A NEW initiative against Catalan independence with some big name supporters has sparked controversy in Spain.
Backed by Nobel-prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa and director Albert Boadella, the movement (called Liberales e Iguales) demands the entirety of Spain to be included in the Catalan independence debate.
About 50 politicians, unionists, and workers from the cultural sector started the movement after observing that much of the debate is centered in Catalunya.
Their main concern is incorporating all of Spain into the vote on any possible independence referendum, since they see the loss of one of the largest (20% of Spain’s current territory) and most profitable regions as a pressing concern for the nation.
Liberales e Iguales released a manifesto online stating its objectives and received over 500 signatures just hours after its launch.