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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

Flemish and Catalan Nationalists Rise Up.

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Lest Flanders Forget: 11 Julie!

Today is the Day of the Flemish Community – Belgium. That is,  De Feestdag van Vlaanderen. *

As a forward-looking nationality,

11 July is the National Day of the people of Flanders. On Flanders Day we mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Golden Spurs in 1302 when an army of Flemish townspeople set to the flight the knights of the king of France.

The battle takes its name from the hundreds of knights’ spurs that lay on the battlefield, the Groeningekouter, outside Kortrijk afterwards.

The victory was an important one as it prevented Flanders from being incorporated into the kingdom of France and allowed it to continue to develop as a separate entity.

In his 11 July address the Flemish Premier is expected to speak of the need to press through state reforms and realise a Copernican Revolution under which powers are transferred from the federal state to the regions and gravity too moves from the federal government to the regional governments.

(More Here)

The Prime Minister of  the Flemish Region, Kris Peeters, speaks today.

In his 11 July address the Flemish Premier is expected to speak of the need to press through state reforms and realise a Copernican Revolution under which powers are transferred from the federal state to the regions and gravity too moves from the federal government to the regional governments. (More Here

In the French version this goes,

Cette révolution selon Peeters s’articule autour de 4 principes: un gouvernement fédéral qui vient en soutien de la politique flamande, une réforme profonde de l’Etat qui doit donner aux entités fédérées des compétences homogènes, un renforcement du lien avec Bruxelles et une collaboration durable entre toutes les entités.

To Peeters, this revolution will be elaborated around four principles. A federal government which helps Flemish policies and politics, a deep reform of the state, to make it have equitable responsibilities, a reinforced link with Brussels (that is, Flemish power over the capital’s administration, TC), and long-term co-operation between the different political institutions. (More Here)

Briefly, moves towards a confederal rather than a federal state.

Another nationalist movement is on the up. Yesterday around a million people demonstrated for the cause of Catalonia (Here).

According to El País  the street protest was at the Spanish Constitutional Council’s decision to refuse recognition of Catalonia as a full-blooded ‘nation’, and to block any attempt to make the Catalan language legally predominant  in the region.

Catalans have very good historical reasons to detest Spanish state centralism.

However, Catalan nationalism of a more recent vintage is hardly of the left – as the career of Pujol demonstrates.  It is of public notoriety that, like the Flemish, one of the reasons for a revival of their national feeling is the widespread veiw  that they (a rich region) are paying for the poorer ones – the Spanish ‘African’ south.

Many aspects of cultural autonomy, such as promoting people’s langauge rights, are fundamentally desirable. From the standpoint of equality and free expression they get a wide degree of support, and, for the left, are important . But political separation – fragmentation Europe into smaller and smaller states, run by a political cliques  that live off resentment at neighbours, is hardly the way forward for any kind of progressive.

If you want to see how right-wing bourgeois nationalism infects otherwise reasonabel people look at,  Jill Evans Plaid Cymru MEP’s Blog here.

* The Belgium Francophone national holiday on September the 23rd  commemorates the 1830 Uprising. The result was to throw the troops  of  the Dutch-headed Royalty out of the country, creating a separate state – Belgium. Which became a monarchy under strong British influence.  (Here and Here)

Written by Andrew Coates

July 11, 2010 at 11:58 am