So, as we wake up to another brightly dull day where rain is threatening even if it is not actually falling, what have we achieved in Catalonia after the referendum?
Most importantly, a clear indication of the signal failure of Rajoy and his authoritarian government. They pledged to stop the referendum and it took place. They used every trick in the book short of sending in the army and it failed to stop 42% of the electorate turning out for what Rajoy called an “illegal” vote. Given the obstacles put in the way of voting, the fact that over two million people in Catalonia turned out to vote is a triumph of the people over an uncaring repressive central authority.
The actions of the Spanish National Police that have left at least 844 people injured, two seriously, will haunt the popular imagination for years to come. When you see pictures of armoured baton-wielding policemen laying into young and old alike; women being pulled by the hair along the streets; people thrown down stairs; voters being kicked and thumped, the adjectives to describe such scenes that come to mind are not those used by our ridiculous President of “firmness and serenity”.
Rajoy must resign at once.
He won’t of course because he and his corrupt party feel themselves to be above the law and indeed they create their own reality. Rajoy spoke to the nation and explained that, “there had been no referendum today”. Rajoy is a master of Political Photoshop where uncomfortable reality can be rejigged through his own weasel words into something more in keeping with his distorted world view.
I have just been informed that an older man who had heart failure in the disturbances caused by the Spanish National Police has now died. While he was being given resuscitation the voters who had formed a protective ring around those giving assistance were attacked by an armoured police officer who smashed his way into the cordon and people fell on the injured man. All of this was captured on film and it joins a series of unacceptable views of violence. Perhaps more significantly, I can find nothing on television to suggest that this story (found on Twitter) is actually correct. The violence towards the man has been captured on film and I have seen it, but the death is perhaps one of those rumours that we are going to have to get used to during the next few days and weeks as what is a volatile political situation feeds on the truth and half truth that has the potential to rip Spain apart.
If you have not seen what violence Rajoy and his PP government encouraged against peaceful voters then check the link below, and then write to your MP demanding that they condemn the behaviour of a WESTERN EUROPEAN NATION, a member of the EU and UNO, against its own citizens!