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Ex-President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont: Spain’s deep state is the same as Franco’s deep state (E991)

We speak to former President of Catalonia and European Parliament MP Carles Puigdemont. He discusses the independence referendum in Catalonia in 2017 and the Spanish state’s subsequent crackdown on the independence movement, the repression against Catalonia through the history of Spain through the Franco era to the present, his own family’s history of political persecution by the Spanish state, the rise of far-right parties like Vox in Catalonia and why this isn’t a new historical trend, why hopes for an agreement under Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez may be shaky after a prominent pro-negotiation politician left Sanchez’ cabinet, how the Spanish ‘deep state’ of today is the same as the Franco-era deep state and much more!

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