Catalan protesters have already managed to spread the protests across Spain. EPA-Elta photo
Hundreds of people gathered at the Barcelona-Sants train station on Sunday and chanted Freedom to Pablo Hasel. As they pulled toward the city center, young people tossed trash cans and other items at police stations, erecting barricades. Police responded with “banana” blows and gas – the images were similar to the recently broadcast images from Belarus and Russia. Fortunately, Spain is a democratic country, so the arrested protesters did not have to suffer so much …
According to police, at least five people were arrested in Barcelona on Sunday alone by smashing the shop window of one store. However, witnesses talk of dozens of detainees chanting political slogans – “Freedom for Catalonia”, “Not for the Madrid regime” and so on.
On the eve of yesterday’s protest, thousands of people also took to the streets in Spain’s second-largest city. There were major clashes during the protests. According to police, many shops in the city center were reportedly destroyed.
Musician P. Hasel was arrested on Tuesday for failing to serve a nine-month prison sentence for insulting the Spanish royal family and state authorities (another strange coincidence with Navaln’s case). In addition, the musician was sentenced to another two-and-a-half years in prison on Thursday for threatening a witness in a lawsuit against two police officers.
There have been protests in Spain every evening since Tuesday. They began in Hasel’s native Catalonia, but later spread to Madrid and other cities. Officially, it is said that more than 100 people have already been arrested, but neither in Brussels nor in Vilnius is demanding the imposition of sanctions on Spanish officials dealing with “peaceful protesters”.
Political scientist Vadim VOLOVOJUS comments on the situation:
Our “mainstream” obviously does not support the protests in Barcelona, but instead diligently “fights” for such protests to take place in Russia and Belarus. Understandably, they distinguish “repression” from “maintenance of constitutional order”, “authoritarian regimes” from real “democratic” states “… thirsty modes. In other words, as soon as the Russian or Belarusian authorities use the same methods as in Spain or France, we immediately experience negativity, and vice versa – when exactly the same thing happens in the West, it is modestly silenced and emphasized that the “riots” are a threat to democracy. new.
By the way, there was a very good example during Joseph Borrell’s visit to Moscow: the Russians prepared a video for him and showed him what is happening to you, and here are our events … He could not comment on anything, only said that he was unfamiliar with this material. ..
What is happening in Spain does not seem to affect the European Union either: no one from Brussels is condemning condemning the crackdown on protesters in Barcelona. Apparently, they know how to cope extremely gently and democratically. Those dual standards are, of course, very hungry for the eyes, but have not been surprising for a long time.
As far as Spanish affairs are concerned, it is clear that dissatisfaction and resistance to the central government in Catalonia is burning. This can be compared to a boiling boiler: when you increase the fire – the water is always trying to break through, you can reduce the fire or try to boil that boiler, but that resistance does not disappear … Catalonia must be able to separate. Let us remember how the Soviet Union collapsed – after all, there was no single clear reason, there were a lot of circumstances. So here too. Perhaps the Scots will announce a new referendum and secede from Britain – an event that could greatly stimulate resistance in Catalonia and increase their chances of secession. Maybe Brussels or the central government in Spain will shed some nonsense … Also, let us not forget about the pandemic, which in itself generates people’s dissatisfaction. All this is not going away, the problem is not solved, and the Spanish authorities are only postponing decisions – sooner or later it can all break out with a more significant impetus.
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