Election week Catalunya

Now that things have calmed down from the US elections, here in Barcelona we find ourselves facing Sunday’s Catalan autonomous elections. The stakes are especialy high this time round, as the leading issue is the possibility of Catalunya declaring itself an independent country from Spain. This morning on the way to work I found my neighbourhood plastered with these Banksy-style portraits of important Catalan political figures, poised to hurl a molotov cocktail. This one, on the side of a rubbish container is an image of current Catalan president and favourite to win Artur Mas. In his case, this molotov cocktail could be a metaphor for the deep cuts made by his government which continue to eviscerate the education and health care network, and raise the ire of his constituents.