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Readers blog: The day the Madrid regime killed Spain

Peaceful young women — just wanting to vote — are dragged and thrown on the ground by black-uniformed, heavily-armed Madrid police, the Guardia Civil inherited from Franco.

A badly-injured man is stretchered away. Massive crowds wait to vote — like the first South African free election but now facing lines of armed goons, preventing peaceful national self-determination. Ballot boxes and voting papers are seized — in free and democratic Europe.

The contrast with the glory of UK democracy could not be any clearer — Scots could vote freely on whether to remain in or leave the UK.

The Madrid regime has now sown dragon’s teeth, like the London government in 1918 and their attempt to impose conscription on Ireland, which outraged all shades of the Green Tribe and led to the [temporary] SF alliance sweeping all before it in the December 1918 general election.

October 1, 2017 is the day Spain died — or rather was killed — by the Madrid regime, no matter how long it may take to finally end the current Spanish state. Or how many may be tragically and un-necessarily killed or maimed in the meantime.

Kremlin Tanks [temporarily] crushed Czech freedom with their massive August 1968 invasion, while General Jaruzelski, the Kremlin puppet, [again only temporarily] crushed the trade union Solidarnosc in 1980, but a risen people can never be crushed forever. The future lay with Vaclav Havel and Lech Walesa, not Red Army tanks.

October 1, 2017 is like another historic day 105 years ago, September 28, 1912 when Ulster Protestants massed to sign their Ulster Covenant — the London government was not so stupid as to try to crush that mass demonstration of the firm resolve of a people.

Catalans, who were doubtful about escaping from Madrid domination, will now see it is about democracy and will not tolerate diktats from Madrid.

What will also be decisive for the future, not only of Catalans but above all of the EU itself, is whether Juncker and his Brussels elite and MEPs — and 27 other EU governments — side either with [a] the core principle of Catalan democracy and national self-determination or else with Madrid’s neo-Francoist repression.

Sunday was a very historic and decisive day — made so by self-destructive and monumental Madrid stupidity.

That old Francoist leopard never really changed its vicious spots. They never went away. Nor learnt anything.

But in the words of that inspiring heroine, the Cortes-Spanish Parl Chair in 1936 ‘La Passionaria’ herself, Dolores Ibárrui — ‘No Pasarán’. They shall not pass. Franco fascism won temporarily in 1939 and neo-Francoist repression may win again today, but only due to superior physical force, not to the will of the people, and not for long.

The die has been cast. Madrid has thrown down the gauntlet — they have driven Catalans into the arm of the separatist movement and that is where all democrats across Europe should now stand — with them.

The consent of the governed is a fundamental right and principle which trumps all else — even the bullfighting supporter PM Rajoy.

Tom Carew

Ranelagh

Dublin 6

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