First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you...
then you win. Until recently I thought Catalunya had no chance in hell to get independence, even given Chapter 1 of the United Nations' Charter:
"2. To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples".
Doesn't international law trump national law?
Now, if I were in their place these events would have made me in favour of independence. I think Spain has just made independence or greater autonomy inevitable.