That Spain's chief prosecutor, Jose Manuel Maza, has called for rebellion charges against the ousted Catalan leaders, is simply ludicrous.
Spain should be cautioned that any unnecessary and excessive punishment of deposed Catalan leaders could have damning effects to the continuity of the unity of Spain. And if the hardline-conservatives in Madrid would believe for one second that any harsh punishment of those Catalans, who sought independence, would send any deterrent message to any future ambitions to sovereignty, then Spain has not heeded vital lessons from history nor does it comprehend the thirst of people to be free to government themselves.
The BBC-News reported earlier today that Spain's chief prosecutor has called for the prosecution of Cares Puigdemont and other Catalan leaders - some of whom are now in Brussels, Belgium, on charges including rebellion. Nonsense! Puigdemont and his Catalan cabinet led a peaceful democratic movement to sovereignty. At no time did they incite or use violence to achieve the goal. The prosecutor also alleges that Catalan's leaders misused public funds by holding the October 1 referendum.
So in other words, as it punished native peoples and tribes who resisted its expansion to empire and those who resisted it dominance into the West Indies, Latin America and elsewhere, Spain, today, is attempting a modern-day punishment for dissent.
As Germany was harshly punished at the end of World War I that led to the rise of the Nazis and a subsequent World War II, Spain should take caution as to its proposed punishment of the leaders of Catalonia.
In lieu of punishment, Spain should establish a commission to look into the long-standing grievances of Catalonia. Grievances can only be sworded away temporarily. Eventually, any smothered flame that receives a vane of fresh air in due course, will re-ignite. And Spain needs to heed this caution.