Please take a look at the bloodied grandmother shown at the conclusion of the article and ask yourself if she looks like the kind of person who deserves such treatment. No, this wasn't Black Lives Matter or Antifa with anarchists throwing bags of body fluids at police or pelting them with rocks, this was a group of Catalonian citizens who are tired of being treated as second class citizens, maybe worse, by a central government still operating in the Generalissimo Francisco Franco mold. In fact, many leaders of the government, including the very judge who ruled the Catalan vote to be unconstitutional, came from a background of Franco beliefs and policy (per Zerohedge.com, a very honest and valid source).
Nearly eight hundred and fifty citizens were injured by police clearly acting beyond any appropriate means of force against a citizenry that was peaceful and orderly with only a very few exceptions. And if ever the eyes of justice should be applied, the heavy handed actions of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of the central government in Madrid should be condemned. Had he been wise, he would have allowed the vote to go on unfettered since he had no intention of allowing the proud Catalans to really gain freedom from Spain. But now, with the dictatorial behavior of his government seen first hand and the overwhelming vote attained, he has himself deepened the crisis many fold.
I had a wonderful opportunity to spend some time in Catalonia in the 1970s while stationed in Germany in the Army. The region was talking independence way back then, correctly stating that they were a forgotten stepchild of the central government and that their tax burden was excessive to cover less prosperous parts of Spain. Catalonians are proud and industrious, Barcelona is a clean and vibrant city of commerce and shipping, and the combination of a beautiful coastline and the wonders of the Pyrenees with grand mountains and beautiful valleys is breathtaking. Catalonians love their land and they have been placed under an increasing yoke by the Spanish government which has remained manned to a large degree by those who supported Franco.
Catalonian President Carles Puigdemont has asked the European Union to condemn the violence, but to no avail. Isn't it interesting how the unelected bureaucrats of the EU stand silent on this while they continue to turn Germany, France and other nations into human cesspools with the excessive intake of people of questionable belief and questionable refugee status? And with Spain tied at the hip with this corrupt Brussels operation, leaders like Puigdemont are now finding themselves more aligned with the No EU movement since the utility of that body is becoming more and more clearly identified as not a friend of the people.
So, where will this lead? Well, if all indications are correct, President Puigdemont intends to declare Catalonia independent within forty-eight hours with support of the legislature, and if this takes place no one knows what Spain's next step will be. It should be to self-search about what it has done rather than firing more rubber bullets. The world and the good people of Europe, the ones who don't favor the tactics nor the policies of the EU, are watching intently. A wrong step by the central government will likely result in the EU falling even further in disarray.
For now, pray for these brave Catalonians who refused to be coerced by oppressive force. One young man in Barcelona said this was his native land's George Washington moment and it very well could be the start of just that. And now, please look at the picture of the grandmother who attended the election and decide for yourself who you think is right and who is wrong. I think the answer should be obvious.