Defiant Catalans Block Spain's Military Boats From Landing; Spain Seizes ".CAT" Domain

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Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk.com,

Spain’s plan to send boatloads of military police to Catalonia to prevent its independence referendum has backfired with dockers in two ports staging a boycott and a third refusing access.

The Express writes Police boats Blocked by Catalan ports as unrest threatens to Rip Spain Apart.

More than 4,000 members of Spain’s Guardia Civil are being dispatched to the troubled region amid concerns over divided loyalties in the autonomous community’s own police force, the Mossos d’ Esquadra.

 

Spanish authorities wanted to house the Guardia Civil officers on four cruise ships – two in Barcelona, one in Tarragona and another in Palamos.

 

But as thousands took to the streets to protest against the detention of Catalan officials, local dock workers joined the backlash.

 

The Assembly of Stevedores of the Port of Barcelona announced that workers would not provide any services to boats carrying security forces, a decision it said was taken “in defence of civil rights”.

 

Colleagues in Tarragona quickly followed suit and the Catalan government then denied permission to dock in Palamos – which, unlike Barcelona and Tarragona, falls under regional rather than national control.

 

More than 40,000 people have gathered in Barcelona to protest over the arrests and the intervention of the Spanish government in the Catalan independence vote.

 

Many of the angry protesters have been waving Catalonia’s red and yellow flag while chanting “We will vote” and “Hello Democracy!”

 

In a television address, Catalan’s President Carles Puigdemont said: “The Spanish state has by all rights intervened in Catalonia’s government and has established emergency rule.

 

“We condemn and reject the anti-democratic and totalitarian actions of the Spanish state.”

 

A spokesman for the Catalan National Assembly said: “They made a big mistake; we wanted to vote and they declared war.”

 

Catalans are split on the issue of independence but support for a vote is high and few are happy with Spanish police arresting Catalan leaders.

 

Tensions have been further fuelled by reports that some of those detained are likely to face charges of sedition, which carries a lengthy prison sentence.

Support for a Vote

The Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia (via Mish translation) notes ‘The Times’ joins foreign dailies asking for a referendum for Catalonia.

The Times joins the list foreign newspapers that support a referendum. Le Monde and the New York Times also support a referendum.

In an editorial, The Times, a historic British conservative daily, accuses prime minister Mariano Rajoy of “repression.”

The text of the British newspaper is especially blunt against the reaction of the Spanish state. The editorial maintains that Spain is in a serious “constitutional crisis” with risk of “rupture”, the greatest since “the end of the Franco dictatorship.”

The editorial also accuses Rajoy of “feeding the crisis”. The Times ventures to ask the central government to allow the referendum even if it is contrary to the Spanish Magna Carta.

Spain Seizes “.CAT” Domain

The New York Times reports In Catalonia, Spain Seizes the .Cat Internet Domain

On the same day this week that the Spanish authorities stormed the offices of the Catalan regional government, detaining at least 14 people, a less-noticed raid took place.

 

The puntCat foundation, which oversees the registry of websites with the “.cat” domain, tweeted Wednesday that its offices had also been raided and that one of its senior executives had been arrested.

 

Given the web’s rich cat history, you’d think that domain names ending in .cat would be another online feline gold mine. [But] almost all sites with the .cat suffix belong to the Catalan-speaking community thanks to the efforts of the puntCAT (“dot-cat” in Catalan), the foundation approved in 2005 to manage its registry by Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a global organization. That made it one of the first domain suffixes to explicitly refer to a language and culture, paving the way for others, when it first appeared online in 2006.

 

In a letter to ICANN, the foundation said that the Spanish authorities had asked it to “block all .cat domain names that may contain any kind of information about the forthcoming independence referendum.”

 

“We are being requested to censor content and suppress freedom of speech,” the organization added.

 

The internet naming corporation said, “We are aware of the reports about Fundacio PuntCAT, the registry operator for .CAT, and we continue to monitor the situation.”

 

The Catalan President says “We Will Vote on Independence Whether Spain Likes it or Not”.

Carles Puigdemont is the 130th president of Catalonia.

 

What follows is Puigdemont’s message in the Washington Post

 

After three centuries under Spanish rule, on Oct. 1, citizens of Catalonia will finally have the chance to exercise their right to self-determination. More than 5 million eligible voters will have the right to decide on a simple question: “Do you want Catalonia to become an independent state in the form of a republic?”

 

The way to this historic referendum was paved by a majority decision of the Catalonian parliament. In our last regional election in September 2015, pro-independence parties won 47.8 percent of the vote, which gave them an absolute majority of seats. Unionist parties won 39.1 percent of the votes, a clear defeat, while the rest of the votes went to parties that defend the right to self-determination but are not necessarily in favor of independence. So there can be no denying the democratic legitimacy of our current Catalonian government. For this reason, after making several unsuccessful efforts to agree on the terms of the referendum with Spanish President Mariano Rajoy, I initiated the referendum.

 

In stark contrast to the governments of Canada or Britain, Madrid has refused to accept this democratic challenge, and has opted instead for the path of authoritarian repression. In most parts of the developed world, police protect ballot boxes, polling stations, and voters. In Catalonia today, the situation is the opposite. Spanish security forces are confiscating ballots and ballot boxes, stripping campaign posters from the walls, and intimidating citizens. They have arrested officials of the Catalan government, tapped telephones, raided private residences, and banned political rallies.

 

It seems incredible that this could happen in Spain in the 21st century. One French journalist recently noted that the Spanish government is acting more like Nicolás Maduro’s Venezuelan dictatorship than a healthy European democracy. And consider the fact that Catalonia, Spain, and other European countries are currently on maximum alert against jihadi terrorism. Instead of working to prevent possible attacks, Spain’s police forces are working to prevent the exercise of democracy. This is profoundly irresponsible.

 

The Spanish government has also gravely violated the freedom of expression and of information. Not only has it prohibited both public and private media from broadcasting advertisements about the referendum, it has also moved to block Catalan government websites that inform the public about the vote. Madrid has even blocked proxy servers, a procedure employed by only the most totalitarian regimes. The Spanish government not only wants to keep Catalans from voting, but also to prevent them from being informed.

 

The Spanish government has to understand that its behavior is unacceptable from the point of view of democracy and civil rights. Four decades after the death of the dictator Francisco Franco, we still find that authoritarian instincts rule at the heart of the Madrid government. Respect for minorities is a fundamental human right, and the right of self-determination is an irrevocable right of all nations.

 

Our commitment to the right of self-determination and to the will of the Catalan people to decide its own future remains unshaken. The repression of the Spanish government will not be able to change that. On Oct. 1, citizens of Catalonia will exercise their right to decide whether they want to become a new independent republic, just like other peoples of the world have done before them. This is the moment of the people of Catalonia, but we are not alone in this fight. We call on democrats around the world to give support to this long struggle between freedom and authoritarianism.

 

Carles Puigdemont

I support Catalonia Independence and apparently so do most Mish readers.

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DinduNuffin's picture

catalexit? yes in theory but no in implementation

Looney's picture

 

Spain Seizes ".CAT" Domain

Dammit! I was gonna register “Schrodingers.cat”   ;-)

Looney

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

A lot of good people are sitting in Western prisons, on the run, in hiding, or too scared to speak their thoughts.

Meanwhile the truly bad run everything.

The experiment of Western liberal democracy is coming to an end.

Overflow's picture

This is for Tyler Durden and you ZeroHedgers to know who are you supporting.

 

 The so tolerant Republic of Catalonia

http://i63.tinypic.com/11vlifr.jpg

 

 

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DKV-toNXoAEUy9u.jpg

yeah, at school. Of course!!   Five years old kids claiming for the Feminist Republic of Catalonia.

 

 

https://images.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Fpbs.twimg.com%2Fmedia%...

http://www.alertadigital.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/musulmanas-e-hij...

http://elmunicipio.es/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/musulmanes-separatistas...

The multi-cultural globalist Republic of Catalonia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VND210HEPoI/Tm-WzlArkCI/AAAAAAAAARY/LtbxSIWlG9...

https://ddd.uab.cat/pub/cartellscedoc/1978/cartellcedoc_3447.jpg

The Socialist Republic of Catalonia

 

If someone wants to understand what's going on in Spain with Catalonia, this video could be a good starting point for a personal research:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25jhxc6roBI

In 2011, Catalans were so fed up of their regional government corruption that thousands assaulted the House of Parlament and made the President and some PM's to get away by helicopter.  A week later, the party inthe office embraced the "seccesion" hoax. 

 

 

ufos8mycow's picture

There goes my ideas for pussy.cat

Richard Chesler's picture

Me cago en la ostia de los gilipollas espanoles.

jaap's picture

Why not join the .ca from canadia?

J S Bach's picture

Have you ever wondered why all of the supposed "democracies" (rule by majorities) are always so adamant in their denials of secessions, plebiscites, and other referendums for independence by their "free" peoples?  Maybe they're not as free as they think.

CH1's picture

Ah, if only I had time to setup as a Bitcoin dealer in Barcelona.

BaBaBouy's picture

AND the Brits can't even pull-off a Simple Brexit ...

CH1's picture

Maybe they're not as free as they think.

Quite right. Only till they reach the end of their leash.

Chew it off and split!

MANvsMACHINE's picture

When I heard that .CAT was no longer available, I grabbed it by the .PSY

Hail Spode's picture

They are not. Its just the illusion of choice when all decisions are made in some central capital and the provences have no recourse when the central government exceeds its authority. The political struggle for the next hundred years should be Globalism vs. Localism. Localism, a philosophy of government... http://localismaphilosophyofgovernment.blogspot.com/

Déjà view's picture

España Civil War ll...

"Déjà vu all over again"...

sickavme's picture

The harder you crack down...

 

... the worse ur gonna make it.

 

Adios spain...

Stuck on Zero's picture

Amazing. The rebel alliance stopped several imperial cruise ships.

King of Ruperts Land's picture

R2D2 you must take these secret ballots to Obe Wan Kenobe.

Lets just say we wish to avoid any "Spanish Entanglements"

SoDamnMad's picture

Perhaps we take to the walls of their Embassies around the world and show them our support for Catalonia.

Go long yellow and red paint (and paint remover)

CH1's picture

Spain seizes CAT domain...

Darknet for the win, amigos!

Scanderbeg's picture

Yes, Separatism in Spain has a long history of association with left wing radicalism. So in this case the right ought to be opposing it. Fuck communists period.

The last thing we need is another pinko country and entry point for rapefugees in the Mediteranean. I hope they club these fags into submission and then erect a brand new, 50 foot statue of Generalisimo Franco over their demolished HQ.

SeuMadruga's picture

Even still, an indepent Catalonia is to Spain what a separeted California'd be to US.

Lore's picture

In addition to setting dangerous precedent for other regions in adjacent nations that might harbor anti-globalist ideas, there is a probably a lot of DEBT predicated on Spanish unity.  Hence, the banker psychopaths won't want to do anything that creates ripples in their continental debt-enslavement regime.

On that topic, notice the absence of coverage regarding this weekend's election in Germany.  Expect maximum globalist corruption in the German government to protect the Merkel regime. 

SDShack's picture

Yep, I'll just repost what I said yesterday...

"Welcome to the Hotel Catalonia....."

You all know the rest.

Scanderbeg's picture

Sure, Catalonia is Spains cash cow so of course secession would be a disaster for them. It would also encourage the Basques to follow suit. But the Catalans are mostly not right leaning nationalists. It is incorrect to interpret this as anti globalist. Catalonia has politically been part of Spain long before the term even existed.

If Catalonia left they would immediately join the EU like Scotland was planning to. The hard left would probably take power in the chaos with all the disastrous consequences that entails.

Everyone must remember that Spanish Separatism is ingrained with Communism. This is exactly what Franco was fighting against. Thank god he won or we would have had the killing fields in Spain too.

I'm an OmniNationalist and believe nationalism is generally a good thing. However it's bad if used by the left to seize power or Balkanize strong Nation-States. That's what's happening in this case. A very unique situation.

Lore's picture

Very good. Thank you.  There is an opportunity here for a movement by rational conservatives, if they can set aside their egos and make the sheeple see reason.

I'd love to spend some time in that part of the world, before it's ruined.

Teja's picture

Against Catalonia because they MIGHT be hard-left? I believe this to be highly improbable.

a) The old CDC, main separatist / autonomist party and core of the current movement, used to be centrist.

b) A democracy may err to one or the other side for some time, with correction coming after the next elections. And noone in Catalonia would dare to become undemocratic, because that would block their recognition for sure

c) People tend to become more conservative after such a large change. Look at Eastern Europe.

Btw, Franco's thugs killed between 130'000 and 200'000 people. We HAD the killing fields in Spain, thanks to him and his allies.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Civil_War#Nationalists_2

yvhmer's picture

Although I sympethize with your sentiment expressed in your post, on principle I have to disagree. The right to self determination is a inherent right of all peoples, whether it is recognized, codified or not.And whether it be communist, socialists, or others fools of political strip, it does not matter. It is a human right.

If your sentiment were to have any bearing whatsoever, the year 1776 would have been a different year all together. Just consider the argument. Federalist and anti federalist not declaring independence for being at odds with eachother concerning the political nature of their thoughts and therefore denying one to the other the advance of the best idea in ages! Yet, when it comes to seccession, the US does not have a good track record of her own, does it? And when were at it, what was it about nullification that the States have forgotten?

That being said, the Versaille treaty (1919 and codified international law) has some interesting things to say concerning self determination and people. People as in one homogenous group with the same cultural lingual and historical background. Fact is, the treaty also created the horrendous situation in the ME. Truth be told, as always, the bullies of this world never let people determine their own future. I'm not referring to Hitler, I am referring to the so called democratic leaders of them days!

The big question of our time is, what constitutes a people. 50 years ago in Europe, such a question would find a simple and quick answer, as the cultural enrichment had not yet taken off.However, ever since, yes, those making up the people, have become quite a diverse kind of people, not neccesarily identifiying themselves as the same people as the country they live in. A man or woman may happen to live in, for example, France, but not able to identify themselves as such, as their lingual, cultural and moral roots preclude them from doing so. Instead they will identify themselves as a minority people. If that miority people grows big enough, by right, their is no reason why they would not seccede and succeed.

So, basically, apart from the knee-jerk response from any government concerning seccesion, whether it is the US, The Netherlands, France, Belgium, you name it, is to kill the process by any means. Add to the mix the dire financial situation of many governments today, and you have what you see today in Barcelone and elsewhere in Catalonia. As a matter of fact, the people in Valencia, who share a certain amount of lingual, cultural and historical roots with Catalonia, still cannot comprehend why they had not been able to achieve independence after winning a massive naval battle for the crown of Spain, while a little country up north simply declared independence and fought that same crown 80 years, while earning a decent living! Anyway, separatist sentiments are abound.

If the basis of human interaction is voluntarism, then there is no reason to quell peaceful seccession. Instead, it makes it more abundant to seek cooperation on better terms. I really do hate those angry fights during a divorce!

 

yvhmer's picture

Although I sympethize with your sentiment expressed in your post, on principle I have to disagree. The right to self determination is a inherent right of all peoples, whether it is recognized, codified or not.And whether it be communist, socialists, or others fools of political strip, it does not matter. It is a human right.

If your sentiment were to have any bearing whatsoever, the year 1776 would have been a different year all together. Just consider the argument. Federalist and anti federalist not declaring independence for being at odds with eachother concerning the political nature of their thoughts and therefore denying one to the other the advance of the best idea in ages! Yet, when it comes to seccession, the US does not have a good track record of her own, does it? And when were at it, what was it about nullification that the States have forgotten?

That being said, the Versaille treaty (1919 and codified international law) has some interesting things to say concerning self determination and people. People as in one homogenous group with the same cultural lingual and historical background. Fact is, the treaty also created the horrendous situation in the ME. Truth be told, as always, the bullies of this world never let people determine their own future. I'm not referring to Hitler, I am referring to the so called democratic leaders of them days!

The big question of our time is, what constitutes a people. 50 years ago in Europe, such a question would find a simple and quick answer, as the cultural enrichment had not yet taken off.However, ever since, yes, those making up the people, have become quite a diverse kind of people, not neccesarily identifiying themselves as the same people as the country they live in. A man or woman may happen to live in, for example, France, but not able to identify themselves as such, as their lingual, cultural and moral roots preclude them from doing so. Instead they will identify themselves as a minority people. If that miority people grows big enough, by right, their is no reason why they would not seccede and succeed.

So, basically, apart from the knee-jerk response from any government concerning seccesion, whether it is the US, The Netherlands, France, Belgium, you name it, is to kill the process by any means. Add to the mix the dire financial situation of many governments today, and you have what you see today in Barcelone and elsewhere in Catalonia. As a matter of fact, the people in Valencia, who share a certain amount of lingual, cultural and historical roots with Catalonia, still cannot comprehend why they had not been able to achieve independence after winning a massive naval battle for the crown of Spain, while a little country up north simply declared independence and fought that same crown 80 years, while earning a decent living! Anyway, separatist sentiments are abound.

If the basis of human interaction is voluntarism, then there is no reason to quell peaceful seccession. Instead, it makes it more abundant to seek cooperation on better terms. I really do hate those angry fights during a divorce!

 

Winston Churchill's picture

Scotland would also have been socialist/borderline communist after independance.

P-51 Stiletto's picture

All the "Bravehearts" of Scotland left long ago for America, Austrailia, and "every port in the World".

Winston Churchill's picture

Looks like someone whose only seen Scotland as a tourist,had to downvote me.

Try visiting Greenock or Glasgow next time.

Scanderbeg's picture

I'm actually pro scottish independence simply because it will go a long way in uncucking England. Scotland is a labor party stronghold and a net taker. England would be better off without them.

BlindMonkey's picture

Looks like Spain will be better off separating themselves from that cancer.

kgw's picture

Do a wikipedia search for Jordi Pujol, past president of Catalan. . .

Here it is: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordi_Pujol#Corruption_scandals

cahadjis's picture

Irrelevant to whether a referendum should take place or not. Completely irrelevant. The spanish government was beyond stupid to handle this like this, what did they think, of course people who were undecided will vote for secession now, of course I would do the same if i were bullied. You would too probably. Such stupid immature non-real-politik behaviour.

Cloud9.5's picture

Your premise is based on the assumption that people don’t have a right to make what you consider to be a bad choice.  Contrary to that opinion they do have that right.  They also have the obligation to suffer the consequences of those bad choices.  The supposition that some distant bureaucrat has the people’s interest foremost in his mind is an illusion.  Bureaucracies’ soul and single purpose is to expand the size and scope of their fiefdoms.  Their next raise, the content of their insurance package and the hot secretary in the next cubical occupy the lion’s share of their thinking.

Still Losing Money's picture

don't confuse alt right ZHers with facts. they supported Scottish independence, which was led by the SNP - A LEFTIST SOCIALST PRO-EU sympathetic to communism party JUST LIKE THE ERC IS inCatalonia, all things that ZHers say they oppose, but then again the alt right IS more left than right

peddling-fiction's picture

As one of those people "on the run", I can add that the truly bad run everything everywhere. There is nowhere to "run to", except to do so spiritually. It is coming to an end, but it is being done on purpose, because the dialectic belongs to the other fella's minions.

Eyes Opened's picture

Catalonia needs some nukes... and QUICK !!!

Trump'll do a 2fer if the Basques order a couple also....

:-)

Diatom's picture

Extra! Extra!

Terrarizt attack in Catalonia!

ISIS claims the attack and all the usuall tv crap and comments...

True Blue's picture

So, are you saying Catalonian independence may be dead or it may be alive, and will 'exist' in both states until they open the (ballot) box and find out? Schrodinger's Catalonia -very profound.

Teja's picture

Excellent point. We might get the quantum-like case where a state both does and does not exist at the same time. Catalonia and Spain in a superimposed state...

This might be resolved when NATO sends troops to take a measurement, at which point the wave function of the Spain / Catalonia pair will collapse.

Gead's picture

I simply want to than Tyler for including the click-bait pic. For once, I didn't feel the 'gotcha'.

Looney's picture

 

Spain Seizes ".CAT" Domain

It's too late - the .CAT is out of the bag!   ;-) 

Looney

ParkAveFlasher's picture

First they came for our cruise liners, next they came for our .cat.

IridiumRebel's picture

Try .catl or .cattle

HRClinton's picture

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<-- I'd tap the gal in the pic

<-- I'll pass

 

Maximeme Q's picture

3 ways:

-Deep

-Fast

-Frequent

Sofa King's picture

Double bag, bro. She looks like she has the Chlamydia.