To Prevent Rebellion, Spain Docks Cruise Ship Housing 16,000 Riot Police In Barcelona Port

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Efforts by Madrid to stop a Catalonia independence vote, currently slated for October 1st, seem to be growing more hostile by the day.  Earlier this week Spanish police seized control of Catalonia’s finances, seeking to ensure that separatist politicians could not spend further public funds on the referendum, and conducted raids across Catalonia to confiscate ballots and campaign materials from printing shops and delivery companies.

Now, as the New York Times notes this morning, Spanish police have detained 14 people during operations conducted yesterday which included the secretary general of economic affairs, Josep Maria Jové.

The Spanish police detained more than a dozen people in the region of Catalonia on Wednesday, drastically escalating tensions between the national government and Catalan separatists. The episode occurred less than two weeks before a highly contentious referendum on independence that the government in Madrid has vowed to block.


The police raided the offices of the Catalan regional government early Wednesday and arrested at least 14 people, including Josep Maria Jové, secretary general of economic affairs. The arrests were not expected, but hundreds of mayors and other officials in Catalonia had been warned that they would be indicted if they helped organize a referendum in violation of Spanish law.


Hundreds of supporters of Catalan independence immediately took to the streets of Barcelona to protest the arrests. Jordi Sanchez, the leader of one of the region’s biggest separatist associations, used Twitter to urge Catalans to “resist peacefully,” but also to “come out and defend our institutions.”

According to Reuters, the increasingly hostile crackdown by the Spanish police has led Catalan leaders to acknowledge for the first time today that plans to hold a referendum on independence are now in doubt following the arrest of senior regional officials and the seizure of campaign material by national police.

“It is obvious that we won’t be able to vote as we would have liked,” Oriol Junqueras, deputy head and economy minister of the regional government, told local television TV3. “They have altered the rules.”


It was the first time the promoters of the referendum had acknowledged their plans were in doubt, although Junqueras said he said he was convinced voters would still turn out in numbers.


It is not yet clear whether the police operation would be enough to prevent the vote overall or if it could instead bring fresh momentum to the secession campaign.


Polls show about 40 percent of Catalans support independence although a majority want a referendum on the issue.


Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain

Meanwhile, as a sign of the growing hostility and Madrid's intentions to do all that is necessary to block a vote, Bloomberg notes that Spain has hired cruise liners specifically to mount a massive force of 16,000 police in a Catalan port.

Spain has discreetly hired ferries to be moored in the Port of Barcelona as temporary housing for possibly thousands of police specially deployed to keep order in rebel Catalonia and help suppress an illegal independence referendum.


The country’s interior ministry asked Catalan port authorities to provide a berth for one ship until Oct. 3 -- two days after the planned vote -- saying it was a matter of state, a spokeswoman for the port said by phone Wednesday. The vessel, known as “Rhapsody,” docked in the city about 9:30 a.m. Thursday, she said.


The aim is to amass more than 16,000 riot police and other security officers by the Oct. 1 referendum, El Correo newspaper reported on its website. That would exceed the number of Catalan police, the Mossos d’Esquadra, who serve both the Catalan and central governments.

the Rhapsody of the Sea cruise ship.

Still, the Catalan government says it can hold the vote, and recently announced that it had stored about 6,000 ballot boxes in a secret location. “The referendum will be held and is already organized,” Mr. Romeva said. “Clearly the conditions in which it will be celebrated are not those that we wished for.”

Separatist leaders, however, have accused Mr. Rajoy of plunging Catalonia into a state of emergency rather than negotiating the terms of a referendum.


“The issue that is at stake today isn’t the independence — or not — of Catalonia,” Raül Romeva, Catalonia’s foreign affairs chief, told a group of foreign correspondents in Madrid on Wednesday, “but democracy in Spain and the European Union.”


Mr. Romeva said that Catalonia would hold the referendum as planned, and that Catalan lawmakers would act to honor the result within 48 hours — meaning they would declare independence unilaterally if people voted for it.


“There is no alternative, absolutely no alternative,” he said. “There are only two projects now on the table: a democratic project or repression.”

Now,why do we have a feeling that placing a riot police force of 16,000 in a Catalan port, ready to pounce at a moment's notice, will not help reduce the local push for independence... 

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Budnacho's picture

The beatings will continue until morale improves...

hedgeless_horseman's picture


Putting all their fascist pigs in one boat?

Sink it.

CH1's picture

They'll be asking for it. (Maybe they want it.)

Newsboy's picture

Spanish Armada.

Empire is BACK!

Albertarocks's picture

I'm not so sure about that.  Where is the last Spanish armada?

RagnarHadAPoint's picture

Most of it sunk off the coast of Ireland. Or got sunk at the Battle of Gravelines.

Richard Chesler's picture

They need guns, not ballot boxes.

gladih8r's picture

It's amazing how easily they can find the necessary police to keep the population under control yet, thousands of muzzies keep pouring in and the government magically does not know what to do about it other than talk uselessly.

Manthong's picture


16.000 Guardia Civil are no match for 7.5 million pissed off Catalans.

And I bet there is more than one trained Catalan UDT diver in that population.



knukles's picture

More Fascist NWO
Don't worry kiddies, it'll be a greaaaat place to live. 
Now for our morning 3 minutes of hate followed by 10 minutes of Big Brother Adulation.

When are people going to wake up to the seemingly apparent fact that most folks no longer fear FuckiEMyAss camps with the current administration compared to the last?
Just sayin'  The Catalonians now get to worry about camps when all they want to do is .... Vote!

                                      I love Big Brother


sickavme's picture



The more they crack down, the worse/faster they make it... You can't fight the population... If they want to go, then let them... Otherwise ur gonna end up killing alot of people...


How best to hedge ur bets for a civil war in spain, anyone???


Also, watch, somehow it will be the US's fault....



God Emperor's picture

You all talk from your asses.

The catalans are gay loving, diversity loving , lefturds governed by Republican Left + CUP (basically Antifa's party).

Just in February 160K cataturds took to the streets of Barcelona asking for more rapefugees.

Organizer: Ruben Wagensberg (((100% catalan)))


2015 Catalan of the year Award receiver: Oscar Camps (founder of Proactiva Open Arms= NGO payed by Soros tu bus migrants over the Mediterranean Sea)

Now you know who's behind the push for independence of one of the richest regions in Spain. (((them))


BuddyEffed's picture

Is it part bluff? Instead of 16k it might just be 3. Who's counting and verifying?

ergatz's picture

Just like IsraHell bluffing it has nuclear weapons.

The Alarmist's picture

There but for the grace of God and a few tens of millions of Euros from Brussels goes the EU version of the Battleship Potemkin.

Note to Catalan separatists: You still have time to infest the rations with fly maggots and set the wheels in motion.

Viva Liberación Catalan!

DWD-MOVIE's picture

I'm making over $14k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

ByTheCross's picture

There's probably a painted scale (Plimsoll) on the exterior of the hull that indicates whether the cargo is at least 1,600 tonnes.

Ace Ventura's picture

Then why on Earth is the Spanish government so determined to hold on to such an enclave of moronic progtards? Wouldn't it be better to let them have their own libtard lemming utopia so they can descend into their own private hell and not take the rest of Spain with them?

If only those types would all move to California and do the same thing here, we might have a remote shot at rescuing what's left of our dying republic.

7thGenMO's picture

Thanks as I was wondering if Catalan secession is being incorrectly assumed to have similarities to the secession in our War Between the States.  Research on the Spanish Civil War reveals that Barcelona was a center for ultra-radical leftists.

Overflow's picture

Finally, someone making sense.


I'm astonished how ZH and most commenters here have swallowed the Catalonia independence hoax,


and hw easily they are convinced to defend the real fascist and their neo-language.  Amazing.


The independence issue is just a smoke screen to cover numbers in the broken pension funds, the insane houing prices, the crazy unemployment and, basically that Spain 2017 is Greece 2010.  


Please Zerohedgers see this video:

in 2011 people in Catalonia were so fed up with the corruption of theis governmet that they took the House of Parlament and the President and some MP had to run away by HELICOPTER!!!  Yes, like in the movies and cartoons.   A few seeks later, desperated, that president decided to embrace the independence hoax.


stayhumble's picture

God i feel bad for those guards, the pay check is nice until they dont need you any more. Then your just a traitor to your own. 

stayhumble's picture

Sooooo, Commifornia in Spain?

Vigilante's picture

Good riddance to Catalonia.

Spain can turn more to the right once they are gone

BarkingCat's picture

What do you think will happen to those Federal officials and police officials that cracking down right now but live in Catalonia?

 Treason charges after Independence?

The Alarmist's picture

As if independence will ever be allowed. That would trigger Spexit, and that would stick a fork in the EU.

LightBulb18's picture

I don’t believe that only 40% of catalinians support separation. On top of the human reaction to coercion, we have always seen the established powers distort the polls whenever there was substantial money involved. Have no doubt, the value of Spanish debt is falling like A rock along with the Spanish governments legitimacy. It simply will be much, much worse if catilonia secedes. Inherently that is the problem of all unions of unequal contributors to A unions finances, as long as the catalinians are capable of A higher standard of living by what reason would they want to continue subsidizing the rest of spains standard of living? Because the benefit of belonging to A large trade block far outweighs the inequality of individual nations people’s contributions? Its doubtful that is the case, assuming the European union boycotts catalonia in the first place, and assuming that the denial of the European union market is substantially worth giving up your freedom for. The European union may not want individual nations to split up, but it may not want to expose itself as A tyrannical power yet either. In this circumstance the EU would be supporting the tyranny of an individual state. If they are hoping for censorship, I think they continue to fail to achieve their goal. In God I trust.

ByTheCross's picture

Consider that it is not simply plebs v state, it just seems like that from a pleb's perspective.

Actually, there are many layers.

Just as the plebs are entertained, distracted, misled, so is each layer above (apart from the uppermost).

Sanity Bear's picture

Yep, "big fat target" instantly came to mind. Almost as if that is exactly what they are looking to have happen.

Don Diego's picture

100 Guardia Civil cops will be more than enough. The Catalans nationalists are the biggest pussies there is, antifa-homo-rapefugee-trans-loving. The Spanish goverment has been steadely reducing the military presence in the region, it used to be a division there, now there s only a reserve brigade as there is zero risk of a violent uprising.It is a pity really, as the Catalans were once thee most fearsome warriors of the Middle Ages, the "Catalan Company" was a mercenary force of a few thousand that under Byzantne pay kicked the Turks out of Asia Minor (they came back once the byzantines killed the mercenaries leadership and that diverted the catalan attention from Asia Minor to Greece).

If Catalonia becomes independent, they will be the first Muslim republic in Western Europe. In fact a few months ago 160.000 Catalans demonstrated demanding more rapefugees.


It is a pity so many uninformed ZHedgers align themselves with Soros and the MSM on this issue.

God Emperor's picture

You're talking about the Almogavars, those Aragon/Castilla/Catalonia mercenaries.

FYI they were mostly peasants and shepherds from the mountaneous regions of N Spain, Pyrenees mountains , and not exclusivelly from Catalonia. As most mercenaries they settled whenever they conquered, be it Sicily or Constantinople (under Roger de Flor) where even their women had to fight the ottomans and the emperor's forces after Roger de Flor was betrayed by the Emperor Andronikos II and assasinated with some of the best warriors in order to not pay them. That tells us they went with their families and colonized, never coming back.

Thus, only betas remained in Catalonia.  Then the Jews started to control things in the Kingdom of Aragon (which included Catalonia). See the infamous Borgias (((family)))  Since then the (((marranos))) are in charge.

Sic transit gloria mundi


PS The story is painted on the walls of the Mayor's Office in Barcelona, nicely done and explained by a guide.



greenskeeper carl's picture

A good point. Shows where their priorities lie - keeping their own citizens in a state of serfdom while allowing foreigners to sneak into the country and commit crimes with abandon. Fucking disgusting.

BennyBoy's picture


16,000 riot police on a gay cruise?!

Time to riot and steal every where else in Spain!

Manthong's picture


Ahora escuche esto: Llmeanter Flamenco en el Salón Principal a las 1900 Horas. 


(Now Hear This:  Flamer Flamenco in the Main Lounge at 1900 Hours.)

divingengineer's picture

Thousands of riot police on one ship? A cruise ship?

One diver with a satchel bomb could deep six 16,000 hired thugs and Madrid thinks that is a good idea?

Talk about putting all your eggs in one 'basket'. 

peddling-fiction's picture

It sounds like a false flag basket.

Probably all the undesirable police are on the ship.

Eyes Opened's picture

Any tankers or container ships in the area ??


16,000 Pigs take a bath....

Max Cynical's picture

16,000? That ship doesn't hold more than 3,000. Sounds more like a scare tactic.

Abbie Normal's picture

Reading comprehension really has taken a nose dive lately. If you bothered to read the story,  the Rhapsody is only the first of several cruise ships hired to house the 16000 troops.

Offthebeach's picture

Just hail a US Navy "Destroyer" to "cum" alongside.   It will ram the cruise ship, the Captain will be thrown out of his bunk , with the tranny chief, the affirmative action 5'2 female lesbian fat ass helmsperson will, for a hour, wonder why the white fog on the bridge windows has loud Disco....

Offthebeach's picture

16,000 cops, and equipment?  What are they all spooning like on a slave ship?

doctor10's picture

looks like Spain is getting ready to deliver a their own dose of "freedom" to the Catalans.

be a damn shame if that cruise ship suddenly sprang a leak somewhere

land_of_the_few's picture

But who exactly is trying to impose democracy on Spain, anyone seen Nudelman or McCain lately?

When does the sniping start? - usually both sides including the police get hit by unknown gunmen, then they blame the police.

Later they find out it is opposition "democratic NGOs". But everyone blames the police.

WTFRLY's picture

As the Joo World Order turns 

SWRichmond's picture

Tax slaves cannot be allowed to leave.  Period.