‘Over the past year, leaders have pushed hate, fought against rights, ignored crimes against humanity, and blithely let inequality and suffering spin out of control. This provoked mass protests, showing that while our challenges may never be greater, the will to fight back is just as strong.’
The recolonisation of Catalonia involves the persecution of an ideology and the suppression of a people and culture, all in Europe in 2018. In Catalonia, Spain’s dirty secret wars against its own population have morphed into an open assault on democracy, on an ideology and on an identity.
Albert Rivera might one day become the first Catalan president of Spain. As a Catalan, to pull it off he will have to repress Catalan nationalism more than any fellow Spanish nationalist. According to the latest polls, Rivera is doing well, and the media at home and abroad have generally swallowed the liberal centrist pitch.
The Spanish government and media want us to believe that fake news bankrolled from abroad, especially Russia, interfered in the Catalan election and at the same time would like us to ignore the massively expensive homegrown production of alternative facts, fake news, post truth, hysterical exaggeration and racist demonisation. You know: lies. Trump-style, they assert that any critical voice or opinion diverging from the Spanish government line are ‘fake news’.
For an international media organisation with the reputation of The Guardian to give credence to a right-wing trolling campaign while failing to report the real news is shocking. They are making light of an anti-democratic repression of human rights.
Talk has turned once more to the precise wording of the rebellion and sedition laws in Spain. Their application in the cases of jailed and exiled Catalan civil and political leaders is a stretch at best. Nowhere is this clearer than in this interview with Diego López Garrido, editor of the wording of the crime of rebellion.
Ciutadans ha estat picant aquesta metàfora en ferro fred des del començament del partit. Aquí teniu una selecció de referències al Matrix dels seus representants, i altres. La metàfora també és un gran favorit dels blocaires feixistes.
Natural disasters, pandemics and bloody civil wars rarely get coverage like this. The clear non-unionist majority in Catalonia is not an irrelevant minority living in ‘Tractorland’. Determined to continue the punishment for Catalonia, the orange media pretends Catalonia does not exist and invents an alternative version. An orange version.