Reflections

Catalonia's Bid for Independence Is a Zero-Sum Game

Oct 2, 2017 | 15:22 GMT
Spanish police seize ballot boxes in a polling station in Barcelona, on Oct. 1, 2017, on the day of a referendum on independence for Catalonia banned by Madrid. And after hundreds were injured in clashes on election day and voting was disrupted so thoroughly that results cannot be considered reliable, it's clear that things in the region will get worse before they get better.

Spanish police seize ballot boxes in a polling station in Barcelona, on Oct. 1, 2017, on the day of a referendum on independence for Catalonia banned by Madrid. And after hundreds were injured in clashes on election day and voting was disrupted so thoroughly that results cannot be considered reliable, it's clear that things in the region will get worse before they get better.

(PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images)

Catalonia carried out its independence referendum on Oct. 1 despite Madrid's forceful effort to prevent it. And after hundreds were injured in clashes on election day and voting was disrupted so thoroughly that results cannot be considered reliable, it's clear that things in the region will get worse before they get better....

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