The issue is the 40 year old Constitution. This was set up by trickery, of lawyers, on a trusting population. At the centre of that Constitution was the betrayal of the Stalinists led by Santiago Carrillo.
Everything today centres on this iniquitous Constitution. Article 155 states…
“1. If a Self-governing Community does not fulfil the obligations imposed upon it by the Constitution or other laws, or acts in a way that is seriously prejudicial to the general interest of Spain, the Government, after having lodged a complaint with the President of the Self-governing Community and failed to receive satisfaction therefore, may, following approval granted by the overall majority of the Senate, take all measures necessary to compel the Community to meet said obligations, or to protect the above mentioned general interest.
2. With a view to implementing the measures provided for in the foregoing paragraph, the Government may issue instructions to all the authorities of the Self-governing Communities.”
Behind this article is the armed force of the state. This is what is being put into place. They are ready to act. They were ready to act right after Puigdemont spoke and cleverly and understandably fought for some time. But the reality that the 1978 Constitution was not the end of Franco but the continuation of Franco rules all politics in Spain today. That is the realisation that has to be fought for, a concrete issue to place in front of all workers and youth, not general dogma supposedly “Marxist” being continually repeated like a mantra.
The forces operating now against the Catalans are the army fresh from places like Afghanistan, the national fully armed police drafted into Catelonia in huge numbers, the spies, the navy in the Port of Barcelona, the air force in which king Felipe was so close to, with help there also from the British Royals I bet, and do not forget two other forces ranged against the Catalans, one being the agents provocateur and the Media of Spain spinning the strokes of the agents provocateur, and we have to ask has there ever been a range of forces like this ranged before against a small and unarmed population, with peace in their hearts and pacifism as their only weapon. This makes the action of the British against the Dublin GPO Rebels of 1916 pale in comparison.
Brutal direct rule from Madrid of tiny Catalonia which surely brings to mind the 1916 Rebellion followed by the Black and Tans. Mariano Rajoy like the British Imperialists ordering the executions of the Dublin Rebels of 1916 has signed the warrants of the Catalonian fighters for independence (what a great crime to fight for the independence of your ancient land! (sarcasm)
And make no mistake about it Rajoy is leading from the front the new Spanish Black and Tans.
All these ruffians are hiding behind the totally iniquitous 1978 Constitution which was brought about by the subterfuge of rotten lawyers
At a very different time 40 years ago. When these lawyers played on the great relief felt among the Catalans and others that the old dictator who was like a plague on their ancient culture had departed the earthly scene.
Rajoy and the King are the resurgence of the old dictator in our 2017 world. Their weapon is that 1978 Constitution.
They were more far seeing than us. We must give them that. They knew what they were doing in 1978. Pretending that Francoism was gone the 1978 Constitution went to sleep for 40 years but emerges right now as the way back to Fascism.
Yes some can say that the Catalans did sign for that 1978 Constitution but they signed not knowing that this evil thing was going to be their future jailer. The chains to bind the Catalans to slavery. Surely if the Catalans had known that they were signing for the death of their nation they would never for a moment have even contemplated signing that odious document.
So this trickery on the part of their now obvious enemy has come back to attack the Catalan people.
it is obvious, very obvious, how the hatred is coming from one side, the side of Rajoy and the PP. The Catalans are filled with friendship. They did not wish to engage in savagery. As the hated Spanish black clad police gendarme struck their long black batons the brave Catalans raised ten fingers in the air and waved their fingers in the air. No guns in those fingers. No batons. Not even a stone. Just the youthful hopes of a youthful nation. Yes indeed the hatred is on one side only.
The decision of the Catalan leader to delay Independence of a couple of weeks to allow dialogue has had one very fruitful outcome. Such decisions are always debatable but this is not. The CUP were out of order absenting themselves at such a time! The forces behind Rajoy are shown to the whole world, and to us Irish and international workers, as being hateful people, hateful to the aspirations of the young Catalan nation. The other effect is that now there is no way back for Spain ever in Catalonia. That is finished forever thanks to Rajoy and his hateful answer to Puigdemont yesterday. Rajoy “pay your fine or end in jail in 5 days!” Just like the small time petty bourgeois that he is.
This is why true socialists must launch a campaign throughout the world to have class conscious workers and the whole of the true socialist movement stress true come to the aid of our dear brothers in plucky little Catalonia, just as the Irish Rebels of the GPO in Dublin 1916 were also plucky
What is important now is the concrete. Conscious focus on that evil 1978 Constitution. Carrillo was NOT a Communist, he was a Stalinist. Let everybody know and understand that.
The same Carrillo so central in that 1978 Constitution was also the man who had a big hand in recruiting for his evil Ramon Mercader who murdered Leon Trotsky in 1940 in Mexico.
The 1978 Constitution was the conning of a whole nation. Pretending to move on from Franco it was maintaining Franco. That is what has to be fought for in a concrete way not these odious generalities which add nothing to the defence of the Catalans, or anybody.