Spanish Government Issues Veiled Death Threat To Catalan Leader

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In a quite shocking escalation of the rhetoric in Spain, a spokesman for the ruling People's Party just issued a (barely) veiled death threat to the President of Catalonia.

"Let's hope that nothing is declared tomorrow because perhaps the person who makes the decalartion will end up like the person who made the declaration 83 years ago."

For those whose Spanish history is a little shaky, here's a reminder:

Lluís Companys i Jover (21 June 1882 – 15 October 1940) was the President of Catalonia (Spain), from 1934 and during the Spanish Civil War.



He was a lawyer and leader of the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) political party. Exiled after the war, he was captured and handed over by the Nazi secret police, the Gestapo, to the Spanish State of Francisco Franco, who had him executed by firing squad in 1940.


Companys is the only incumbent democratically elected president in European history to have been executed.

Seems about as clear as it gets from Rajoy's PP to Puigdemont - Call for Independence and Die!

That does not seem to be the reconciliatory tone the market has been hoping for.

And as reports, Catalan separatists and others in Spain immediately reacted with fury to Mr. Casado's ambiguous comments.

Republican Catalan Left (Esquerra, ERC) MP Joan Tardà tweeted: "Yes, Pablo Casado, we know how our President Companys ended up, shot by the army. Does it make you happy to remind our defenceless people of it?".


Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias tweeted: "Casado says Puigdemont might end up like Companys, who was tortured and shot. Either he is ignorant or irresponsibly provocative".


Iñigo Errejón (Podemos) called on Mr. Casado to "rectify immediately or resign. They are arsonists".

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ArthurDaley-OldieTimeTrader's picture

Now there's democracy working for you! Geez you'd think Rajoy would have a brain but he's clearly clueless.

Azannoth's picture

You ask if a guy who looks like a Zombie has a brain?

Déjà view's picture

Kangaroo Court...Int'l Court Of Jusice...another corrupt 'democratic' institution...

Boycott Castilian España!

NoDebt's picture

Everybody expects the Spanish Inquisition.


MagicHandPuppet's picture

Because Spain already has the best "Democracy®" money can buy.

Ahmeexnal's picture


Arturo's picture

Zerohedgian Spaniard here. He means arrested. Nobody here interpreted that as a death threat.

Backin2006's picture

Remember the real back story: the European Union wants to divide and conquer. The only independence worth fighting for would be independence from the EU and Spain. Otherwise, Catalonia goes from being a small fish in a slightly bigger shark tank.

Backin2006's picture

The bigger political philosophy point is this, and no one likes to admit it: federalism is a timebomb.

The happiest states are unitary states: Singapore, Mongolia, Bhutan, South Korea, Iceland.

Federations are like marriages with prenups. They are hardwired to fail.

United States: having to obey federal, state and local law is an onerous task, leading to massive overcriminalisation and a monstrous growth in government.

United Kingdom: since Scottish, Welsh and NI devolution, England has been subsidising the other nations, and a lot of bitterness has ensued. Ultimately, it's a disaster waiting to happen without serious defederalisation.

Canada: BC and Ontario are leading the liberal charge and making like shitty for more conservative rural Canadians.

European Union: the most monstrous bureaucracy ever created is working to ensure that you are officiated into the ground if you try to do anything private or entrepreneurial.

The solution is unitary states, although no one will admit it.

Mr Camoron's picture

The UK is not a federal state.

WallHoo's picture

Probably he means a national(ist) homogenus unitary state.


Not a bad idea...

Ahmeexnal's picture

The UK is a dictatorial kleptocratic monarchy. Just like Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands....

Crazy Or Not's picture

Where-s the power for elite cabals and secret handshake clubs in unitary states???
... oh I get it! ;)

Arturo's picture

What about this: the Catalan government is announcing a BANK RUN just after they declare the independence. You can't make this shit up.

Crazy Or Not's picture

They'll announce it with a timeline. 2, 3, or 4 years to full Independence pending reaching certain benchmark touchstones along the way.
Still just the announcement could possibly trigger a round up that Pinochet would have been proud of in his peak. I'm hoping for some very careful wording....but I'm really not sure if Puigdemont understands what a bunch of hammer mechanics he's dealing with.

Arturo's picture

Seriously guys, you are getting all of this shit wrong.


Rajoy is just a lazy bastard. He is waiting for the other side to commit a crime to justify an arrest. He will pardom them in a few months in an attemp to contempt the separatists and continue with the status quo.

chunga's picture

I have read a few stories that Soros is behind this. Do you think that's true?

If it is, it seems logical that Madrid would be really harping on that and as far as I know they are not.

Arturo's picture

Soros was behind the alterante demonstration with the white flag (really) for the "let's talk" approach between the two known positions. If that position is the true Soros position, then he wants Catalonia to continue in Spain but with more independence.


I am a true zerohedgian and I am not really getting why you guys are in the side of the Antifa people. Catalonia is the land of the extreme-left here, demanding more rapefugees and more social free shit.

chunga's picture

I'll just speak for myself that the act of breaking away from big central govt is appealing but I have really know idea what the particular issues in this situation are.

That could be why it's popular but I really don't know for sure.

FixItAgainTony's picture

Decentralization and self-rule. With a manageable sized nation, the citizenry can demand accountability. When it doesn't happen, decorate lampposts and try again.

Don Diego's picture

ZH is now extreme left

iampreparedru's picture

Hmm sounds like California, I say let them both go and create their own Venezuela 

waspwench's picture

It is not a case of being "on the side of" anyone in this matter.    Catalonia is extreme left and I certainly would not choose to live there if they obtained their so-called independence (so-called because they wish to remain in the EU.)    BUT, if that is what the majority of Catalans want then they should be entitled to have it - self-determination.   The brutality of the police at the behest of the Madrid government is completely unacceptable as is the complicity of the EU/Brussells bureaucracy.   It is the mismanagement and brutal repression which has produced sympathy for Catalonian independence, rather than any support for their political stance.

Madrid has acted undemocratically and stupidly.   It is not even clear that the majority of Catalans do want independence as Madrid's interference with the referendum prevented the majority from voting.   Madrid should let the Catalans have their referendum and should respect the result.   I strongly suspect that they would find a majority do not support independence.   Madrid has caused this situation.   It could have been avoided.

theyogirock's picture

It is a death threat. In Spain and in Catalonia it is well known that Lluís Companys was first tortured and then executed by the Franco regime, in Montjuich (a hill overlooking Barcelona) ,in 1940.

waspwench's picture

It certainly sounds like a death threat to me.

Ex-Oligarch's picture

Arturo, "nobody" in your circle in Spain may have interpreted it as a death threat, but my Catalan friends certainly interpreted it that way.
And based on the news coverage, it seems that plenty of people in Spain also interpreted it as a death threat.

gladih8r's picture

This won't get exciting until Germany provides military support.

TheGardener's picture

German commies a plenty volunteered last time around and antifa is alive and kicking under the same old flag.

Ahmeexnal's picture

German "military support" is basically selling old diesel submarines to landlocked nations.

LightBulb18's picture

Imagine the security that guy will need for the rest of his life. I wonder if the left wants to start A fight because if the people keep talking they are going to delegitimize the ideas that control people further.

J S Bach's picture

Ahh... the hypocrazy of democrazy.

pilager's picture

Soon, they will understand Americans second ammendment. 

TheGardener's picture

Awsome picture of the guy. Does he really just have one teeth left in his unshaven face ?

tmosley's picture

Wow, these guys are admitting they are Francoists.

Who's ready for another Starving Time?

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

The Spanish havent demonstrated an ability to fight in centuries, but I do view them as a coalmine-canary in terms of sectarian conflict leading to . . . scalpings.  When this reaches our shores, there WILL be blood.

Don Diego's picture

LMAO, well, at least our fighting skills were enough to kick out the Reds... does not say too much about them.

Lumberjack's picture

Ines Arrimadas, leader of the anti-independence Catalan opposition, tweeted that demonstrators should refrain from waving fascists flags “in front of the press.”

Unionists and their supporters took to the streets of Barcelona to protest any moves toward independence as a result of Catalonia's referendum vote, with a number of demonstrators raising their right arms in fascists salutes, according to the Daily Mail.

Overflow's picture

The only problem is... that was a fake twit account.  Check the name spelling, little boy.


If that were true you'd be posting the tweet, the real thing, not an article for a shitty local tv station.


Ah, your only chance is staging fake victimistic performances, but that's useless.


Pigdemont will end like Companys as long as he repeats Company's crimes. Period.

Pickleton's picture

Catalonia is exactly why the imbecile left should not be allowed to disarm anyone.


To many threats of purges here too. 


tmosley's picture

Just thought of a good comeback for the Catalans.

"Perhaps Rajoy should be careful he does not end up like Mussolini."

It's too bad Franco didn't get brutally murdered at some point. Would have made for a better direct comparison (and also save a bunch of people from poverty and starvation).

fattail's picture

Catalona must pay a lot of money in taxes.  Its very simple.  Communities and societies will band together and merge in support of each other as long as it is beneficial to everyone.  Historically it was about personal safety and common protection.  Since those risks are no longer evident or around, what's left to bind us together has to be mutually beneficial.  If its not, and the imbalance of benefits becomes apparent and egregious enough, somebody is going to want out.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

But we have . . . DIVERSITY!  

Overflow's picture

Grow up. kid.


Territories do not pay taxes.   People and corporations do. 


The same taxes all around Spain.  You pay depending on income, not on where you live.


Regional govs. have some taxes on its domain. Catalonia has punished their ownpeople qith the highest in SPain, but that's ther own elites sucking, not spain.


Lot of national companies selling in Spain had HQs in Barcelona, and render taxes there. But those taxes were collected in all Spain, obviously.

That's why they think they are so important.  But most of those big companies has moved HQ to other parts this week, scared of Pigdemont and his crazy zombies, so that missunderstanding is solved now. LOL.



cahadjis's picture

Easily solved by Catalunya requiring the taxes collected in its territory to be paid to its government. Ok, obviously less than before, but not a big deal really.

Overflow's picture



Taxes are collected wherever the business is made.  The issue here is WHERE ARE THOSE TAXES TOTALIZED: Whereever the company has their HQ.


It was in Barcelona for many of them, and that was one of their more used fallacies: pretending all that taxes came from catalan payers. No, it was not.


That misunderstanding is now solved.

tmosley's picture

tbh you need a helicopter ride.