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Rajoy tries further repression

Submitted by SJW on 28 March, 2018 - 5:45 Author: Colin Foster

Big demonstrations in Barcelona on 25 March responded to the arrest, in Germany that day, of Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont.

Supporters of Catalonia separating from Spain hold a small majority in the Catalan parliament, though they are probably still short of a majority in the electorate. Other separatist leaders are in exile or jailed.

Instead of negotiating and finding ways for a democratic decision by the people of Catalonia, the right-wing minority government in Madrid continues to try to “solve” the problem by repression.

Catalan separation: "against the advice and criticism of the Communists"

Submitted by martin on 17 February, 2018 - 10:14 Author: Leon Trotsky
Catalan Republic 1931

Leon Trotsky: The National Question in Catalonia

Written: July 13, 1931. First Published: The Militant, Vol. IV No. 24, 19 September 1931

https://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1931/07/spain01.htm

Once more on the subject of the timely questions of the Spanish revolution.

Catalonia impasse demands challenge to Rajoy

Submitted by Matthew on 10 January, 2018 - 10:56 Author: Martin Thomas

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has scheduled the first session of Catalonia's new parliament for 17 January.

Elections on 21 December gave a result similar to 2015. The pro-independence parties won a small majority of seats in the parliament (70/135 this time, 72/135 in 2015) with a slight minority of the votes (47.3% this time, 47.8% last time).

Only now several of the leading pro-independence MPs are now held in Spanish jails for sedition, or self-exiled in Brussels for fear of being jailed if they return to Catalonia.

Catalonia: everything stays the same, so everything must change

Submitted by martin on 23 December, 2017 - 8:24 Author: Martin Thomas
Flags in Barcelona

"If we want everything to remain the same, everything must change", says the young aristocrat Tancredi to his uncle, the Prince, in the turmoil of Italian unification as portrayed in Lampedusa's novel The Leopard.

Catalonia goes to the polls

Submitted by Matthew on 13 December, 2017 - 10:59 Author: Tony Holmes

The constitutional crisis in Catalonia continues to simmer as the region awaits elections on 21 December.

A number of Catalan politicians and activists, including members of the recently dismissed government, have been denied bail and remain jailed on charges of sedition. Some are in exile in Belgium.

Vote is tight in Catalonia

Submitted by Matthew on 6 December, 2017 - 10:16 Author: Rhodri Evans

On 5 December, the Spanish Supreme Court withdrew its international arrest warrant against Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and four other members of the government who have sought refuge in Belgium. Other Catalan politicians, arrested in Spain, have however been refused bail and will have to run their campaigns for Catalonia’s 21 December elections from jail.

Catalonia: for self-determination

Submitted by cathy n on 24 November, 2017 - 9:02 Author: By Colin Foster

The latest opinion polls for the parliamentary election in Catalonia on 21 December suggest an outcome similar to the previous election in 2015: a narrow parliamentary majority for the separatists, but with a minority of the popular vote.

A 15 November poll gives the ERC 24%, Puigdemont’s people (running as Junts per Catalunya) 17%, and CUP 6%, in total 47% of the vote but 68-74 seats out of 135.

Catalonia: rights and unity

Submitted by Matthew on 15 November, 2017 - 11:00
Catalonia protest

Editorial from Solidarity 454

On Saturday 11 November, 750,000 people (on the city police’s count) demonstrated in Barcelona to demand the release of Catalan government ministers and pro-independence association activists jailed by the Madrid regime to await trial on charges such as sedition. A general strike called by a pro-independence union confederation, Intersindical-CSC, under the slogan “Defend Our Rights”, on Wednesday 8 November, also had impact.

Madrid tries to bludgeon Catalonia

Submitted by Matthew on 8 November, 2017 - 1:22 Author: Martin Thomas
Protest

The people of Catalonia are caught up in a macabre game of bluff and who-blinks-first.

The democratic way out is for the people of Catalonia to be able to vote in a fair referendum on independence. Previous polls have indicated no majority for secession, and many on the left in Catalonia (for good reasons, we think) oppose creating a new border; but if there is now a majority for separation, then Madrid, and the EU, should respect it.

Catalonia, the "Norwegian way", and Lenin

Submitted by martin on 31 October, 2017 - 10:20 Author: Martin Thomas
Catalonia general strike

"It is the bounden duty", wrote Lenin, "of class-conscious workers to conduct systematic propaganda and prepare the ground for the settlement of conflicts that may arise over the secession of nations, not in the 'Russian way', but only in the way they were settled in 1905 between Norway and Sweden.

"This is exactly what is meant by the demand in the program for the recognition of the right of nations to self-determination".