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Nigel Farage: Catalonia Demonstrates EU Democratic Failure.

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Catalan officers stand in front of protesters as they gesture at Spanish police a day after the referendum.

Main unions’ statement, “CC OO and UGT are not calling the general strike for October 3,” said the country’s top two unions in a joint release. “Our organisations in Catalonia are encouraging participation in protests against the excesses committed on October 1. In no way are we going to support positions that provide backing for the unilateral declaration of independence”

“The regional government and Barcelona City Hall are allowing their employees to strike today without docking them the corresponding day’s pay, as would usually be the case for a stoppage.”

“All three production lines at the Seat carmaking plant in Martorell (Barcelona) are working at full speed. The factory has not been affected by the general strike and only a reduced number of employees have decided to stay home, said the works council.”

El Pais.

The  repression in Catalonia continues to have a wide international fall-out.

“Right-wing British politician Nigel Farage expressed support for the Catalan separatists’ cause inside the European Parliament, where he strongly criticized the Spanish government over the events of last Sunday. Esteban González Pons, leader of the Spanish delegation in the European People’s Party group, said that it is the far right that supports independence in Catalonia.”

In Catalonia we have seen how the EU does ‘democracy’. Why can’t Remainers see it too?



Written by Andrew Coates

October 3, 2017 at 10:23 am

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  1. Dear Andrew, you regularly and rightly criticize Mélenchon in France for being a nationalist… and you reproduce a tweet denouncing “antipatriots” from Pablo Iglesias !!!!!…. Socilaists have no fatherland. Mr Mélenchon and Mr Iglesias have each their own little fatherland, their national state, in common with their national capitalist class….
    To denounce the “antipatriotism” of the Right is an old trick of the nationalist stalinist or reformist Left…. In Spain like in France !


    October 3, 2017 at 2:36 pm

  2. True, but I endorsed Iglesia in the context of wishing some reason injected into the debate.

    What do you think of this incidentally?

    “here is of course, the matter of the origins of Catalan nationalism, a complex topic, but which comes from the “Renaixença” behind which was the idea of the ‘Volk’. In the 20th century the Lliga Regionalista, involved a large group with links with the Action française and far-right, “nationalisme intégral”., sharing a common nostalgia for the decentralised ‘regionalism’ which they claimed existed before the french Revolution and modern centralised states. There is of course a ‘left’ nationalism, but I also note that the so-called left wing Catalan Republican Left, the Esquerra Republicana stands for a Greater Catalonia, which will include parts of France and other areas of Spain, “the future Republic of Catalonia. Esquerra Republicana also defends the creation of a País Valencià state that would end up federating with the other territories in order to form a federal-type republic (Northern Catalonia in France, Valencia Region and Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera).” http://www.esquerra.cat/language/english

    Andrew Coates

    October 3, 2017 at 4:14 pm

  3. “International Election Expert Research Team” only seems to be a thing in the context of that article, and has no web presence whatsoever.

    Whatever the rights and wrongs of the referendum, I do wish this tactic of just throing together a random bunch of people and naming them “observers” in the hope that it would give some kind of surface level pretence of legitimacy would stop.

    The Russians did it in Crimea by hiring Belgian Nazi Luc Michel’s “Eurasian Observatory for Democracy and Elections” to ring around all his fashie mates (and a couple of tankies) to get them involved. No evidence that this is the case here, but some transparency certainly wouldn’t go amiss.


    October 3, 2017 at 4:43 pm

  4. Well the main independence front, the Assemblea Nacional Catalana, has dodgy practice in its spine,

    “At the beginning of 2013, the ANC began a Fiscal Sovereignty campaign so that private citizens, businesses, and local institutions could pay taxes en masse to the Catalan Tax Agency. From May to July, 2013, they organized a crowdfunding campaign at totSuma in order to offer support to all the interested parties.

    On June 1, 2013, the ANC began the “Sign a vote for independence” campaign, in which, through the right to petition, petitions were collected to ask the Catalan Parliament to exhaust all of the possible paths toward facilitating the celebration of a referendum for self-determination of Catalonia before May 31, 2014, and in the event that that attempt failed that the elected representatives of the people of Catalonia unilaterally declare the independence of Catalonia.”

    “The budget for 2015 was slightly over 5 million euros, from which 3.4 million were dedicated to various advertising campaigns.[19]

    Following the detection of 1.5 million euro in unsubstantiated income, in 2015 the ANC reached a deal with the tax authorities to pay 172,000 euros in pending VAT plus a 44,000 euros tax penalty.[20]

    In a separate piece, in November 2015 the ANC was found responsible of unauthorized use and deficient custody of personal data for its activities, resulting in a 240,000 euros sanction imposed by the Spanish agency responsible for data protection.”


    Even those who back this independence for rich areas to break away from poor ones admit that their politics are problematic.

    As this French group says, their premises is “« nous, catalans, devons nous unir car nous avons des intérêts communs » ”

    We Catalans must unite because as Catalans we have common interests.


    That is, independence first, back the alliance of the Catalan bourgeoisie, right-wing parties and the ‘left’, and once independent we can talk about economics and politics.

    Andrew Coates

    October 3, 2017 at 5:23 pm

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