Alfred Bosch of the Catalan Republican Left doesn't quite understand what it is that makes a republic. Speaking to a Mexican radio station he said:
Catalonia is a nation that is at this time in the Kingdom of Spain, the autonomy exists at this time but many of us Catalans think this is not sufficient. And for that reason we ask for independence to be able to be a republic like any other state, like Mexico or Costa Rica or Norway or Portugal can be.
Catalan Republican Bosch with Norwegian King Harald V