Spanish Government Prepares Martial Law To Crush Catalonia Freedom Bid
The struggle of the Catalonian people for freedom has taken a sinister turn as Spain has sent in the army to ‘support’ riot police. It is an especially sinister development as the President of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont has stated that Catalonia will declare formal independence ‘soon’ with this widely expected to mean on Monday.
Mr Puigdemont has become embroiled in the last couple of day in a bitter war of words with the Spanish government and the King of Spain, King Felipe VI, who earlier intervened to criticise the Catalonian’s bid for freedom as ‘scorning’ all Spaniards. Puigdemont hit back accusing Felipe of being a ‘mouthpiece’ for the Spanish government and supporting policies that have been ‘catastrophic’ for millions of Catalans.
Catalonian patriots meanwhile have been facing criticism from the Spanish left that British patriots will find all too familiar:
The former president and leader of socialist party PSOE Alfonso Guerra has defended the decision to send the Army into Catalonia in case the police were not able to control the situation created by a “pro-fascist” independence movement that is attempting “a coup d’etat”
The European Union meanwhile has sought to strong-arm Catalans into remaining part of Spain. Both the centre-right European Peoples Party and centre-left Socialist and Democrats grouping have united in expressing only lightly encrypted support for the Spanish state. A spokesman for the EPP told the Catalans bluntly to leave Spain would be to leave the EU and a spokesman for the Socialists and Democrats insisted there must be ‘respect’ for the Spanish Constitution.
Clearly, a crunch is coming. Whatever Spanish authorities say, the movement of the army clearly points to the governments intent simply not to allow Catalonia become independent. It also points to the ominous possibility that the government may be preparing to impose martial law on Catalonia in the event of a mass movement resisting the Spanish Guardia Civil. The next few days will clearly be decisive in the Catalans fight for freedom and the future of Spain and the EU.
UPDATE: The constitutional court of Spain has suspended the sitting of the Catalan Parliament on Monday due to discuss independence in another sign that the Spanish government is preparing to crush Catalonia with force.