Belgium has in that way confirmed 2 things. First Catalans are oppressed in Spain and they are subject to prosecution based on their political ideals. Therefore Spain is an oppressor.
They enjoy the greatest freedoms of self government in the world. To suggest otherwise is like saying Jews are still persecuted by the German state or that the Irish are still persecuted in NI.
Interesting reading and facts :
Catalonia: The irresponsibility of separatism
It is the Catalan regional government, not Madrid, that is putting the prosperity and autonomy of Catalonia at risk.
Catalonia is experiencing tense and uncertain times. In the last month, the regional government - made up of a coalition of nationalist parties called Junts pel Si (Together for yes) and supported in the regional parliament by an anti-establishment and Eurosceptic party (the Popular Unity Candidacy, CUP) - has decided to press ahead with its separatist project at all costs. Its ambition is not only in violation of the Spanish constitution and the Catalan autonomy statute, but does not even have the support of the majority of Catalans.
The nationalists' razor-thin parliamentary majority in the Catalan Parliament does not mean that separatists have won the popular vote in the region. Rather, their majority is the result of an electoral law based on corrected proportional representation that benefits the least populated provinces (the vote of a citizen of the province of Lleida or Girona, for example, is worth double that of one in the province of Barcelona, by far the most populated province).
However, the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, is prepared to secede on the basis of the most recent regional elections in 2015, in which separatist parties only won 47.8 percent of the vote, and an attempted referendum held on October 1, despite being suspended by the Constitutional Court, with no democratic guarantees, no existing law and no electoral authority to validate the results. It goes without saying that this pseudo-referendum also did not meet any of the main requirements set by the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe (pdf), which sets the standards for referendums taking place in Europe.
With 37.8 percent of the electorate voting "yes" (only 42 percent of registered voters participated in the referendum and 90 percent of those voted "yes", according to the questionable results provided by the regional government itself) on October 10, Puigdemont appeared before the Catalan Parliament and made an illusory proclamation of independence. However, he immediately suspended its effects, demanding that the Spanish government accept international mediation to find a solution to the "conflict" as though, instead of an internal matter that should be addressed within the framework of the Spanish constitution, it were a dispute between two sovereign states or a struggle as bitter as Colombia's with the FARC guerrillas.
The mere suggestion of international mediation is offensive because Catalonia is not a colony, but one of the most affluent regions of Spain, which enjoys the highest quality of life in the country and in Europe. It is also one of the regions that enjoys the greatest level of self-government in the world. The former prime minister of France, Manuel Valls, who is of Catalan descent, pointed this out recently. "Catalonia has regional powers unthinkable in France," Valls said. "There is genuine autonomy that is respected by Spain."
For example, the only medium of instruction in schools in Catalonia is Catalan, whereas Spanish is taught for only two hours a week. As a result, Catalonia has the dubious honour of being the only place in the Western world where the majority of the population do not even have the option of enrolling their children in schools that teach in their native language, Spanish. This high level of self-government was apparent when the Catalan regional police (Mossos d'Esquadra) took charge of the investigation into the terrorist attack that took place in Barcelona on August 17.http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinio ... 25562.html