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The Spanish government had pretended that they would let Catalan President Puigdemont run for office in December, only to try to arrest him. Maybe they meant he could run from jail? Meanwhile, he had departed to Belgium, which had earlier offered asylum.
In his book “Ethics” theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, writing in Nazi Germany, made a point which may be paraphrased as it is better for a lover of truth to tell a lie than a liar to tell the truth; it is better to tell a lie than to be a lie. Having watched Trump for some time, everyone should better understand what he meant. The occasional truth from liars only serves to confuse people more. And, Bonhoeffer was obliged to lie to the Nazis and did not feel that it was ethically wrong. Thinking of Puigdemont’s tricking Spain, who had tried to trick him, made us laugh all over. We still haven’t had time to summarize the PP (ruling Spanish party)’s Guertel (Correa) affair, which might soon send PM Rajoy to jail. Certainly, many of his associates will go to jail. Rajoy’s PP party was founded by a Francoist-fascist. Franco was an essential ally to Nazi Germany, while feigning neutrality (like Switzerland).
Belgium’s apparent rescuing of Puigdemont from a modern-day Spanish Inquisition run by the PP-PM Rajoy was particularly enthralling for the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation. In that period, Frederick the Wise had to rescue Martin Luther from the Pope. The Catalan government follows in long-standing traditions of how the small and weak win against the large and powerful. Some apparently did go into their offices, others appear to have pretended to do so. How many left by the back door or fire escape, only to drive to France and fly to Belgium? In Belgium, they will probably form a government in exile. And, hopefully, it will be Prime Minister Rajoy who is in jail.
“Where is President Carles Puigdemont? Several media reports put him in Brussels, Belgium, where this weekend the Migration Secretary of State hinted that he could apply for political asylum. Today the Spanish General Prosecutor filled charged against him and his full cabinet for rebellion, sedition, and misuse of public funds. The members of the Parliament Bureau that allowed the vote on independence have also been charged. Rebellion carries prison sentences of up to 30 years…and two pro-independence leaders are already in prison, without bail. http://www.catalannews.com/news/item/30-oct-17-tv-news-catalan-government-ministers-in-brussels
President Puigdemont’s instagram which makes it look like he was in his office, but he apparently didn’t go in on Monday: https://www.instagram.com/p/Ba3MehjBMXv/?taken-by=carlespuigdemont
Other Catalan government officials apparently went in, based on the video footage. This from a government minister who could have sent an old picture, though he was apparently there for a little while: https://twitter.com/catalannews/status/925037554306600962
“Spanish prosecutor accuses sacked Catalan leader of rebellion
Posted:Mon, 30 Oct 2017 16:52:58 -0400
BARCELONA/MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s state prosecutor accused sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont of rebellion and sedition on Monday as the former regional president traveled to Belgium with other members of his ousted administration and hired a lawyer there.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/yEw_efD5jJk/spanish-prosecutor-accuses-sacked-catalan-leader-of-rebellion-idUSKBN1CZ0IP
500 years ago Martin Luther wrote his 95 Theses that got him in trouble with the Roman Catholic Church. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninety-five_Theses
He had to be rescued from the Pope’s grasp by Frederick the wise: “He protected Martin Luther from the Pope’s enforcement of the edict by faking a highway attack on Luther’s way back to Wittenberg, abducting and then hiding him at Wartburg Castle following the Diet of Worms.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_III,_Elector_of_Saxony
By President Puigdemont’s actions he might also have said “Here I Stand, I Can Do No Other. God Help Me.”
Following on the heels of the Reformation was the Counter-Reformation. The Spanish Inquisition ran from 1478-1834!
NB: They aren’t sure now if Luther really said the “Here I Stand”, but it is a good summary of his actions.