Spanish unionists lead their people through Barcelona

Last Saturday, 20 January, Albert Rivera, leader of Ciudadanos, Inés Arrimadas, leader of Ciudadanos in Catalonia, and Xavier García Albiol, leader of the Partido Popular in Catalonia led a demonstration through the streets of Barcelona demanding pay parity for the Spanish National Police and Civil Guard with the Catalan police, the Mossos d’Esquadra. Fundación Jusapol organisations were represented. The trio looked like generals leading their troops through a conquered city.

Their decision to head this demonstration raises many questions:

Aren’t these the self-same police that meted out brutal beatings to voters in the 1 October referendum? In the circumstances, don’t you think many people in Catalonia might be offended by such a show of support? Or is that the intention; yet another display of contempt for the non-unionist majority?

And isn’t central government in Madrid responsible for the terms and conditions of Spanish police pay? Isn’t the protest directed at the governing political parties that you represent? Isn’t Mr Albiol a representative of the governing party, PP? And aren’t Mr Rivera and Ms Arrimadas top representatives of Ciudadanos, the party helping to prop up that government? Why demonstrate on the streets of Barcelona? Unless, of course, it’s yet another display of contempt; yet another provocation?

And wasn’t there going to be a trolling rally in favour of the independence of Bartardia, or whatever it’s called, on 20 January? Was that demonstration cancelled? Or were they combined: PP, Ciudadanos, the Tweety police and the Bartards, all together? After all, they seem to be the very same thing.

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