Catalonia riot police turned on a loyal dog that refused to leave its owner’s side as he was dragged along the ground amid violent scenes outside a polling station today.
Shocking footage of bloodied voters has been coming out of Catalonia throughout the morning with riot police taking to the streets amid a bid to stop the “illegal” independence referendum.
The latest incident, which was filmed by a member of the public, shows armoured cops manhandle crowds of people and even target a dog that refused to run away from his injured owner.
Czech scientist Lubos Motl has a detailed roundup of what's happening. It appears that the Guardia Civil police have not just beaten hundreds of Catalonians and attacked schools, but have seized the ballots. The Spanish government says that the referendum is "illegal". To Motl, it reminds him of the "Velvet Revolution" of 1989:
Julian Assange's Twitter account contains a remarkable collection of the Spanish police brutality – which already exceeds the riot police's violence against the students in Prague in November 1989 – which was enough to ignite the Velvet Revolution – by orders of magnitude.It's hard to see how the Spanish government can claim any legitimacy in Catalonia after this. Our own country's credo was penned by Thomas Jefferson in 1776, but has world wide recognition. In it, the following is the one that comes to mind:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.I'm not sure that Catalonia needs to do that now. A picture is worth a thousand words:
For you, look this pictures today... pic.twitter.com/RUDm5zWOQa— mireia (@DegeaMireia) October 1, 2017
And the Spanish government now is faced with answering a later challenge from our credo:
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.It seems that the Catalonian independence movement are a bunch of loony socialist EU suck-ups, but Madrid has now made them the only voice of legitimacy in the region. None of the talk about the legality of the election will make any difference now.