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PostCatalonia Crisis: It's About Human Rights (Jordi Molins, Spain, 10/15/19 4:21 am)
Spain, as predicted for a long time on WAIS, is transitioning towards a totalitarian state, in analogy to Turkey.
Spain is the only Eurozone country supporting Turkey in the invasion of Syria:
The average jail time for the Francoists in the 23-F coup d'ètat was significantly lower than the corresponding one for the Catalan leaders in the 1-O (6 years vs 8.3 years).
A few of those Francoists enjoyed an amnesty, and a many of them received highly senior positions within the Spanish military a few years after their violent coup.
Pedro Cuevas, the neo-Nazi (and Spanish nationalist; all neo-Nazis in Spain are Spanish nationalists) that killed the Valencian Catalan independentist Guillem Agulló, spent four years in jail. In comparison, the Catalan politicians had spent two years in jail even before the Court ruling.
The Spanish government (under the Socialists) stated explicitly that Nazis are protected by the law against "hate crimes." Let me emphasize this again: the only example given by that law against "hate crimes" are the Nazis, no other human group. Should I add here a disclaimer stating that I do not hate Nazis, necessarily? Otherwise, I could be jailed for being too harsh against the poor Nazis, I assume.
VOX, the political party with clear and strong links to Francoism and neo-Nazism, appears normally on Spanish TV, even in humor programs devoted to presenting the invited person in the best possible form. VOX has been accepted in Spain as part of the "normal" political system, with no complaints by the "civil society."
Dolors Bassa, the former Catalan Minister of the Workers, appears incorrectly in the Court ruling as the Catalan Minister of Education (Clara Ponsatí, now in exile as a Professor at the University of St Andrews, was the Catalan Minister of Education during the 1-O). Dolors Bassa has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.
From the 493 pages of the Court ruling, only 2 pages are directly related to proving the sedition changes. Instead, 193 pages are used to prove the basic rights of the Catalan politicians were not breached. It seems clear the Spanish judges are protecting themselves in relation to future European charges against them.
The Spanish police have acted unnecessarily violently towards Catalan demonstrators, including (international) journalists, and people not representing any danger. Several methods used by the police are illegal in Spain (but no one seems to care):
The Catalan situation is not about independence anymore. It is about basic human rights, freedom and democracy (and fight against Francoism and neo-Nazism).
JE comments: One quickly grasps Jordi Molins's outrage. It does seem out of proportion to punish the Catalonians more harshly than the putschists who broke into Parliament with tricornios and machine guns.
Jordi, please keep us posted on developments as they unfold. Do you predict ever-increasing levels of protest? Finally, in Spain's approval of the Turkish offensive in Syria, do you see an analogy with what Madrid hopes to do to Catalonia? It's hard not to draw a parallel.