Nationalism is not the answer to Spain’s problems, say an older generation who fought against General Franco

In the war of words in the run-up to Catalan referendum, the language has grown increasingly intemperate, amid talk of dictatorship and “occupation” forces. The Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, has even compared Spain to Turkey.

But for some Catalans who lived through the dictatorship and were beaten and jailed for demanding basic rights, such talk seems overblown.

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