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“The European Union’s fundamental values are respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law. These values unite all the member states – no country that does not recognise these values can belong to the Union….” http://europarlamentti.info/en/values-and-objectives/values/
Catalon President Puigdemont tweet:
“Carles Puigdemont @KRLS Spain jails Catalonia’s civil society leaders for organising peaceful demonstrations. Sadly, we have political prisoners again 10:31 PM · Oct 16, 2017”
“Help Catalonia, Save Europe” new 3 1/2 minute video, which shows the shocking levels of Spanish police brutality in Catalonia:
secondary link – http://youtu.be/ZxvNRpg7FXs
Their statement and petition here: https://helpcatalonia.eu/help
“@PeterGrantMP First they came for the Catalan Independence supporters, but I didn’t support Catalan Independence so I said nothing,….” (16 October 2017 tweet)
“Catalan News @catalannews: Pro-independence organizations call citizens to protest against the imprisonment of their leaders “
It is alarming that the party of the current Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy was founded by Francoist-fascists and is acting that way. Spain should shut down all parties founded by Francoist-fascists.
Additionally, Rajoy’s party is under investigation for corruption. The crackdown may be a diversion.
In April 1 1939, the Spanish Civil War ended with Franco’s victory and Spain became a dictatorship, until the mid 1970s. A few days later, on April 3 1939, Adolf Hitler ordered the German military to start planning its attack on Poland, planned for August 25, 1939. On August 23 1939, Nazi Germany and Russia (USSR) signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact where they agreed to divide Poland between themselves and for the USSR to occupy the Baltic States, Finland and Bessarabia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_events_preceding_World_War_II#1939
As the Russian mafia is very active in Spain, and the independence of Catalonia would complicate their transit of illegal goods into the rest of Europe, as well as complicate access to Andorra, which may or may not have cleaned up its banking act, one can but suspect that Putin-Russian mafia are behind Spanish PM Rajoy’s crackdown. And, invasion of Poland and the rest of the Baltic region may be next.
Whether Catalonia leaves Spain, or not, is not the point. What is the point is the right of people to assemble peacefully and freedom of expression and to not be beaten up by police. If the referendum was illegal-not recognized as legitimate then the vote should come under free speech. Regardless, there can be no justification for such state-sanctioned violence.
If the basis of a nation-state is language and history, then Catalonia should have the right to be its own nation-state. Spain’s Prime Minister appears to understand the state as being an instrument of coercion, brutality and social control, as opposed to shared values, history and culture.
There needs to be a discussion about what constitutes a country. If it is no longer nation-state based on shared history, shared language and culture, then what is the basis? State sanctioned violence? Or what?
Why is tiny Andorra a country and Catalonia not? Why is Liechtenstein a country and one guy gets to decide who lives in his tiny country, but others have no right to decide who comes into their country even when they are overcrowded with high levels of unemployment?
“Two Catalan separatists in Spanish custody 16 October 2017 Europe
A Spanish judge has remanded two key members of the Catalan independence movement in jail. Jordi Sánchez, who heads the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), and Jordi Cuixart, leader of Omnium Cultural, are being held without bail while they are under investigation for sedition. https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-europe-41646142
Rajoy’s party is being investigated for corruption:
“Mariano Rajoy becomes first serving Spanish PM to testify in criminal case: Giving evidence in fraud and bribery case, Rajoy denies any knowledge of illegal funding racket within ruling People’s party” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/26/mariano-rajoy-becomes-first-serving-spanish-pm-to-testify-in-criminal-case
“Spanish High Court jails two Catalan separatist leaders pending investigation Posted:Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:19:20 -0400 MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) – Spain moved closer on Monday to imposing central rule over Catalonia to thwart its independence push as Madrid’s High Court signaled a hardening line by jailing the leaders of two of the largest separatist organizations.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/WDfN3d6ieXU/spanish-high-court-jails-two-catalan-separatist-leaders-pending-investigation-idUSKBN1CL0K9
Call for Democracy web site shut down end of September:
NOTICE THE EMBLEMS WHEN SPAIN SHUT DOWN THE WEB SITE – CROWN, SWORD, AND THE TRADITIONAL FASCIST SYMBOL OF FASCES. SHUTTING DOWN POLITICAL PARTIES WITH FASCIST ROOTS AND GETTING RID OF CROWN AND SWORD MIGHT HELP THE ENTIRE SITUATION IN SPAIN. AND, MAYBE CATALONIA WOULD DECIDE TO STAY IN SPAIN.
Last year under French PM Manuel Valls, who appears to have Francoist Spanish roots, there were violent police crackdowns in France:
French CGT Communications Branch Poster: Police Should Protect Citizens and Not Hit Them (Stop the Violence); Leader Arrested For Defamation of the Police
The communications branch of the French CGT union made the above poster saying that police should protect citizens and not hit them and “Stop the Violence”. The leader was arrested for defamation of the police. France has been criticized by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International for abuses during its State of Emergency. The French people didn’t taken this state of affairs lying down but were out in the streets protesting for months. See more here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/05/26/francos-on-the-march-in-france-80-years-after-the-fascist-rising-in-spain/