Along with stuff like the banning of the sardana and of Catalan, this is another of the absurd lies told about the Franco regime by Catalanist victimists and by those they manage to con, typically left-leaning Brits and Americans. Here, for example, is the Lonely Planet entry on Barcelona, which is presumably taken seriously at least by its publishers:
Franco wasted no time in banning the Catalan language and flooding the region with impoverished immigrants from Andalucía in the vain hope that the pesky Catalans, with their continual movements for independence, would be swamped. But the plan soured somewhat when the migrants’ children and grandchildren turned out to be more Catalan than the Catalans. Franco even banned one of the Catalans’ joyful expressions of national unity, the sardana, a public circle dance.
I’ve never encountered any evidence to support the deliberate swamping claim, and there’s evidence from regions suffering from devastating depopulation of furious efforts to find ways to discourage the poor and desperate from emigrating to places like Barcelona. Here‘s a brief history of the creation of the industrial estate in Albacete with precisely that goal in mind. Economic non-interventionism as practised by Franco’s technocrats may be a terrible thing but it ain’t cultural genocide.
- Franco and the golden ages of the sardana
The sardana was encouraged by the Francoist state and suffered its greatest difficulties during the period of revolutionary anarcho-syndicalist and Stalinist
- Keeping the race alive
Salvador Sostres & procreation
- Catalan language policy: Marxist, Stalinist, Francoist or fascist?
The precedents for, and some possible implications of, the Catalanisation of Barcelona’s cinemas. Plus some crowd-pleasing video of the Quebec language
- Referendums on independence are for pussies
Serious separatists will drive on the left, in Vic, starting Sunday.
- Official languages
There’s a lot of fuss at the moment in the land of the free about attempts to make English the official