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(en) anarkismo.net: The independence of hallucinations by Salvador * (gr) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 28 Nov 2017 06:28:53 +0200


Why does Catalonia want to be independent? ---- ... the creation of new nation states with democratic, socialist, fascist or communist institutions does not solve existing problems. The self-determination and independence of the peoples is always welcomed as long as they come through socially liberating projects and promote themselves to the point of their eschatas. Stop people from becoming political aspirations, which only serve to tighten chains in the peoples' bodies. ---- Of course, it is necessary to fight, but not in the battles in which our enemies are calling us to join them ... (Tomás Ibáñez, Barcelona 11/10/2017) ---- The main reason, behind the national (language, identity, history) for which Catalonia wants its independence, is economic. For the same reasons, the Spanish state wants Catalonia under its sovereignty and will not consent to its independence. The economy of this relatively small region is stronger than many European Union states. It accounts for more than 1/5 of Spanish GDP, with a budget of 215.6 billion euros. Catalonia, despite its small size, owns 1/4 of all Spanish exports with revenues of 65.2 billion euros per year. Also, 1/4 of foreign investment in the Spanish state is made in the Catalan region, with revenues of 37 billion euros. In addition, it has three large ports and seven airports.

Catalonia's unilateral declaration of independence seems so far to be the pinnacle of the political movements of the Pouthemont government. But is it also essential or is it a move to preserve Puddhem's political tomato, which after the referendum was trapped? Let's get the facts from the day of the referendum:

The referendum

On October 1, many Catalans were called to vote despite the powerful police forces in Madrid, with a clear government directive to passively accept the force of the police forces to cause the international public to be dismayed and to turn the climate for them. It goes without saying that this has never happened. There was not even a state that politically supported the choice of the Catalan government to hold a referendum. Indeed, the European Union, as well as many European states (Germany, France, Cyprus) have given full support to Spanish Prime Minister Rahoy. The design of passivity has resulted in more than 800 people being injured by police attacks, without dropping a stone for their defense. The Catalans paid their faith in the government in this way.

The affair of independence, despite its dare, does not seem to have touched enough the Catalans, at least not as much as the government would like, and this is evidenced by the participation in the referendum, which reached only 43.03%, that is to say 2.286.217 millions out of the total of 5.3 registered. Can the Spanish state show a fiery iron to prevent it from happening, and this is an excuse for small attendance, but the sure thing is that whoever wanted to vote that day, in one way or another would find somewhere a free available polling station. So, 90.18% of Yes may seem overwhelming, but reality is completely different, since that big percentage is actually fake. This seems to be well known to the Catalan government of Pugetone.

The Declaration of Independence

On 27 October, the Catalan Parliament proclaimed the independence of Catalonia. In a total of 135 deputies, 70 voted in favor, 10 against and 2 white, while 53 Social Democrats, the People's Party and the Ciudadanos, who opposed independence, left before the vote. The fact of the withdrawal of the parties, which is almost half the number of Members, reflects the division over the issue of independence, which exists in the province of Catalonia. The division apart from the framework of the parliament also appears in society. The massive demonstrations of independence and those that are against it are almost a weekly phenomenon. On the sidelines of the 27 October celebration celebrations for the proclamation of independence, traditions of thousands of people opposing independence have evolved.

Squares may be celebrated, but according to some journalists, the runways of the Catalan Parliament were embarrassed. Bitter smiles. Independence may be declared but substantial independence requires recognition by several European states but also globally. This seems not to be the intent of any European state, which immediately after the proclamation of independence rushed to condemn the incident and to give support to Spanish Prime Minister Rahoy. All European powers have in their states small or big outbreaks that could, at some point in the future, demand autonomy. Also, by mouth, Juncker, states that it does not want to be composed of 95 Member States and that it does not need other failures. Perhaps the separatists predicted the very optimistic scenario of Kosovo, where after the unilateral declaration of its autonomy from Serbia, there was recognition from many states internationally. But the sizes and interests are different, another Spain, with several separatist tendencies within it, a member state of the EU and historically with an increased role in world sovereignty and another Serbia.

The enforcement measures of the Spanish state

So, shortly after the proclamation of Catalan independence, the Spanish state suspended the autonomy of Catalonia and held elections on 21 December. In addition, the head of the Catalan police was fired. While Pugeton, with many members of his government, is expected to be persecuted for a "rebellion" by the Spanish prosecutor's office. The Spanish State also implemented Article 155 which includes:

A) The demolition of the Catalan government and the full administration of Catalonia by the Spanish state. B) Controlling the 16,000 Catalan police officers who only obey the Catalan government. C) Control of all financial work, budget and tax policy. D) Full control of telecommunications and digital media. In this context, the Spanish state aims to change the flow of news that propagates independence. E) The House will now be under the full control of the Spanish State, which will check and assess whether the bills to be voted against are in control of Catalonia by Spain.

The festivities of the world and the deadlocks of politicians

The celebrations of the 1st of October, the day of the referendum, and those of the 27th October of Independence Day, which took place in the province of Catalonia and especially in Barcelona, should not be overlooked. Both were motivated, hollow and did not represent reality. In both, the people celebrated in the squares, but the rulers knew they were in a dead end. In the referendum, Yes's victory was presented as a triumph of 90.18%, but it was absurd that half and more Catalans did not go to the polls because they did not want independence and did not want to legitimize the process. Behind the festivals, the Pouthendon government knew that the seemingly large majority in essence was marginal and that it did not reach for such a serious matter.

At the celebrations of October 27 we have the same contrast. At this point, we can not help tempting to recall the Greek referendum, which had exactly the same characteristics and contradictions in the reactions of the world and the ruling ones. On the one hand, the hollow celebrations and, on the other, skepticism and planning for the next lie. The cheating of politics, as long as the world does not think freely, will have the same method, either in Spanish or in Greece!

The creation of a new nation state can offer nothing more liberal than a sterile transfer of the existing inequalities that, in any case, exist in the Spanish state. It is a shame that the crowd will crawl out of the polls in the squares, following political aspirations, without any liberating prospect. Poverty, unemployment, oppression and exploitation are some of the many unifying elements between the advocates of independence and those who favor the continuation of the union with the Spanish state. It is a pity that this world accepts to play, with his own consensus, political games on his back. To stand behind the ruler Rahoi or behind the apprentice magician Pugeton.

To forget his big daily problems, the great austerity of recent years, the cuts and the violent evacuation of thousands of bankrupt houses and their subsequent sale through auctions and to consent to those who ultimately are their enemy. Thus, the creation of new national states, with democratic, socialist, fascist or communist institutions, does not solve existing problems. The self-determination and independence of the peoples is always welcomed as long as they come through socially liberating projects and promote themselves to the point of their eschatas. Stop people from becoming political aspirations, which only serve to tighten chains in the peoples' bodies.

* Published on THE ROUTE OF FREEDOM, p. 176, November 2017

https://www.anarkismo.net/article/30685
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