Catalunya and the libertarians. Conversation with Embat about the Catalan crisis.

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(en) anarkismo.net: Catalunya and the libertarians. Conversation with Embat about the Catalan crisis. by José Antonio Gutiérrez D. (ca, it, pt) [machine translation]

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The past few weeks have been hard in Catalonia. The images of the crowds protesting the sentences for “sedition” to former members of the Generalitat, and the subsequent repression, have gone around the world. That the wave of protests that travels around the world reaches a corner of Europe and exposes the system in its violence, stripped of its democratic pretensions, is a remarkable fact. With its own modalities, with its limitations, and with its specificity, Catalonia is also demonstrating the crisis faced by capitalist democracies in the supposed “end of history.” To understand this moment a little better, we talked with members of the Catalan libertarian organization Embat.

1. What does the “procés” judgment issued by the Supreme Court mean?

The sentence condemns between 9 and 13 years to various politicians who in 2017 were part of the government of the Catalan Generalitat. They are condemned for “sedition”, although the penalty of “rebellion” has fallen which, according to the Spanish Constitution, would require a violent uprising against the state. The sentence has wanted to be exemplary so that it is not repeated again. As an anecdote, it appears written in the sentence that a counselor of the Generalitat was in charge of the Department of Education when it was not, so it should be an invalid resolution. In addition, the president of the Catalan parliament is condemned for allowing the debate where the independence resolution was voted. This limits the autonomy that any parliament could have within Spain to discuss the issues you want.

Finally, the leaders of the civil entities Assemble Nacional Catalana (ANC) and Òmnium Cultural are sentenced to a sentence of 9 years in prison. This conviction is for getting into a police car to call off the demonstration that was warming at that time. They sent people to their house and condemned them. This raises a jurisprudence towards social and trade union movements, since any concentration, however peaceful and calm, could be considered seditious by the authorities. And if there is violence, it can be treated as a crime of rebellion, with sentences from 10 (to mere participants) to 30 (to inductors or leaders) years in jail, depending on the degree of responsibility or involvement of each.

It can be seen that in order to condemn these political and social leaders, the Supreme Court passes over justice to take revenge.

2. How was the protest of the Catalan population? What sectors have been mobilizing and who have organized or called the protest?

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Message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton

Dear All

Two upcoming events to tell you about:

Firstly: Thursday 24th October at the University of Southampton room 2005 at 6pm Talk by Professor Haim Bresheeth One State in Israel and Palestine. Professor Bresheeth’s work is a major contribution to the way forward for Israel Palestine. A quote from Professor Bresheeth:

“Most of my family was destroyed in the holocaust – in different concentration camps and in the Warsaw ghetto and I was born in a refugee camp in Italy immediately after the war… I’m not saying this in order to elicit some sympathy because this is nonsensical on this audience [mostly Jewish] obviously. I’m saying this in order to explain why its so easy for me to understand the Palestinians in Gaza and in the rest of Palestine. It is very easy for me to understand them because they live in a combination of a concentration camp and Warsaw ghetto for so many years that we have stopped counting”

For tickets go to eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/one-democratic-state-in-palestineisrael-a-talk-by-prof-haim-bresheeth-tickets-76948782881

This is a free event, organised by our chairman Professor Suleiman Sharkh and everyone is welcome.

Secondly: Saturday 26th October come and join us outside Sports Direct in Central Southampton. We will be there from 11.45 until 1.30 .

Give Puma the Boot. End Sponsorship by Puma until it ends its sponsorship of the Israeli Football Assocaiation. We will have letters to sign and leaflets to distribute. Come and help.

Please remember to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/southamptonpsc/

Warm regards
Cathryn Spiller (Secretary Southampton PSC)

Rioting, Legislation and Estate Demolition: A Chronology of Social Cleansing in London, 1999-2019

Architects for Social Housing

Mounted police charge Poll Tax demonstrators in Trafalgar Square, London, 1991

‘We show respect to everyone — to each other, the general public and to the government and police. We engage in no violence, physical or verbal.’

— Extinction Rebellion

1990  Did the UK Poll Tax demonstrations in 1990 mark a watershed in the relations between governments and crowds? Certainly not in the violence used by the former. The troops of baton-wielding police who rode their horses into the packed crowds on Trafalgar Square were the same who charged the picket lines of striking miners at the Orgreave coke plant in 1984. And certainly not in the lies the government used afterwards to justify that violence. What Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher denounced as ‘Marxist agitators and militants’ using the Poll Tax demonstrations for their own political ends echoed her description of the 1981 uprising in Brixton against unemployment, cuts to public spending and police racism as a ‘fiesta of crime, looting and rioting in the guise of social protest’ — with both demonstrations subsequently imprinted on public perception as ‘riots’. Perhaps the difference, then, was that, where the violent suppression of the miners’ strike and the Brixton protests that spread across the UK had little impact on Thatcher’s reign, the Poll Tax demonstrations are credited with bringing down a Prime Minister who had ruled over Britain for 13 years.

What it didn’t end, however, was

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Urgent: Miguel Peralta Being Denied Normal Visiting Hours as Punishment for Hunger Strike

Voices in Movement

21st September, 2019

Denunciation against the prison director in Cuicatlán, Oaxaca, Martin Porfirio Reyes Magdaleno, for violating the visiting rights of Miguel Peralta and for harassing his visitors.

After pressure exerted yesterday against the prison director in Cuicatlán, Martín Porfirio Reyes Magdaleno, demanding the entrance of a compañera to leave Miguel with the serum and honey necessary to continue his hunger strike, today again we denounce that Miguel’s visitor was removed from the prison after just one hour, when the visiting hours in the prison are Wednesday through Sunday 9-5.

This took place in spite of the fact that Miguel was put into isolation in exchange for his normal visiting hours. However, the director didn’t fulfill this agreement. Miguel is isolated and they are not letting his visitors stay for the duration of the normal visiting hours.

Furthermore, the compañera visiting Miguel today was harassed by the director of the prison, telling her that it was better if she visit him, the director, and not Miguel.

We invite you all to maintain attentive to Miguel’s situation, as the attitude of the authorities clearly hinders the accompaniment of Miguel during his hunger strike.

We invite you all to pressure the prison authorities by calling +52 1 236 374 0313, demanding Miguel’s rights be respected.

If it is possible to call the National Human Rights Commission to make a denunciation, that would also be helpful.