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12-09-21 Dispatch de Barcelona - The Catalan Drive for Independence and Resistance to the Legal-banking Fraud Pandemic

12-09-21 Dispatch de Barcelona - The Catalan Drive for Independence and Resistance to the Legal-banking Fraud Pandemic

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The Catalan people have been through much worse oppression under Franco. Somehow they figured out the essence of the current legal/banking fraud pandemic better than most other nations. Current events are likely to permanently tarnish the record of King Juan Carlos as key figure in transition to Civil Society in post-Franco Spain.
The Catalan people have been through much worse oppression under Franco. Somehow they figured out the essence of the current legal/banking fraud pandemic better than most other nations. Current events are likely to permanently tarnish the record of King Juan Carlos as key figure in transition to Civil Society in post-Franco Spain.

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12-09-21 Dispatch de Barcelona: The Catalan drive for independence andresistance to the legal/banking fraud pandemic go hand in hand
The Catalan people have been through much worse oppression under Franco.Somehow they figured out the essence of the current legal/fraud pandemic better thanmost other nations. Current events are likely to permanently tarnish the record of King Juan Carlos as key figure in transition to Civil Society in post-Franco Spain.
 Barcelona, September 21 -
thousands of pro-independence Catalansdemonstrated yesterday in the Plaza Sant Jaume, following the defeat by theCatalan parliament of a proposed fiscal pact with Madrid under the currentfinancial crisis.Of note, the demonstrations were conducted right in front of the Catalangovernment buildings in Plaza Sant Jaume. Such public assemblies in the vicinity of government building are prohibited today in the United States. _______
Miles de independentistas en la Plaza Sant Jaumetras el ´no´ de Rajoy al pacto fiscal con Cataluña
Thousands of separatists have taken to the streets today in Barcelona after the No byMariano Rajoy the fiscal pact with Catalonia, defended by Artur Mas. The demonstrationtook place in the Plaça de Sant Jaume de Barcelona, center of based the Catalangovernment.
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Spain risks break-up as Mariano Rajoy stirs Catalanfury 
 
The ruling parties of Catalonia have sought guidance from Brussels on thelegality of secession from Spain, requesting a “route map” for membershipof the European Union and the euro as an independent state.
Catalans want an independent treasury with control over its own tax base, akin to the model already enjoyed byBasques
8:59PM BST 20 Sep 2012
It is the latest move in a fast-escalating clash between Catalan nationalists andSpanish nationalists, the latter backed by King Juan Carlos and the Spanish military.Jose-Manuel Garcia-Margallo, the foreign minister, threw down the gauntlet, callingCatalan secession “illegal and lethal”. He warned that Spain would use its veto to stopthe 
becoming an EU member “indefinitely”.The constitutional crisis has eclipsed the parallel drama of a Spanish bail-out requestfrom the European Stability Mechanism. It is no longer clear whether premier 
can deliver on any austerity deal with Brussels.Catalan leader Artur Mas held high-stakes talks with Mr Rajoy in Madrid on Thursday,armed with a mandate from the Catalan parliament and with charged emotions left froman unprecedented protest by 1.5m people in Barcelona 10 days ago.He demanded an independent treasury for the rich Catalan region, with control over itsown tax base akin to the model already enjoyed by Basques. The 9m Catalans have aneconomy the size of Austria’s.“It did not go well,” he said. The Rajoy government said Spain’s constitution allows nomargin for compromise. Mr Mas refused to meet the press in the prime minister’soffices, retreating to the Catalan delegation, where he spoke before the Catalan andEU flags. “Constitutions may or may not be modified, but they do not subjugate the willof the people,” he said.
 
Catalonia’s parliament will meet next week to “think deeply” about its next fateful step.“Catalonia will follow its path. We have no enemies but we will build our own project asa country,” said Mr Mas.The newspaper 
reported that his Convergència i Unió (CiU) party andcoalition partners have asked the European Commission whether Spain can preventCatalans exercising democratic self-determination, and whether a sovereign Cataloniacould remain part of the EU’s single market and the euro.The speed of events has caught almost everybody by surprise, including Mr Mashimself. His CiU has, until now, pursued a policy of calculated ambiguity over secession. Mr Mas has pivoted quickly, embracing what he calls the “popular outcry” ashis own.The antagonisms date back to the Franco era and, above all, to 1714 when Philip Vabolished all Catalan institutions, and imposed Castilian laws and absolutism by right of conquest.Diplomats say Mr Rajoy’s Partido Popular has provoked the latest eruption of fury byexploiting the economic crisis to break the power of the regions. This came to a headover the summer when Catalonia was forced to request a €5bn rescue from Madrid,though it is a net contributor to the Spanish state.Spain’s economic slump has frayed nerves across the country, much as it did beforethe Civil War in the 1930s. Unemployment has risen to 25.1pc and may go higher asthe delayed effects of austerity bite deeper.Citigroup expects the economy to contract by 3.2pc next year and 0.8pc in 2014,pushing public debt to 100pc of GDP.Chief economist Willem Buiter said the mix of austerity and reform will not restoreSpain to “fiscal sustainability”, even if EU loans keep Spain going for another couple of years. He expects “debt restructuring” in the end. The warm glow of the EuropeanCentral Bank’s bond plan helped Spain sell 10-year debt at 5.66pc on Thursday, thelowest since February.Mr Rajoy appears to determined to play for time, hoping that he can muddle throughwithout a rescue.Traders say such gamesmanship is unlikely to succeed for long. Mr Rajoy also hopesto siphon off part of the €100bn in EU rescue package for Spanish banks, but this iscertain to infuriate Germany’s Bundestag.Spanish politics are now intruding, in any case. An EU bail-out memorandum wouldhave to include fiscal restraint for the regions, further inflaming Catalonia.The risks of a misjudgement are growing. The king caused irritation in Catalonia thisweek by warning against the seduction of “chimeras” – his first such crisis interventionsince 1981.

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