It Gets Ugly in Catalonia

Spain’s “ships of repression” are coming to help out.

Madrid’s crackdown on Catalonia is already having one major consequence, presumably unintended: many Catalans who were until recently staunchly opposed to the idea of national independence are now reconsidering their options.

A case in point: At last night’s demonstration, spread across multiple locations in Barcelona, were two friends of mine, one who is fanatically apolitical and the other who is a strong Catalan nationalist but who believes that independence would be a political and financial disaster for the region. It was their first ever political demonstration. If there is a vote on Oct-1, they will probably vote to secede.

The middle ground they and hundreds of thousands of others once occupied was obliterated yesterday when a judge in Madrid ordered Spain’s militarized police force, the Civil Guard, to round up over a dozen Catalan politicians in dawn raids. Many of them now face crushing daily fines of up to €12,000.

The Civil Guard also staged raids on key administrative buildings in Barcelona. The sight of balaclava-clad officers of the Civil Guard, one of the most potent symbols of the not-yet forgotten Franco dictatorship, crossing the threshold of the seats of Catalonia’s (very limited) power and arresting local politicians, was too much for the local population to bear

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One thought on “It Gets Ugly in Catalonia

  1. “…crossing the threshold of the seats of Catalonia’s (very limited) power…”

    For decades the Region of Catalunya has had control of the Public Education System and of the many Public Mass Media, using tax money from all spanish taxpayers to indoctrinate generations of inhabitants of Catalunya.

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