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Accusations of Catalan Nationalists Circulating Fake Images as Podemos Shows Positive Alternative.

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Parlem, hablemos!

Some light is beginning to appear on the Catalan issue,

Podemos’ Alternative for Catalonia. TXEMA GUIJARRO.

Amidst an increasingly-polarized climate, international press coverage has tended to overlook the position of En Comú Podem, the political alliance which has won the last two general elections in Catalonia. This grouping comprising Ada Colau’s Catalonia En Comú and Unidos Podemos has tried to carve out a middle road in the current confrontation.

It recognizes last Sunday’s vote as a legitimate political mobilization but doesn’t view it as a valid referendum. It also defends Catalonia’s right to decide but favors a plurinational, federal Spain. In this respect Colau, who is Barcelona’s mayor, voted in solidarity with those facing police repression but left her ballot blank.

We, as somebody who wishes the peoples of Spain well, can only endorse the conclusion of this interview,

At times I feel we are at the edge of an abyss. But we have to see the crisis as an opportunity to demonstrate to the Spanish people that there are alternatives. We are not condemned to this collision between Madrid and Catalonia. A key reference for me is Barcelona mayor Ada Colau whose handling of the crisis has been exemplary. She represents the only real point of intersection in the region between those in favor of independence and those opposed—bringing them together around a discourse defending civil rights and democratic freedoms. So yes, there is a positive way out of this conflict but it really depends on us being able to govern, to start changing things in this country from the executive.

But the forces of division and hatred continue to operate.

After the Catalan referendum El Pais published this report,

Fake images from the Catalan referendum shared on social media.

Some photos and videos that were widely circulated via social networks and appeared in the media were not taken on October 1.

Today there are many more accusations of fake images, after the far-right British Daily Mail and Julian Assange circulated claims of widespread Falangist participation in anti-Independence marches.

Le Monde has just published a break down of some of these these falsehoods:

Drapeau franquiste, salut nazi : les images trompeuses de la manifestation contre l’indépendance en Catalogne.

Des images anciennes et des tweets manipulés ont circulé sur les réseaux sociaux pour discréditer les rassemblements de dimanche, selon les médias espagnols.

According to the Spanish media old images and manipulated tweets have circulated on social media in order to discredit Sunday’s marches.


The examples start with the use of photos taken in 2015, one taken in September this year, far from Sunday’s march, the use of a – real – image of people giving a Fascist/Franco salute, in a small group of around 30, to suggest a mass far-right presence, and the image spread by the far-right Mail, taken of a tiny band of extreme-right hooligans coming out of bar as if they were representative of the massive march. .

‘Fexists’ is Catalan  for Fascists. This is particularly obvious fakery since the demonstrations took place during the day while this is taken during the night, and it turns out to come from a pro-Franco march, not authorised by the police, which occurred in Madrid during September 2015.

A Spanish Tweet account tries to distinguish the real from the ‘bulo’ false (fake, hoax).


Written by Andrew Coates

October 9, 2017 at 4:53 pm

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  1. Societat Civil Catalana aims to build an anti-secessionist alternative to the secessionist Catalan National Assembly, though it has only a few thousand members. Its links to the far-right are well known. In its founding congress in 2014, invited guests included Santiago Abascal (VOX), a delegation of France’s National Front, a delegation representing the Francisco Franco National Foundation, and the neo-Nazi Social Republican Movement, the sister party of Greece’s Golden Dawn.



    October 9, 2017 at 8:19 pm

  2. Slightly off topic but it seems that Martin Smith has resurfaced as himself on http://www.dreamdeferred.org.uk writing about the FLA. Is he back on the SWP central committee and running UAF or whatever it’s called these days/

    Dave Roberts

    October 10, 2017 at 4:16 am

  3. Indeed, Pandora’s box has been opened:

    Miriam Tey, editora de ‘Todas putas’, cuñada de Moragas y rostro de Sociedad Civil Catalana
    La vicepresidenta de los convocantes de la manifestación de este domingo encargó y editó el libro ‘Todas putas’ -obra que hace apología de la violación- cuando dirigía el Instituto de la Mujer en el Gobierno de Aznar.


    Links with Front National and Franco supporters.

    “También estaban PxC, el partido xenófobo, o el Frente Nacional francés de Le Pen, que envió cinco dirigentes, con Robert Hernando, su secretario general, al frente. En las butacas del Teatre Victòria también había una delegación representando a la Fundación Nacional Francisco Franco (FNFF).”

    Complete with dodgy sexist tweets as well,


    I am not aware that the bit in the sentence in the previous blog heading, “Against Spanish Nationalism.” covers support for this lot, but no doubt some Catalan sovereigntists may call me a fascist too.

    Andrew Coates

    October 10, 2017 at 11:00 am

  4. George Galloway is very angry..


    October 10, 2017 at 11:47 am

  5. So Spain’s remaining Falangists are opposed to Catalonia’s secession and active in the movement against it? Well, of course they would be. So Catalan secessionists are making use of this fact in an attempt to damn the whole anti-secessionist movement by association? Well, of course they would. This is politics, after all.


    October 10, 2017 at 3:02 pm

  6. Indeed.

    All is clear now….

    Andrew Coates

    October 10, 2017 at 3:48 pm

  7. What is Galloway on about? Was he drunk?

    Dave Roberts

    October 10, 2017 at 8:53 pm

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