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Conflict is heating up between Catalan separatists and the Spanish police state. But the "independence" movement only took center stage after a countrywide anti-capitalist struggle for liberation was undermined by democracy and nationalism.

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The Iberian peninsula has seen conflict between authoritarians and proponents of autonomy & solidarity since long before the Spanish Civil War.

In 2011, the 15M movement—a forerunner of Occupy—broke out in Spain, occupying plazas and clashing with police.
That phase of struggle arguably peaked on March 29, 2012 with massive riots during a nationwide general strike.

All around the world, this was a high point of grassroots struggle against the inequalities of capitalism and the violence of the state.
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