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    A thread discussing #Catalonia and the new video from @omnium - a cultural & educational wing of Catalan separatism.

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    No one disputes Barcelona is a wonderful, modern & cosmopolitan city. It was for some years my home.

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    But truth matters. History matters. To compare in any way the situation in Catalonia with Bosnia/Srebrenica is dishonest and disgraceful.

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    I lived in Barcelona during the years of the Bosnian war. To suggest it was uniquely Catalonia that took in refugees is simply false.

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    To suggest it was 'Catalonia' fighting fascism in Spain is a grievous insult to the memory of thousands of Spaniards who fought and died.

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    It also conveniently ignores the role of the many Catalonians who collaborated with Franco's regime.

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    This new @omnium video is a case study in how historical truths can be distorted, and how nationalist propaganda is constructed.

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    Worse, it seems deliberately aimed at an international audience largely ignorant of the social complexities of modern Spain & Catalonia.

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