identified as Spanish- they don’t feel Spanish.
They also claim that Catalonia provides Spain way too much of their resources and pays the Spanish government too much money (through taxes).
Last year, there was referendum in which Catalans overwhelmingly voted for independence. Soon after they declared independence.
90% INDEPENDENCE VOTERS
Spain didn’t want the Catalans to have independence, so Madrid threw a direct rule (a 1st for Spain) and the government fired the Catalan leaders, dispersed parliament, and called an election in which the (Spanish) nationalists won.
You're all fired!
The Catalan president is wanted in Spain for rebellion. He escaped, and two of his ex-workers were imprisoned.
A new government is now ruling, and the Catalan nationalists have taken their power over the region from Madrid. The subject remained unresolved, and it looks like the Catalan nationalists will continue to attempt to have more independence.