Catalonia Suffers 'Worst Attacks' Since Franco Dictatorship: Peaceful Resistance Coming Up

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont delivered a scathing response to Mariano Rajoy’s article 155 declaration. He accused Rajoy of the worst tactics since Franco. Even the Mayor of Barcelona, who does not want independence points a finger at Rajoy. Puigdemont pledges peaceful resistance.

“What we decide through voting is to be wiped out by the government in their offices,” said Puigdemont. The Catalan parliament will hold an emergency session on “this attempt to destroy our autonomous government, our democracy”.

Widely believed rumors suggest the Catalan parliament will announce independence as soon as the Spanish Senate approves Rajoy's Article 155 declaration.

Rajoy's heavy handed tactics backfired.

“There could have been dialogue, instead we’ve got state intervention,” said Barcelona mayor Ada Colau. She did not back independence.

Carme Forcadell, president of the Catalan parliament, described Mr Rajoy’s measures as “a de facto coup d’etat”. Forcadell is of course correct.

Easily Answered Question

We already know the answer to that question: Yes, it did.

"Each step the Spanish Government is doing it turns more people to independence," says Elena Jimenez from Omnium Cultura, one of Catalonia's big pro-independence cultural organisations.

ABC News repeated the stale news we have heard so many times before: "Until this crisis erupted, polls showed about 70 per cent of Catalans wanted to vote in an independence referendum. But only 41 per cent were actually in favour of cutting ties with Spain.:

As with the Wall Street Journal yesterday, and at least a dozen other mainstream media references, no one bothered to link to the "recent poll" or even state the date of that poll.

Here's the deal: An actual vote, in which 92% voted for independence, supersedes any poll.

Real Questions

The "real question" is not whether or not government tactics backfired, but rather these:

  1. How will Madrid respond when the Catalonia parliament ignores Rajoy.
  2. How will Madrid respond when Catalans peacefully resist?
  3. What happens if Madrid forces a vote and the independence seekers win an even larger majority?

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (15)
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peacock
peacock

Rajoy has the ability to use force and he's got the backing of Merkel and Macron. How much will the Catalan separatists be willing to sacrifice? Are they willing to confront Spanish police and military force with potentially loss of lives? The answers to these two questions will determine the outcome.

Tony_CA
Tony_CA

Force is not going to work. Merkel has very weak coalition government.

Tony_CA
Tony_CA

Merkel and Macron are having enough trouble in their own countries..

Tony_CA
Tony_CA

The independence genie is out of the bottle. My bet is Catalonia will be a fully sovereign independent nation soon.

Mike Mish Shedlock
Mike Mish Shedlock

Editor

If Catalonia peacefully resist - World public opinion will swing in favor