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Re: <nettime> Catalonia and mainstream opinion
Molly Hankwitz on Sat, 7 Oct 2017 18:09:10 +0200 (CEST)


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Re: <nettime> Catalonia and mainstream opinion


I have the opposite impression from reading news here in States. Spain made to look like overly brutal respressive regime. They had to apologize. Catalonian leader highlighted as setting "a global stage" for Catalonia - and Catalonian voters are seen as victims blocked from the right to vote...that said, aside from the focus upon police repression, it is difficult to gain perspective on what the Caralonians are trying to do, benefit of independent state, history, etc. 

Molly 

On Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 3:24 AM Patrice Riemens <patrice {AT} xs4all.nl> wrote:
Reading stuff in newspapers and others the last few days I am getting increasingly shocked -
and worried, about what appears to be mainstream (media & politics) opinion wrt the 'events'
in Catalonia.

It boils down to something like 'Catalonians are nationalistic fools, what they do is ramp illegal,
Spain's unity should be upheld and respected, Rajoy and state forces act fully inside the
constitution and legality' etc.

EU stands aside, while European leaders fall over each other to support the Rajoy regime -
with sole exception Belgium's Michel, who's probably got 'his ears cleaned out' (Dutch loc)
by now ...

The insane brutality of the Spanish police is papered over, just as is the political
steering of the 'independent' justice, but far worse, 3 centuries of oppression, culminating
in 40 years of ultra-Castillian Franquist oppression, which almost wipped out above ground
Catalan language and culture, and finds its thinly veiled admirators in Rajoy's Partido
Popular, are all completely forgotten.

And never mind millions of Catalans braving extreme odds to exercise what is the most
fundamental democratic right: to vote and be counted. But does the mainstream care for
democracy any longer?

With a mainstream like that, who needs extremists and terrorists for the descent into the
unknown? And if Madrid indeed pulls out the 'nuclear option', Article 155 of the Spanish
Constitution: total take over over Catalonia - and Madrid is on the verge of doing so, I´d
say: pack up for the beach - or Barcelona.

Cheers all the same from Christiania, bit of a weird place in this context.
p+2D!

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