Statement in support of Catalan independence
Statement in support of Catalan independence
29 October 2017
The 27th of October will forever be remembered. That day, the Parliament of Catalonia, with the support of an enormous popular mobilization at its doors, declared the independence of the Republic of Catalonia from the Spanish state and the monarchy of King Phillip VI. With their vote, the Catalan parliament merely ratified what the people of that country had decided in the plebiscite of 1-O, for which they turned out en masse, defending their right to decide, even in the face of a brutal repression by the Spanish state that did not distinguish men from women, or young from the elderly.
In response to this sovereign decision by the people of the northeastern Iberian peninsula, the Spanish Senate, with the votes of the PP, PSOE and Ciudadanos, decided to apply Article 155 of the Spanish constitution and allowed the Council of Minister of Rajoy´s government to take over the regional government, its executive power headed by Puigdemont, dissolve the Catalan parliament with the excuse of calling a new antidemocratic regional election, take over the Catalan police, and the foreign Catalan delegations, among other measures, which are completed by the intervention of the attorney general, who has charged and ordered the arrest of Puigdemont, and the utilization of the constitutional court to turn down the declaration of independence of the Parliament.
Although Rajoy´s government has spoken of acting with care and “mesure” to reestablish Spanish “rule of law”, it hasn´t had any “measure” in attempting to impose a coup d´etat, as it didn´t when it broke into regional government offices and arrested various officials of the Catalan government, or when it sent its police to savagely beat thousands of citizens whose only crime was trying to vote in the plebiscite that established their will for independence.
Since these repressive attempts were defeated by the massive mobilization of the Catalan people, the government now escalates its offensive against the independence revolution with Article 155, to try to smash a struggle that has overcome and defeated it at every turn.
“Reestablishing the rule of law” in a territory whose people are mobilizing by the thousands and hundreds of thousands in defense of their right to decide to be independent, can only be done resorting to the repressive apparatus that the Spanish state has stationed in Catalonia, which counts with thousands of officers of the Civil Guard in the National Police, acting as an authentic army of occupation. The Spanish government´s return to “rule of law” has meant applying severe coercive measures, from facilitating the economic boycott of large businesses, to trying to isolate an independent Catalonia, internationally.
The Spanish regime and its PP government did not modify its repressive path at any moment, despite the regional government´s many offers of dialogue. On the contrary, the only “dialogue” offered by the monarchical regime has been unconditional surrender, and for Catalan leaders to renounce the right to independence that their people consecrated. Its “dialoguist” spirit has materialized in the unjust imprisonment of Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, leaders of the ANC and Ominum. They are political hostages of the Spanish state and their liberty is demanded by the people of Catalonia and the democratic people of the world.
The imperialist parliamentary monarchy that rules Spain is the direct descendant of the Francoist regime and the disastrous constitution of 1978, that established a monarchy against the democratic republic for which the Spanish people fought against Franco´s fascist beast. An undemocratic constitution born of the Moncloa Pact, in which the leaders of the Spanish working class, particularly the PSOE, the PC and “nationalist” parties, betrayed those who fought againt francoism, renouncing republican democracy, which had been the banner of the antifascist struggle.
Now, that constitution, its King, and the entire antidemocratic regime born out of that act against the Spanish people, stand against a nation that demands its most elemental and democratic right of self-determination. The regime has the open support of Spanish and European transnational corporations, the main governments and leaders of the EU and Donald Trump, and the old and traitorous political and labor leaderships of Spain, like the UGT, dominated by the PSOE, or the CCOO, led by the PC.
Unfortunately, new political currents that emerged out of the crisis of the old regime and the struggle against its brutal austerity policies, that expressed the magnificent movement of “indignados”, and then had its political materialization in the formation of PODEMOS, have maintained a mistaken ambiguous position that condemns the repression of Article 155 and, at the same level, also condemns the declaration of independence of Catalonia. When what is called for is an unconditional defense of the right to self-determination and independence of the Catalan people.
A serious danger hovers over the Catalan revolution, over those who chose to stand up to the police batons, over those who have bravely defended their dignity and right to decide taking to the streets, over those people that have decided to take a great historical step and not let themselves be unnerved by the threats, nor by the saber rattling of the Spanish barracks.
The struggle of the Catalan people, of its young and its old, of its women and men, is the struggle of all who defend democratic rights over repression and imperialist barbarism. The struggle of the Catalans for their self-determination and their right to independence, is the struggle of all the peoples oppressed by the Spanish state, the Basques, Galician, Andalucian, Canarian, etc.
The struggle against the monarchy is part of the struggle of all the workers of Spain against the capitalist austerity of Rajoy and the corporations. It´s the struggle of those who won´t stand a monarchical empire any longer and fight for a republic, of those who fight against the “gag law” and want the crimes of Francoism that the current regime covers up, taken to court.
Defending the Catalans´ right and supporting their decision is part of the struggle of all the peoples of Europe that fight against austerity and anti-labor reforms driven by the European Central Bank, its corporations and the EU leadership. Those who have supported the side of Rajoy and the Spanish and European “rule of law”, have done so against the most elemental democratic right of a people that demand their self-determination.
The cause of the Catalan revolution is, in short, a struggle of all the peoples of the world that fight against the barbarism of this decadent capitalist imperialist system and its political regimes. Regimes that disguise themselves as democratic, but show their repressive and antidemocratic essence when the interests of the corporations and their bonapartist power are questioned.
This is why we call for mobilizing in support of the Catalan people, in defense of their self-determination and independence, against Rajoy´s repression and the implementation of the antidemocratic Article 155.
We call on workers and peoples to mobilize around the globe. We call on all those who stand for defending the democratic rights of the Catalans to repudiate Rajoy´s new coup and repressive threat. We call to demand all governments to immediately recognize the Republic of Catalonia.
We are convinced of the necessity of consolidating the independence of Catalonia, carrying out the call of a free and sovereign constituent assembly, that should found the new republic and carry out all the democratic measures that the Francoist constitution of 1978 has impeded, as well as discuss and resolve a set of immediate anticapitalist measures to solve workers´ most urgent problems. We also urge the workers and peoples of Spain to take the same path. We do this from the socialist perspective that we defend for Catalonia and Spain, convinced that the necessary workers unity will be achieved hand in hand with a Free Federation of Ibearian Socialist Republics.
At the same time, we call for the broadest unity of action to generate a great mobilization on a global level to support and defend independent Catalonia. Because we are conscious that there is more at stake in Catalonia than its right to independence. Its odyssey is now the vanguard of the struggle of all the peoples of the world that fought for their liberty against imperial oppression and barbarism, against those who drop their merciless bombs on children and innocent victims in Syria and other countries where they want to assure their dominance, against those who encourage xenophobia and racism, the deepening of patriarchy and ecological depredation, against those for whom the sacrosanct profit motive of the corporations is more important than the most elemental rights of workers and the people; than life on Earth itself.
This is why the Catalan struggle is, for us, a struggle of all humanity.
Movimiento Socialista de los Trabajadores of Argentina
Marea Socialista of Venezuela
Movimiento de Esquerda Socialista – PSOL ofB Brazil
Bloque de Anticapitalistas Movilizados of Chile
Alternativa Socialista of Paraguay
La Lucha Continua of Peru
Rumbo Socialista of Uruguay
La Commune of France
SMOT of BelarusM