In the aftermath of the now-infamous (banned and deemed illegal by Spanish authorities) Catalan Referendum, which saw 43% of the people participating and voting overwhelmingly for Catalonia’s independence, following a vote in the Catalan parliament, Catalonia has declared its independence on Friday:
“We constitute the Catalan Republic as an independent and sovereign country, under the rule of law”.
“With humility, firmness, courage and courage, we start a historical path! We win the freedom!”
The Spanish authorities reaction was swift and tough:
Pido tranquilidad a todos los españoles. El Estado de Derecho restaurará la legalidad en Cataluña. MR
— Mariano Rajoy Brey (@marianorajoy) October 27, 2017
Following the rebellious and illegal vote for independence in Catalonia’s parliament, the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy used his Constitutional powers and dissolved the Catalan parliament on Friday. As reported by the Financial Times, Spain’s Prime Minister has said:
“The Catalan parliament has approved something that in the opinion of the great majority of people doesn’t just go against the law, but is a criminal act. It supposes declaring something that is not possible.The rule of law will restore legality in Catalonia,”
After Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy dissolved the Catalan parliament and called for a snap election as early of December 21st, whilst imposing Spain’s direct rule in Catalonia, tensions flared in Barcelona on Friday night, as fights ensued between Catalans celebrating their “independence day” in the streets and pro Spanish groups.
Madrid seizing power from Catalonia makes for Spain’s 1st curtailment of regional autonomy since Francisco Franco’s days. The European Union fully supported Spain’s attempts to shut down the illegal referendum for independence and also backs the hard-line approach on Madrid’s part, i.e. the throwing of Catalan regional leaders out of office while imposing direct rule on the province.
Catalonia’s president Carles Puigdemont may face rebellion charges, together with his government, a crime punishable by up to 30 years in prison under Spanish law.
The thing is, the Catalan people voted. Democratically elected parliament ratified it. People exercising their right to self-determination is not a dark day for democracy, as Eurocrats put it (remember Kosovo)
I see nothing wrong with Catalonia wanting to be a free republic. However, it’s worth mentioning that Catalonia’s independence is basically a leftist movement designed to create a socialist nation. The Catalan “leadership” are far-left radicals in line with George Soros/ Angela Merkel/open borders/globalism and the whole nine yards. Madrid is actually far more traditionally conservative and classically European than Catalonia.
Technically speaking, it was against the law when we declared independence and kicked out the British and King George in 1776. Legalism should never prevent the democratic will of a people. Liberty from tyrants has to be protected by the barrel of a gun. History has clearly shown this to be true. Our American revolution of 1776 was a great example of this truth. The big question next is… are the Catalan people really prepared to take their freedom from Spain? I suspect not.
My prediction is that it’s all a pretty “Dog & Pony” show and not much else. Carles Puigdemont will soon be arrested and thrown in jail for a long time for treason. Anger has been vented but I doubt anything significant will be accomplished here and now.
First, most Catalans do not support independence (only 43% voted in the illegal referendum).
Second, the government of Catalonia is dominated by extreme left-wingers.
Third, Spain recently elected its first conservative government in decades.
What we have here is a temper-tantrum being thrown by a bunch of immature left-wing idiots in government because they are losing power.