20 de juliol 2007

The Spanish Inquisition never sleeps. The kidnapper and censor Spanish law. Post in support of El Jueves

Today, judge Juan del Olmo from the Audiencia Nacional (Spain's highest court in penal matters which pre-constitutional origins have been studied by Antonio María Lorca Navarrete, professor in Procedural Law in the Universidad del País Vasco who affirms that the Audiencia Nacional was born "under the shelter of a doubtful democratic regulation") has ordered the Policía Nacional (Spanish national Police) the legal "kidnapping" (a nice way of saying "I don't like you and I censor you because I am the unquestionable law) of the Spanish satiric magazine called El Jueves (edited in Barcelona and sold in all Spain) under the accusation of slanderous caricatures of the Spanish Monarchy. Moreover they want to close El Jueves web site. In the front page of the arrested number you can see a couple fucking (they look like prince Felipe and princess Letizia) under the title: € 2,500 per baby (referring to the promise made by president Zapatero to help families with € 2,500 every time they have a baby). The man in the picture says "Do you notice that if you get pregnant, that will be the most similar to work I have never made?"

This is the cover published in all newspapers and web sites after the arrest (Avui , Il corriere della sera , BBC news , El País)

Well, I am against censorship and I think freedom is the real unquestionable right. It seems that Juan del Olmo and the Audiencia Nacional do not agree with me and as guardians of the pure and eternal Spanish essences have ordered the legal arrest of the magazine. Moreover, the author of that cartoon can be charged of offending the Monarchy and condemned to be imprisoned for two years. No, I am not talking about radical islamists threatening a magazine because of some caricatures of Mahoma. I am talking about supposed democrat Spaniards that should defend free expression. No, I am not talking about dictatorial North Korea. I am talking about the democratic Spain. But there are some similarities in both cases, aren't there? Radical islamists and North Korea have some curious similarities to Spain and some Spanish judges: they think they have the unique truth. As you can see, the age of Enlightenment is something that happened to others (not to the deep feudal Spanish minds nowadays dressed as democrats).

When radical islamists censor free expression we call them barbarians and anti-democrats. So, what will we call Audiencia Nacional after this attack to free expression in Spain? Remember that there is one supposed democrat Constitution that legalize these kind of acts. In the rest of the civilized Europe that would be a great scandal and would have cost some resignations. In Spain it is normal and nothing will happen. Even more, I bet that judge Juan del Olmo will be soon promoted.
It is not the first time that free expression is censored in Spain. The most famous one happened in 1905 when the Spanish Army assulted and burned the editorial office of a satiric Catalan magazine named "Cu-Cut!" and the editorial office of the newspaper La Veu de Catalunya (The voice of Catalonia), both well-known public defenders of Catalanism. But we don't have to go so far to find examples of censorship in Spain. More or less a year ago a judge censored an advertisment in favor of the legalization of Catalan national teams. The arrest of that ad was based in the fact that the actors were children and that was against the law of children protection. Beneath you can watch the censored video where you can see some children playing football (or soccer) dressed with some T-shirts that look like the colours of some national teams. Then there is one that wants to join them. He wears the T-shirt of the Catalan national team and the one dressed with the Spanish T-shirt don't let him join. Then the Catalan boy takes the T-shirt off and the rest do the same and then they can play together. That means that Catalans want to practise sport with all nations excluding no one, and that the real fact is that Spain doesn't allow it due to political matters that have nothing to do with sport (they have to do with Spanish superiority syndrome).

  • But according to the argument used to censor that ad, they should have censored this other ad made by AES-DN, a Spanish neo-fascist party where you can see a child with the Spanish flag in his face following the title "Proud to be Spanish". Obviusly the child is used with radical (and non-democratic) political pourposes. But surprisingly it wasn't censored. I think that none of them should have been censored, but as you can see in Spain they don't treat everyone the same. They prefer neo-fascist ads to Catalan democratic rights. Neo-fascists have no problems to express but Catalan democrats are censored or even arrested and tortured (take a look at my last post). So the eternal and pure Spanish essences are closer to neo-fascists than to democratic principles. That is the reality in the democratic Spain. Sun and beaches, censors and inquisition. Monarchist semi-feudal democracy. Limited and under surveillance free expression. If you come to Spain, don't forget that and try to see the country with different eyes.

Catalonia has no future in this country. Catalonia needs its own country. Catalonia is not Spain.

Shame on Spain.

19 de juliol 2007

"Say you are Spanish or I lock you up". The modern Spanish Inquisition

I present you the real Spanish Fiesta. In Spain they do not only torture animals in their national fiesta (bullfighting) but they torture other "kind" of "animals". The real Spanish Fiesta starts when they arrest a non-Spanish secessionist. Beneath you have two examples of the cold war and the abnormal situation in which we live in Catalonia and in the Basque Country. A dark and deep racist mentality is hidden under the cover of the Spanish democracy, which consider Catalans, Basques and their ideas an illness that must be treated and cured. Catalans and Basques are ill Spanish that have chosen the wrong way or have wrong ideas that must be arranged.

Those who want independence and don't feel Spanish must be violent people and completely mentally ill and they have to be re-educated to the good Spanish way of life. Feeling non-Spanish is unnatural. And as a mentally ill person you have to choose: or you get cured or you get locked up just to avoid the infection of other people with your dangerous ideas. As a matter of faith, the modern Spanish Inquisition trials judge non-Spanish heretics. Being Spanish is a religion. If you don't want to be Spanish you must face the modern democratic Inquisition and its "methods" to keep the true Spanish faith. No rights, no laws. Everything is permitted: false proofs, forced statements, false police reports, false testimonies. But of course, before that you must "turn your camara off". Don't let the world see any other truth but theirs. Welcome to our own apartheid, where Catalans are inferior, where being a Catalan is a signal of insanity, where you have no rights if you don't agree with the Spanish essences, where you have to feel guilty for being Catalan, where you can be condemned and tortured physically or psychologically with impunity and without proofs. It is just an advice: look what can happen to you if you feel what we don't want you to feel and if you think what we don't want you to think. Welcome to the sunny and happy re-education camp called Spain. No, fascism is not back. In Spain fascism never left.

This is the Catalan documentary called Eric and the Army of the Phoenix

This is the documentary by the Australian TV channel SBS about Spanish torture The Spanish Inquisition (Australians, as everybody knows, are dangerous anti-Spanish liars, of course)

Shame on Spain

13 de juliol 2007

Spanish flavour

I had another post ready to publish, but I read a news about a demonstration that will take place in Madrid next July 18. This demonstration has been legalized by Zapatero's socialist government. That would not be a problem if the main protagonists were not member of the Falange party (the fascist unique party that ruled Spain during Franco's dictatorship). Falange is still a legal party in Spain and this demonstration has a very clear slogan: "If we have to pass again, we will pass!". The meaning of this sentence (somehow you can read it as a death sentence also) is an apology of the Civil War from those who destroyed the Spanish democratic Republic in 1936. The date of the demonstration is not accidental: July 18 1936 is the official day of the begining of the Spanish Civil War with the coup d'etat made by the reactionary and ultra-catholic Spanish army, a day celebrated since then to 1975. The slogan is an answer to the war cry "They won't pass!" made by the democratic defenders of Madrid (republicans, socialists, and international volunteer brigades) against the fascist army (composed by the rebel Spanish army, Italian fascists, and nazi German forces) that intended to occupy the capital for two years (1937 - 1939). Yes, they passed in 1939. They won that war. But they say they will pass again even if that means a new war. As you can see, after 31 years of democracy in Spain, it is possible to claim for its destruction, it is possible to claim for a new armed civil conflict and it is possible to insult and spit at the memory of those who died defending democracy, but it is not possible to claim a democratic right like the independence of Catalonia.

Here they are, with their arms up and their fascist flags in the wind. Can you imagine a legal demonstration of a nazi party in Germany? Can you imagine any apology of World War II and nazism in Germany? Simply not because it is illegal and apologists can go to prison. Well, as I told you in a previous post, this is not Germany.

What all those democrats killed during the Spanish Civil War and during Franco's dictatorship would think if they saw what their descendents are doing? Spain spits at all the victims of the fascist cruel system, many of them Catalans who were killed and tortured just for being what they were: Catalans. While those who want to destroy democracy can express their hate in the streets, Catalan secessionists have been arrested and tortured (Spain has a long tradition of tortures according to Amnesty International reports) during all these years by the "democratic" Spain that has been condemned by the European Court of Human Rights of Strasbourg (read an abstract of the sentence here in English). In a next post I will tell you about the pathetic story of a Catalan teenager called Èric Bertran who was treated as a dangerous terrorist.

Spain spoils fascists while torture and repress those who claim for the international right of independence. Spain a nation back... to the old 1930s. Spain was the only European country where fascism was not defeated after World War II. Spain is the only European country where fascism has been legal since 1933. And Spain is the only European country where a Foundation that praise general Franco and his fascist dictatorship has been subsidized by a "democratic" government.

Shame on Spain.

05 de juliol 2007

Zapatero's pre-democratic Spain

"Equality is our identity”. This is President Zapatero’s answer to the interpellation of a Catalan secessionist deputy in the Spanish Congress. Zapatero added also that “this equality can only be achieved in a democratic system”. He said that there are no differences between Spaniards and Catalans: “some are not so different although they think they are” and appealed to the “historical tradition of living together”. Thus, Zapatero denies the national Catalan reality and agrees with the old pre-democratic Castilian centralist vision of Spain. It doesn’t matter who leads the state, right wing or left wing parties. In Spain the Catalan nation does not exist, therefore the right of self-determination is unnecessary. President Zapatero tells us that “there has never been a self-determination process in a democratic system. These kinds of processes have always happened during dictatorial systems or at the end of a dictatorship”.

It is necessary to make several considerations. If the Spanish identity is just equality, why are Spaniards different from Portuguese, French, Italian or Dutch? Does not the Declaration of Human Rights say that all men are equal? According to Zapatero, if we are all equal and the same, why don’t the states that make us different disappear immediately?

I suppose that Mr. Zapatero is able to differentiate a Frenchman from a Spaniard. But which are those differences? Both are dressed more or less the same, they enjoy the same globalized leisure and food, they are democrats, they use the same tools and maybe share the same religion… Tell me, Mr. Zapatero, which are the differences?

Language? History? Culture? National feelings? National anthems? Then, Mr. Zapatero, the differences between a Spaniard and a Frenchman are the same between a Spaniard and a Catalan (it is strange that Catalans have a national anthem with lyrics, but those who deny our existence as a nation have not. The national anthem of Spain has no lyrics. Why? Because it is not a national anthem but the Borbonic Royal March. Mabye it is the Spanish nation that does not exist. Think about it). But of course, Catalans and Spaniards have a "historical tradition of living together" that means armed oppression, the abolition of the Catalan laws and independent institutions in 1716 and its substitution by the foreign laws and institutions of Castile which obviously will never propitiate a self-determination process of Catalonia.

Spanish and Catalan are two different languages (even though some Spaniards say that Catalan language does not exist -no language, no culture, no nation: Catalans are a big NO in Spain- or that it is a dialect that comes from the Spanish language -see? The world itself will be one day an oddity of the Spanish way of life. First it was anthropocentric, then heliocentric, now it is Spaniardcentric. Darwin was wrong, humans do not come from apes but from Spaniards). Spain and Catalonia have a very different history (Catalonia has a thousand-year-old documented history and the Spanish state was created after the Catalan defeat of 1714, in spite of what Spaniards say with their historical lies about it. Since the XVth century Catalonia shared the same monarchy with Castile, but sharing a monarch does not mean being the same nation –if it was true, Australians and English should be the same nation because they recognize the same monarchy).

But as usual what is valid for the rest of the world, it is not for Catalans. We are always the exception, the last political and national apartheid in Europe, where "democracy" reduces us to a simple Spanish distorted rarity.

Zapatero says that countries get their independence during dictatorships or at the end of a dictatorship. So he is telling us that Spain is still a dictatorial state since Franco’s death in 1975 because a possible process of self-determination of Catalonia, Galiza or the Basque Country was not considered under any circumstances with the arrival of “democracy”. We all know that even the pathetic Catalan Statute of Autonomy provoked Tejero’s coup d'état in 1981. Since then, any effort to strengthen the Catalan sovereignity has been blocked.

It seems to me, Mr. Zapatero, that your demagogic words try to justify what cannot be justified. And although you want to disguise Spain with words of open democracy and tolerance, the speech continues being as negationist as the one during Franco’s fascist dictatorship. Trying to justify the negation of a universal right to all Catalan people, you just show that in the Spanish democracy we have no place, we will never be treated as a normal nation, and you are telling us that you keep the same conqueror’s mind Spaniards had in 1714 when Catalans were defeated and the Castilian boots of the occupation forces echoed in the streets of Barcelona.

But if Catalans do not exist, why do they talk about “the Catalan problem” in Spain, Mr. Zapatero? If the Catalan nation does not exist, how can Catalans be a problem? Spain has a problem with Catalonia and Catalonia with Spain. And as long as the existence and the rights that every nation deserves are denied to us, the problem will not end. The Catalan nation does not exist. You can close your eyes. But we are still a problem for your Spain, Mr. Zapatero. I wonder if your arguments are just a compilation of the old pre-democratic wish of erasing any sign of the Catalan nation. In that case, you are right, the self-determination process is forbidden by the “democratic dictatorship” we are trapped in since 1978 and the Spanish Constitution is our jailer.
Wouldn’t it be easier to understand that Catalonia is not Spain?