Tag Archives: Spain

Catalonia: Nazi-saluting fascists chant “Viva Franco,” clash with police during anti-secession protest

Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“Violence has broken out on the streets of Barcelona as Nazi-saluting fascists draped in Spanish flags clashed with Catalan police wielding batons. Spanish officials organised a unionist march through central Barcelona today in which they claimed more than a million people took part to resoundingly reject Catalonia’s declaration of independence. During the protests in Barcelona, men can be seen lashing out at line of police officers and a second video from Madrid shows dozens of protesters gathered in a group and making Nazi salutes. The crowds chanted that Carles Puigdemont, the sacked Catalan leader, should be sent to prison for declaring independence. Other videos show gangs chanting ‘Viva Franco’ — a nod to Spain’s former dictator General Francisco Franco.” (10/29/17)


Protesting votes

Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“Of all the stupid things to come from the modern left (as opposed to libertarians, the true left), this recent trend of opposing a vote by protesting it and not voting at all may be the most stupid. Congratulations to Catalonia for its declaration of independence (given the foundation of the United States, if you request international assistance, the U.S. should have your backs). We won’t, because we’re too busy fighting in countries like Niger without any declaration of war while simultaneously starting fights with Syria, Russia, North Korea, and Iran, and because, despite living in a country that was literally founded by a declaration of independence, many Americans seem to think that ‘declaring independence’ is a right that no longer exists.” (10/27/17)


Catalonia: Spanish regime attempts to seize control after declaration of independence

Source: Chicago Tribune

“Catalonia’s ousted separatist president on Saturday called on Catalans to peacefully oppose Spain’s imposition of direct rule in the region, in a veiled refusal to accept his Cabinet’s dismissal as ordered by central authorities. Spain took formal direct control of Catalonia on Saturday, dismissing the region’s defiant separatist government, including Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, a day after lawmakers passed a declaration of independence for the prosperous northeastern region. … In a pre-recorded televised statement, Puigdemont said only the regional parliament can elect or dismiss the Catalan government, vowing to ‘continue working to build a free country.'” (10/28/17)


Showdown between Spain and Catalonia headed to crunch

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“The standoff between Spain and Catalonia over the wealthy region’s bid to secede went down to the wire Thursday, as the Spanish government prepared to strip away Catalan regional powers after its separatist leader scrapped hopes of early elections that might have ended the country’s worst political crisis in decades. After weeks of mounting antagonism, Catalan officials had initially indicated regional President Carles Puigdemont was preparing to announce a snap election for December — a vote that had been the Spanish government’s idea as a way of ending the deadlock. But as news of Puigdemont’s plan spread, angry student demonstrators waving separatist flags and calling him a traitor marched to the gates of the government palace in Barcelona. Even some of Puigdemont’s political allies called him a coward for not unilaterally declaring independence in the face of Spain’s resistance. Then, in a hastily called address, Puigdemont said he had decided not to call a vote because the Spanish government did not provide enough assurance that it would suspend what he termed its ‘abusive’ measures to assume control of Catalonia.” (10/26/17)


A few thoughts on Catalonia

Source: Independent Institute
by Alvaro Vargas Llosa

“The Catalan independence movement has drawn some support among libertarians. From a theoretical standpoint, any group’s attempt to break away from a larger political entity is hard to argue with. Ultimately, tough, the principle of self-determination, taken to its logical extreme, would mean dissolving the state and replacing it with voluntary associations. Which is why some classical liberals have taken a more limited view of self-determination. Ludwig von Mises, for instance, argued in Liberalism that the only defensible self-determination was that of individuals, not nations, and since it is impracticable on technical grounds, it is necessary to accept the will of the majority in a given territory. Whatever one’s position, when considering the Catalan issue one should take into account that the region’s nationalist movement places a collectivist notion, the ‘Catalan nation,’ above individual rights.” (10/24/17)


Catalonia: Officials “won’t follow orders from Madrid”

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Catalan authorities will not follow orders from the Spanish government if Madrid moves to reassert control over the region, a senior official says. Foreign affairs spokesman Raul Romeva told the BBC the central government was acting against the will of Catalans. Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has announced plans to sack the region’s government and curtail some of the freedoms of its parliament. Separatist parties in Catalonia are due to discuss their plans later. The Spanish Senate is expected to approve the government’s measures on Friday along with a proposal for fresh regional elections. … Apart from stripping [president] Carles Puigdemont of all his powers, the central government will also seek to take control of Catalonia’s local police force and its public broadcaster, TV3, reports suggest.” (10/23/17)


Spain: Rajoy regime announces plan to seize control of Catalonia (dictatorships don’t negotiate)

Source: CBS News

“Spain’s government said Thursday that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy would hold a special Cabinet meeting over the weekend to trigger the process to take some or full control of Catalonia’s semi-autonomous powers. It was Madrid’s response to a letter from Catalan president Carles Puigdemont earlier Thursday, threatening to explicitly declare independence from Spain if no talks were offered by the federal government to negotiate greater autonomy for the region. Puigdemont said in the letter that if Spain’s government continued to ‘impede dialogue and continues its repression,’ Catalonia’s parliament would proceed to hold a vote on declaring independence from Spain.” (10/19/17)


Spain: Regime threatens Catalonian autonomy as deadline to for genuflection to Madrid nears

Source: United Press International

“Spanish leaders said Wednesday they plan to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy — by invoking Article 155 of Spain’s Constitution — if the region’s leader misses a new deadline to clarify his intentions on whether to seek independence. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, speaking to the Spanish Congress on Wednesday, insisted that time was up for Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to clear up whether or not he’ll move forward with independence after a referendum vote favored it. … If the Catalan leader doesn’t comply, Madrid said it will impose Article 155 of Spain’s 1978 constitution, which allows the Madrid government to suspend autonomy, impose direct rule and call for new elections in a crisis.” (10/18/17)


Catalonia: New protests after Spanish invaders jail secessionist leaders

Source: US News & World Report

“Protesters were gathering for a fresh round of demonstrations in Barcelona Tuesday to demand the release of two leaders of Catalonia’s pro-independence movement who were jailed in a sedition probe. A Madrid judge on Monday provisionally jailed Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, the leaders of grassroots organizations Catalan National Assembly and Omnium Cultural. The judge ruled they were the orchestrators of massive demonstrations Sept. 20-21 in Barcelona that hindered a police operation against preparations for the Oct. 1 independence referendum. … ‘We urge the release of our political prisoners and call on Catalan authorities to revoke the suspension of the independence declaration and proclaim the Catalan republic,’ said Aina Delgado Morell, a representative of Universitats per la Republica, a pro-independence student organization.” (10/17/17)


Mario Vargas Llosa is the perfect poster boy for Spanish unionism

Source: Antiwar.com
by Thomas Harrington

“Among the many unionists to arrive in Barcelona from the other parts of the state on Sunday was the Nobel-Prize winning Peruvian-Spanish novelist, Mario Vargas Llosa, who stood before the crowd and issued yet another iteration of the critique of Basque and Catalan nationalism that he has been monotonously issuing over the past 25 years. The stock script goes something like this. Nationalism is a malign disease that appeals to our most primitive and basic instincts and that is akin, in many ways, to the worst and most oppressive forms of religion. It divides people and leads inexorably to violence. It therefore has no place in modern and developed society like Spain.” [editor’s note: Well, the “stock script” is certainly true as far as it goes … – TLK] (10/11/17)