Catalan Independence: Artur Mas , The New Leader
In a recent interview Artur Mas, an economist, and new leader of the the Catalan Independence Movement said, “ Our ideal is to be part of the United States of Europe”. Mas poses the biggest threat to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s incompetent, corrupt Madrid government.
Mas, an obscure public servant, who worked under the charismatic Jordi Pujol who ran Catalonia for more than two decades, threw caution to the wind and bypassed his superiors in the Catalan party and just grabbed the mantle of independence and freedom , declaring that Madrid could no longer subjugate the juggernaut economic force of Catalan which provides forty per cent of Spain’s GDP.
One colleague was completely surprised by this brave act of courage. “We all knew Mas as an efficient technocrat and one of our very best managers, but I don’t think many people expected him to show such courage and patriotic feelings,”said Josep Maria Vila d’Abdal, a local mayor and member of Mas’s political party, Convergencia i Unio.
Equally important is the self-deprecating attitude of a true hero of independence. Mas insisted that his separatist movement was ‘not about personal ambition’, adding that he would retire from politics once Catalonia achieved sovereignty . Like all quiet hero he is not only willing to sacrifice his life to the cause but also the lives of his wife and his three children.
In contrast, Rajoy who has no professional qualifications to understand or manage economics, complex financial issues or lead an efficient government. He is replete with hubris and self–aggrandizement, so much so, that he will risk using his police to kill Spanish journalists, students and any dissidents who counter his diktats. Franco, in any disguise, is still Franco. Even when he wears the convenient label of Socialist, Conservative or Liberal. They are all simply political conveniences for sheer power acquisition and crony capitalism.
Many of you following me can read the sequence of blogs where I demanded Catalonia independence as well as regional autonomy for the Basque Region, Andalusia, Navarre, and Seville and other parts of Spain. You will also view the videos I have posted to see the brutal retaliations of Rajoy’s despotic regime when it is challenged by it’s own people from all walks of life---workers, students, bureaucrats, businessmen , teachers, and peasants.
Again, I encourage the wonderful people of Iberia, to declare their respective regional independence so that one day the country of Spain – an artifact of false historical narratives and Franco Fascist brutality---can be freely represented as the Iberian Autonomous Region, part of “The United States of Europe’.
Over one million Spaniards died for freedom since 1933 up until now. We can never forget their sacrifices. So let us continue the struggle for freedom until that one day in the near future we can honor their collective memories.
In the words of the famous poet, Garcia Lorca, who died under Franco’s repression , let me recall this poem:
Jaca negra, lunas grandes , Y aceitunas en mi alforja, Nunca llegerai a Cordoba,
Cordoba, lejana y sola.
(please excuse any mistakes in my Spanish, its been a long time, about thirty years since I spoke these words)