Week 1: Independence Movements

The fight for independence is never an easy journey. For some countries, it might have taken a year, while others are still fighting ’til this day. For hundreds of years, “breaking free” from a dominating power and becoming a self-governing country has been a known and constant battle. The Basque Region of Spain has fought for years trying everything from peaceful negotiations to violence costing Spain millions of dollars. The people of Spain’s Basque Region will continue to fight until the country is completely independent.

Fighting for independence results in violence whether it be passive or aggressive. Unfortunately for the Filipino people, the fight for independence against the United States cost them 200,000 of their people. For the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the people suffered more adversities during the Republic’s fight for autonomy. Puerto Rico used peaceful and violent methods to be granted independence and although both received a large amount of attention, United States has not granted such recognition.

Countries similar to Palau, which had no army, had to claim its independence by doing it the legal way. South Ossetia, a country which was caught in the middle of Georgian and Russian War, wanted to be independent from Georgian control, but Georgia wasn’t willing to surrender. In 2009, Russia signs an agreement to take control of South Ossetia.

When an independent movement goes on for years and is causing too much commotion, it begins to spread to other countries and grabs the attention of those with higher power. In South West Africa, Namibia wanted to claim its independence from South Africa. It took years of fighting, harassment, and intervention from other organization’s to interest the United States, France and Canada which eventually led to Resolution 435 in 1978.

I hope you enjoy the blogs for this week!

Amelia Gutierrez

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