Why We Should Support Catalonia Independence

Catalonia declared independence from Spain this week and the greedy, corrupt government does not like it at all.  The people of Catalonia are fed up with anti-democratic, fascist Spanish state.  They are tired of oppression and being dealt with as underclass citizens.  The only problem is that Spain has the strength of arms and the brutal mindset to overthrow their independence even though the Catalan people are willing to give their lives for independence._98381503_mediaitem98381502.jpg

Catalonia contributes 22% of Spain’s taxes. Spain is already in economic trouble and the loss of 22% of their revenue would hurt them greatly.  Money is the root of their brutal fight against the Catalan independence. It seems cash flow is at the root of all the world’s problems anymore but more so for these peaceful Catalans.

By standing up for the self-determination of these wonderful people, many supporters have found themselves being attacked as Russian disinformation agents and names that are much worse by the people of Spain.  I am one of them but I am proud to stand up for people who are willing to put their own lives down to fight against oppression. Standing up for what is right is not always easy.

Unfortunately, many governments are not supporting Catalonia in it’s endeavor. The few that have, like Scotland, are few and far between.  The Spanish PM has announced it will remove from office the Catalan government, dissolve the Catalan parliament and hold re-elections on Dec 21st in reaction to the declaration of independence. It also has decided to seize all public media and telecommunications in an act of cruel, unjust control.images (1).jpg

Julian Assange has warned, ” Spanish big media have now taken EU, U.S., etc endorsements and are broadcasting them in montages creating a sense of impunity for the arrests and violence to come.” 

The United States needs to get behind the Catalan people for one reason. We are supposed to stand for democracy and a free world.  In 1776, we declared independence from Briain for much the same reasons.  Constantly our government invades other countries in the name of supposed freedom and democracy, only to cause chaos and unwanted violence. It is time we do something right for a change.

Please write Congress and the President in support of the people of Catalonia.catalonia_calella.jpg

 

 

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Spain and Catalonia: A History of Oppression

Recently I interviewed a lady from Catalonia who I will keep anonymous originally from Catalonia. I would like to share the interview and what she had to say.  We will call her Cat.

Angel:

Why does Catalonia want independence?

Cat:

I don’t want to bore you with too many historical details, but it is important to see that Catalonia has always had a unique culture and its dreams of independence from Spain keep recurring throughout its history. Up to now, they have always been squelched by military force.

In the centuries before Spain’s unification under Ferdinand and Isabella, most of Spain was under Muslim domain. However, the Frankish kingdom took over large parts of what is now Catalonia (Barcelona in 810) and this territory was a buffer zone between Christian and Muslims known as Marca Hispanica. Early on, Catalonia’s reality was different from that of the rest of the Iberian peninsula (Spain did not exist yet).

At some point, the count of Barcelona (lord of most of Catalan territories) married the princess of Aragon, and the two territories merged under one sovereign. This was a partnership of equals. Catalonia was allowed great autonomy in political, economic and cultural areas. In fact, at this time, the Catalan Corts were established, one of the first parliaments in all of Europe. It was a successful union between two territories that respected each other’s identity.

With the marriage of Isabella (queen of Castile) and Ferdinand (King of Aragon) the two kingdoms united and included what was today most of Spain (except small territories in the north and of course, Al-Andalus, the Muslim territory in the South). Both kingdoms were ruled independently of each other, in fact Catalonia didn’t benefit from the bounty of the Spanish colonization of America, because this was a monopoly of the Kingdom of Castile.

It is important to realize that as long as Catalonia’s culture and autonomy was respected, Catalonia was a willing partner in this union. Everything changed with the coming of the current monarchy to power (the Borbones). The relationship with this monarchy has always been tense, for example the Reapers War between Catalonia and Spain (the anthem of Catalonia “Els Segadors” commemorates it) happened under Felipe IV. However, the first king to try to culturally unify all of Spain by imposing the Spanish language on all the territory and retailing their local privileges was Felipe V, which is ironic because the current king, Felipe VI, clearly showed in his very short speech after the police beatings that he wants to follow his namesake’s strategy. An aside – all he did was scold the Catalan government, praised the police actions as “proportional” and did not say one word of comfort to the almost 900 people that were hurt by such brutal attacks. This is unforgivable – a king is supposed to be a representative and a mediator between all of his people, but in this case, he took political sides.

Fast forward to the 1900s, Catalonia has lived with more or less autonomy within Spain, depending on the government in power. Then in 1939, the fascist general Francisco Franco won the Spanish Civil war that started with his own coup-d’état. He brutally repressed all that opposed him, and Catalonia was the last region that stood up to him. His systematic repression of everything Catalan was so successful that several generations (those born in 1930s to early 1960s) can’t comfortably write Catalan because they were never taught to do so. I was born in 1969 and feel much more comfortable writing in Spanish than Catalan.

So, this is not a new issue. But how did we get to the point that we are now and why are we again loudly asking for independence? (this desire is always there, but more or less latent depending on the circumstances). It basically has to do with the arrival to power of the Popular Party (PP), a conservative party whose founders had Franco connections. (An aside: Catalans have nothing against conservatism- Puigdemont party is the Catalan conservative option). After several years in power under President Aznar, the opposition party (left wing PSOE) started gaining seats in the Spanish Parliament. The current president, Mariano Rajoy, opted for promoting hate against Catalonia as a strategy to remain in power. He chased popular support by promoting the elimination of some articles in the Catalan Estatut (Catalan constitution) and increased the dislike towards Catalonia in Spain. In fact in 2010, the Constitutional Court of Spain, headed by a PP supporter, chopped some additional sections of the Catalan law which had been previously approved by the Spanish parliament. Interestingly, some regions (the Basque country) were allowed to keep similar sections, so this move by the court was directed exclusively towards diminishing Catalonia’s autonomy. At this point, 2010, is when the independence movement (remember always more or less latent) started gaining momentum again. The Catalan government has repeatedly requested meeting with Rajoy to readdress this inequality. Rajoy has repeatedly ignored them– he’s known for his “do-nothing policy”. His continued opposition to Catalonia has gained him the support of the most extreme of right-wing activists, fascists, which is why so many Nazi salutes have been seen in the demonstrations for the pro-unity side. Don’t be fooled – they want unity with a subjugated Catalonia, not with an equal partner. Ironically, most Catalans would have been happy to stay within Spain in a more federalist type of relationship; but the inflexibility of the government and the complicity of the court system have only left an alternative: independence. Rajoy created this mess and he’s accountable for it.

Angel:

Do you think Spain will squash this with violence?

Cat:

I think their actions on October 1st, show they are more than willing to do so. Historically, they have always acted with violence. But fortunately we live in a world of instant news, and given the reaction to the violence everyone saw, I think Spain will have to be more careful on how to apply its force. So far they are directing their repression to targeted Catalan leaders, threatening them with prison. The problem will be if they physically try to arrest them, and run into large amounts of people trying to protect their leaders. Next week should be very interesting.

Angel:

Has Spain always dealt with people like this?

Cat:

No – in my first answer it is clear that Catalonia has been a willing partner when the other side has recognized its identity and has allowed a certain level of self-rule. However, authoritarian figures, be it kings or certain political parties, have traditionally opted for inciting hatred towards Catalonia, usually to hide other problems and gain support. The current PP government has more cases of corruption than any other government since the advent of democracy in 1976. If people focus their attention on the “Catalan problem”, less attention is being focused on the government’s corruption and inefficiency. To finish I’d like to add that in my personal opinion, the Catalan independence issue will never go away. Catalonia is a nation (a group of people who share a common culture), a country (a nation with well defined borders) and a state (a ruling body, the Generalitat). Catalonia is a nation state that has all the prerequisites to be an independent one, and as long as another state (Spain) tries to suppress its identity, the Catalan nation will rise in protest again and again. The only solutions are a federal union or outright independence. The former requires two willing participants, the latter doesn’t. We are being forced to opt for the second.the-history-of-catalonia-2-638.jpg

In discussing this issue with other Catalan people, the issues they face now are the leftovers of the Franco regime and the Spanish government’s hatred of Catalonia.  Catalonia has a different language and culture than Spain which in itself makes it a different country.  Also, 20% of Spain’s tax revenues come from the Catalan people.  The spanish government would suffer greatly from these revenues being removed and they are already in an economic recession.  Spain is on the verge of becoming a third world country due to its policies.main-qimg-677205fe502e568d055d06d8fbc77d9c.png03-catalonia1.jpg

Here is yet another Catalan sharing some of the history of Spain:

In Castile, since then, the king commanded and the subjects were forced to obey him. You just have to remember the well known: “The King is the law.” In Catalonia, the king was supervised by the Cortes and the president of the Generalitat directed the policy. Catalonia already had a flag in 1050 while Spain did not implement it until 1785. The first Catalan legislative parliaments ran from 1192, while Spain was in 1834. The Catalan Constitution was approved in 1283 while the one in Spain in 1812. The presidency of the Generalitat was instituted in 1359.

The current strategy of the Spanish government might as well come directly from Hitler himself and the Nazis. The police’s brutality was much like the physical force used by the Nazi brownshirts previous to the Hitler regime. Though Spain claims to be a democracy, Rajoy rules with an iron fist and declared the Catalan referendum illegal. However, under a true democracy, the right of the people to voice their opinion through casting a ballot would not be illegal.

Many claim that only 40% of Catalans want independence. If this were the case, a referendum allowing this choice would have been an intelligent option by Spain because the vote would not have passed.  By deploying police, Rajoy used a Third Reich technique to instill fear into the people of Catalonia. However, this did not work on them as their desire to choose was much greater than their fear of the  Cuerpo Nacional de Policía who dressed in riot gear attacked women and the elderly in force.

Another quote from a friend from Catalonia goes as follows:

Prior to events on the 1st, academics, lawyers, MPs, and Lords were already contacting the Spanish authorities to express disgust at the denial of civil liberties in Catalonia. Arresting officials, raiding ministries, taking away IT equipment, closing websites, making threats, running a negative propaganda machine about the 15 000 strong state-sponsored occupying thug force. “

The behavior of the authorities in Spain has shown the totalitarian nature of the governing body and must be dealt with by the EU and the world.  Recently, the regime has ordered arrest warrants for sedition for the Catalan governing body, including the President, Vice President and mayors of cities in Catalonia.  This is also a tactic of the Third Reich, hoping to instill fear in the masses.

The people of Catalonia only wish to get away from the barbaric practices of the leftover Franco reign of power. Another quote from a person born in Catalonia:

“Unlike Catalonia, which is very focused on what it wants, namely to get away from these nutcases who don’t seem to be able to do anything of substance, except attack the elderly, children, doctors, fireman, Catalan policeman, anyone they like as there is no command or control. Spain is rapidly turning in to a failed state with street gangs trying to create trouble. Catalans are not interested in this poor behavior, it does not scare them in any form whatsoever. 
It is actually having a reverse effect galvanizing the Catalans and their many foreign supporters based in and out of the country while putting a massive dent in Madrid finances. It is quite disastrous for Spain’s already fragile economy. 
Meanwhile, the Catalans are getting on with their move to independence to create a wealthy and socially sound state where there are opportunities for all, not just a few greedy people right at the top. The people running Catalonia are not left-wing radicals, in fact, the current President of the Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont had his own business for many years. Similarly, I am not a left-wing radical, I control funds of around ten billion euros and have worked with many of the world’s best-known companies, financial institutions, and governments.”
In conclusion, the people of Catalonia have the self-determination and the resources to become a country and the EU and other world powers must see this and back them against Spain.  The world needs to see what is going on and see the atrocities committed against this peaceful people and stand up for human rights. We as individuals must bring the heinous behavior of the Spanish government and Rajoy to the rest of the world.  As they say, “Knowledge is Power” and “The Pen is Mightier than the Sword.”

 

More Pictures of Spain’s Violence Towards The Catalan Voters

Please keep in mind, these people were not protesting or rioting, they were simply trying to vote democratically.  They were not looking for violence. The government of Spain sent their police force to keep them from voting. Dressed in safe riot gear, they attacked men, women and the elderly in a brutal, unbelievable use of force. Please support the people of Catalonia and let the world know!

Por favor, tenga en cuenta que estas personas no protestaban ni se amotinaban, simplemente intentaban votar democráticamente. No estaban buscando violencia. El gobierno de España envió su fuerza policial para evitar que votaran. Vestidas con equipo antidisturbios seguro, atacaron a hombres, mujeres y ancianos con un uso brutal e increíble de la fuerza. ¡Apóyen a la gente de Cataluña y dejen que el mundo sepa!

What kind of cruel bastard would violently attack women and the elderly dressed in riot gear?

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Imagine if you were not allowed to vote in your own country. Spain’s brutality must be exposed.

The Disgusting Violent Acts of Spain Against the Peaceful People of Catalonia

When Catalonia cried for freedom from the oppressive government of Spain, Spain reacted as any totalitarian government would react, they attempted to stop them.  Catalonia called for a referendum which was voted on October 1st of this year but not without attempts by the government to stop it.  The Spanish government tried to shut down polling places, censor their internet, shut down internet sites regarding the vote, sent it police to literally beat them down and other suppression techniques.  This did not stop the Catalan people who want to be free!59d16090fc7e936d118b4567.jpg

Yesterday, the President of Catalan signed a declaration of independence only to put off it’s effect to try and talk with Spain.  The Spanish government reacted with more disciplinary actions by arresting the Catalan police chiefs and putting out warrants for the mayor of Barcelona. They also have now stationed Spanish war boats in the harbors of Catalonia.  Where is the outrage from the EU or any European government? What about the US?DLQ_vyaWsAAAlvx.jpgDLRj1YLWsAAAGOT.jpg3h3YDS8X.jpg

This is a disgusting display of a totalitarian government that wishes to use it’s sheer will to stop these peaceful people from declaring a much needed independence.  Spain has also attempted to stop news from getting out about their atrocities.  Their police have beaten women and the elderly while dressed in riot gear and over 800 people were injured on October 1st just for wanting to vote. Threats to the President and the people have ensued. DLhn7_-X0AA1WZU.jpg

I find this completely disgusting and unethical. It takes a brutal, cruel heartless bastard to hurt women and the elderly while dressed in riot gear.  What kind of police are these men to commit violence against innocent people who simply want to vote?  It hurts my heart and makes me wonder what is to come for the wonderful, peaceful people of Catalonia.  May God bless their endeavor and help them to succeed!

Please, please if you are from elsewhere look into this and tell others so that the world know.  The pain and agony of this people must be known worldwide. The hatred shown by this supposed democratic government must be exposed. The lies of the Spanish government must be brought to light before they completely squash this people with their violence.DLH6Z4sXUAENlSk

Self Determination and Catalonia’s Referendum For Freedom

Self determination is defined in the Webster’s dictionary when referring to one’s own country as:

the process by which a country determines its own statehood and forms its own allegiances and government.

But there is more to it than just the definition. In the case of Catalonia, it involves millions of people casting a vote against Spain’s oppression and their desire to suppress their vote as a people.  The Catalan people voted on Sunday for independence but not without interference by the Spanish government. 15000 police were sent in to stop the voting process and attempt to cast fear into the people by sheer dominance. The people still cast their vote, even though 700,000 ballots were stolen by Spain.1mMyl5ht.jpg

Their rights have been violated as over 800 people were injured in this event by the police force.  It doesn’t seem that European governments care about the injustices committed either.  Many are choosing to ignore the intimidation and physical force used against the Catalan people. Spain’s ministry of Interior intends to leave over 12,000 of its police force in Catalonia until October 11th, even though the election is done and over with.  MSM in the US is not even covering this historic event.

Though the vote has went through and succeeded in declaring independence from Spain, their is a feeling of political fear as Spain prepares to prepare to challenge their right to independence.  The brutality of the Spanish state has become clear and their democracy is a joke as they continue to try to use force in maintaining their control.  This is a travesty.

The cost of freedom is never free but governing people with an iron fist and by oppressing their rights as human beings will always result in revolt against the power that torments them.  The human mind will eventually cry for freedom to think and speak out.  Containing a person without those freedoms will always result in revolution eventually.  No one likes tyranny or being forced into submission.DLNpY2gX0AAQhYo.jpg

Everyone is entitled to certain basic human rights as an individual, though top administrations will argue against that. Under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights ( http://hrlibrary.umn.edu/edumat/hreduseries/hereandnow/Part-5/8_udhr-abbr.htm ), here are some basics:

  1. Right to Life, Liberty, Security
  2. Right to equality
  3. Right to asylum in other countries
  4. Freedom from discrimination
  5. Freedom from slaver
  6. Freedom from torture and/or degrading treatment
  7. Right to peacefully assemble
  8. Right to Equality before the Law
  9. Freedom from Arbitrary Arrest and Exile
  10. RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN GOVERNMENT AND FREE ELECTIONS

Number Ten is where Spain has violated the basic human rights of each individual in Catalonia. They tried to prevent the individuals in Catalonia from exercising their rights to a free election through violence, seizure of ballots and censoring their internet access to certain sites.  This is not only illegal but a complete violation in every sense of the word.DLNivq4WAAAEOeD.jpg

If Europe does not stand against this brutal, disgusting event, they are not only wrong but tyrannical themselves.  There seems to be a certain hypocrisy within the leaders of various governments across the world today.  It seems that many heads of governments support the will of their monetary supporters more than that of the people.  They stand up for non-citizens and allow their own to be subjagated to the worst of crimes and yet will discriminate against their own people.  There is an air of corruption and evil among government officials that cannot be denied any longer.DLH6Z4sXUAENlSk.jpg

Please educate yourself on Catalonia and it’s people and what is going on as the MSM refuses to cover this atrocity.  It is only a matter of time if this is allowed before our own human rights are violated.

A Letter Regarding Julian Assange to Malcolm Turnbull

Dear Sir:

I am writing to you in regards to a hero from your country that is being inhumanely detained by the UK government, Julian Assange.  He is a citizen of Australia as I am sure you fully know and is completely innocent as a publisher and journalist. His love for human rights, truth and justice has unfairly kept him hostage in the Ecuadorian Embassy in Knightsbridge, London for over 5 years and he has been detained without charge for almost 7.  It is cruel and unusual punishment to keep him from having sunlight this long as well as no proper medical care.

This is a citizen of your country and you should be outraged by the treatment he is receiving.  A true Prime Minister who stands for his country also stands up for it’s citizens and fights to keep them from having their human rights infringed upon.  This man has done nothing but fight for truth and justice and for people’s rights.  He has published documents given to him willingly by whistleblowers who saw corruption in their own governments.

The UN has ruled twice that his detainment is illegal and a violation of his human rights and the UK has done nothing but continue to detain him.  You also stand by as this man’s health slowly deteriorates by his detainment.  Do you understand what isolation does to a person?  The health risks?

Many supporters are outraged by this violation against him and feel he is a hero and should receive awards for the work he does.  Instead of awards, he is stuck in a room the size of most people’s living rooms as his quarters and never gets to feel the warm sun or exercise properly as even prisoners do.  Prisoners get an hour outside a day!

This is an outrage and an atrocity. I ask as a supporter of Assange, who is my hero, that you fight for his freedom as a compassionate Prime Minister and call on the British government to allow him safe passage to Ecuador if not home to Australia.  I also ask you stand up to the US government and tell them you are outraged by their targeting of a Australian citizen.

Thank you

The Evil Today..

With over 50 deaths and over 500 injured, how can anyone say with good conscience that it is okay because it was mostly Conservative Trump voters who got shot?  Where is the compassion? The sympathy? The unity?  The US today is divided with hatred that is no longer just a political matter but a spiritual one on the highest level.  Wishing evil on someone or celebrating the death of people based on religious or political affiliation is wrong regardless of what you believe!

It’s not just one sided hatred either. I hear it from both sides.  People calling people names and wishing ill on one another just because they don’t agree with them.  There is political divide, racial divide and hatred brewing on every street corner.  This is not good at all.  Hatred breeds violence, blood shed and death.  It eats you up inside and leaves you with nothing. This has to end!

Is this really what the generation of Make Love Not War bred or is it the generation of the 80’s, 90’s?  What we do is a reflection of who we are.  Stop fighting amongst yourself and unite against evil! Unite against the Deep State and corruption and crime.  Why is that so difficult?