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PostCatalonian CDRs (Comites de Defensa de la Republica) (Jose Manuel de Prada, Spain, 12/08/18 3:41 am)
JE asked, "Are [Catalonia's] Comités/Comitès de Defensa de la República aware of their CDR counterparts in Cuba?"
Catalan nationalists, like nationalists everywhere, tend to be quite ignorant of any history not their own (which in any case they know only in a distorted form).
In any case, the CDRs are promoted by the CUP, a radical, anti-system party which is the main reason why things eventually reached this point, as the more mainstream nationalist parties (which are bourgeois and mostly conservative) needed their votes to proceed. This circumstance ended up placing the CUP, to all intents and purposes, in the wheel of the whole "process."
I think the approach of Puigdemont and his accomplices regarding the CDRs is the typical "they are sonofabitches, but they are our sonofabitches."
Not even after recent events do they realize that these guys are completely out of their control and are bound to cause serious harm if they are not checked.
A prominent member of the CUP is none other than Carles Sastre, a convicted murderer who in the 1980s was part of the terrorist group Terra Lliure.
In 1985 he was sentenced to 48 years in prison for the brutal murder of the businessman Josep Maria Bultó. Back then, Sastre and an accomplice attached a bomb to Bultó's body, which exploded, reducing him to shreds.
They did the same to a former Francoist mayor of Barcelona, J. Viola, but the judges considered that his part in that murder was not proven.
Unbelievably, Sastre was set free in 1996, having served only 11 years of his sentence.
He is now the leader of the trade union CSC, which organized the failed general strike of 8 November of 2017.
Knowing that most workers in the Greater Barcelona area would not go on strike, what the CDR thugs did was try to paralyze transport by train and road.
Maybe Sastre has heard about the Cuban Comités de Defensa de la Revolución.
If he has, he doesn't care a straw if the acronym is tainted or not.
JE comments: I hadn't heard of the CUP (Popular Unity Candidacy in English). Wikipedia doesn't give much information, but I see a couple of interesting takeaways: Although the CUP holds 10 seats in the Catalonian parliament, its membership is reported as a minuscule 1,927. Can this number be correct? Also, the CUP has designs on the entirety of the Catalan Countries (Països Catalans). This includes Roussillon in France and Alghero in Sardinia (Italy), as well as Andorra--and Valencia in Spain proper. This is not a way to gather support from neighboring countries. I hope WAISworld's voice for Catalan independence, Jordi Molins, will send his impressions of the CUP. (Jordi is next in the queue with a post on Catalonia's embassies.)