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It seems as though the Spanish government was seeking an excuse for a repressive crackdown, since the Catalonia independence referendum appears to have had less than 50% support prior to the government crackdown. Not surprising that the Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy’s political party was founded by Francoist-Fascists.
“Catalan separatists, labor unions, and cultural groups planned a general strike for 3 October 2017 following Catalonia’s referendum on independence two days earlier. The referendum, which was held in defiance of Spanish national court orders, was subject to violent crackdowns in which the Spanish military police attempted to prevent Catalans from voting, which injured over 900 people and led to separatist support for a general strike. Smaller unions had initially planned the strike in advance of the referendum, but the police violence led to widespread support, including that of the Catalan government, Spain’s two major labor unions, and pro-independence groups. At the time of the strike, Catalonia represented a fifth of the Spanish gross domestic product, comparable in size to the Chilean economy.
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators participated in the strike, including 700,000 in Barcelona, according to the city’s police. Farmers, dockworkers, and firefighters demonstrated. Spanish police and government sites were focal sites of protests in and out of Barcelona. Public transportation and port activity were suspended, university classes canceled, and businesses small and large closed. Some protesters wore the Catalan separatist flag.
Immediate effects of the strike included an emergency meeting called by the Spanish Ministry of the Interior, and a rare, hardline, televised address by Spanish King Felipe VI, in which he chastized Catalan separatists for sowing discord and did not mention the police violence. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont announced that the government would declare independence within a week….” As last edited on 4 October 2017, at 03:00, Read more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catalan_general_strike https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
According to the Catalan Minister of Labor, Social Affairs and Families, Dolores Bassa, the massive participation in the general strike demonstrates the dignity and social consensus of Catalonia. For the majority of participants it was clearly a protest against the violence exerted by the security forces of the Spanish State during the October 1st referendum.
“There is a massive participation throughout the territory. This general strike is an example of the social consensus of the country with agreement between business and workers,” said the Minister.
Participation in the health sector, for example, was 75%, public universities suspended their activity, there was no normal activity in schools, public transport was stopped or followed a minimal service schedule, Mercabarna also stopped its activity, the majority of small businesses participated and electricity demand fell by 11.5% and was more typical of a weekend than of a business day. The ports all operated with minimum services and participation by offices dependent on the Department of Justice was 76%.
Bassa, at the hearing, insisted that protests must remain peaceful and on the importance of not falling victim to provocations. See 10-03-2017 15.10 press release here: http://premsa.gencat.cat/pres_fsvp/AppJava/notapremsavw/303491/ca/dolors-bassa-el-seguiment-massiu-de-laturada-general-es-un-exemple-dignitat-concertacio-social-pais.do “In accordance with article 17.1 of the Catalan Law 19/2014, the © Government of Catalonia permits the reuse of content and data provided that the source and the date of updating are cited and that the information is not distorted (article 8 of Catalan Law 37/2007) and does not conflict with a specific license“, http://web.gencat.cat/en/inici/index.html
“Spain’s King condemns Catalan leaders as thousands take to streets Posted:Tue, 03 Oct 2017 21:39:28 -0400 BARCELONA (Reuters) – Spain’s King Felipe VI on Tuesday accused Catalan secessionist leaders of shattering democratic principles and dividing Catalan society, as thousands took to the streets to protest against a violent police crackdown against the banned independence referendum held on Sunday“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/W7CfZjSzVi4/spains-king-condemns-catalan-leaders-as-thousands-take-to-streets-idUSKCN1C80UK
Image of shutdown of Catalan referendum web site. Note crown, fasces (similar to fascist flag) and sword. Doesn’t that say it all? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascist_symbolism
This king’s father was appointed heir by Franco. However, the king’s father did initiate a democratic transition: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francoist_Spain
“Photo Description: Catalan general strike of October 3, 2017 against police brutality. Protesters walking along Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona city, by Ernest CS
Emphasis our own throughout.