“Independent Catalonia? Over my dead body and those of many other soldiers”. It was with these words that on August 31, retired infantry lieutenant-colonel Francisco Alaman Castro referred to the possibility of an independent Catalonia. And he added: “We will not make it easy. Although the lion seems to be sleeping, they have no interest in provoking it too much, because it has already given enough proof of its ferocity over the centuries. These plebs are not up to much, if we know how to confront them”. Continue reading When will we see Tanks in Barcelona streets?
The CiU conservative leader had called elections to cash in on a tidal wave of sentiment for independence, as Madrid reneged on agreements and appeared set on milking Catalonia dry, along with racist and neo fascist insults.
However the electorate thought differently and CiU lost their majority, while the left republicans shot up. But pro independence parties have a huge majority and a pact was made, the left will have to vote for savage social cuts on top of a record recession, while the right will have to share power and give in to some important ERC demands.
The workers and social movements have been quick to decry the move as a ruse to defuse revolutionary actions due to the locally collapsing capitalist system.and oppose yet another State, this time in the hands of the corrupt Catalan business and political class.
Ecologists and Greens however celebrated the agreement to tax Nuclear Power, as well as a key measure to tax Carbon Dioxide emissions, which is a brilliant precedent in Europe.
Chances of persuading Madrid to allow the referendum however are nil, they have threatened to jail Catalan leaders who propose it. Continue reading Catalonia: Right and Left pact for a Republic