You Think You're Free, Catalonia? Think Again, Spain Says

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You Think You're Free? Think Again, Spain Says, Begins Preparations to Crack Down on Catalan

Written by Nathan McDonald, Sprott Money News

 

You Think You're Free? Think Again, Spain Says, Begins Preparations to Crack Down on Catalan - Nathan McDonald

 

Governments all over the world need control: they need control over "their" people, they need control over "their" money supply, and through this control they can grow their power and ability to dictate our everyday lives.

 

 

Everyone is born under a system of control in today's modern world. Arguably, for most of history, it has been this way. Sure, we are given freedoms as long as we play within our specifically defined set of rules, but just try to break these rules and watch how quickly the hammer comes down on top of your head.

 

 

This is exactly what we have witnessed on October 1st, within the Catalan region of Spain, who voted OVERWHELMINGLY, 92.1% in fact, to exit Spain and become independent. This was a nonviolent, democratic process, by a set of people of a specific region, yet they have learned the hard way that their destiny is far from their own.

 

 

The government of Spain looks at this prosperous region as theirs and the people that make up this area are their cash cows - cash cows that are attempting to hop the fence and drift off the farm. This cannot and will not be allowed.

 

 

The violent crackdown that we witnessed on October 1st showed the government of Spain's hand, but they are far from the only government that would act in this way. The global elites of both the West and the East all would act in a similar manner.

 

 

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is now taking additional steps, invoking Article 155 of their Constitution, which gives them the right to "restore the legality" of the semi-autonomous region. Which I'm sure as you can guess, means forcefully removing the "renegade" government of Catalonia by any means necessary.

 

Still, Catalonia's President Carles Puigdemont is not backing down in the face of these threats and hopes that the region can separate peacefully - a truly hopeful wish in my opinion.

 

 

This has led to civil society organizations within Catalonia to call for retaliation against the government of Spain, requesting that all citizens within the region initiate a bank run by withdrawing their funds all at once, together.

 

 

If you think this call to action is to be taken lightly, then you are forgetting one of the key elements that give the ruling class their power: their control over the fiat money supply and the banking system that keeps it going.

 

 

 

The citizens of Catalonia are going to learn the hard way just how little money the modern day banking system keeps in physical reserve. Quickly the vaults and ATMs will run dry - and then what?

 

 

I for one am hopeful that this situation will resolve itself peacefully and the people of Catalonia will be set free, as they have democratically requested, and that this will be a bright shining example of liberty and free will in a modern time. Sadly, I highly doubt that is what is going to occur.

 

 

Unless the government of Catalonia steps down on their own accord, then you can expect to see violence and blood in the streets. This action cannot and will not be tolerated by the elites of the world, lest the rest of us peasants get any silly ideas in our heads.

 

 

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You Think You're Free? Think Again, Spain Says, Begins Preparations to Crack Down on Catalan

Written by Nathan McDonald, Sprott Money News

 

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Mr Camoron's picture

Any state has the right and the moral obligation to snuff out sedition, and what the Catalan regional government is doing is, without a doubt, illegal and seditious.

If Catalonia, by some fluke,  became independent, some regions, espcially in the north of the province, would break away from Barcelona. Would zerohedgers support this, or would they support Catalonia quelling this with violence?

 

Occam's Norelco's picture

Can you think of a country in the world where Spain was the colonal power and is not a basket case? Even when the majority are Europeans? Not one Spanish-speaking country is a bona fide first world country, not even Spain, especially now. Why is there only one Portuguese-speaking country in South America? Why are there 8 Spanish-speaking ones? Separatism is part and parcel of Spanish culture and Spanish-speaking culture. Did you know that there was once a Central American Republic but it only lasted 10 years, only to break up into Guatamala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras. Yup, that speaks volumes for Spanish politics and Spanish-speaking politics. Spanish people are , overall, nice people but are very lousy administrators. Another reason why all this business will go on and on.

 

Occam's Norelco's picture

Spain, S-Pain, Hispanistan, has gone full authoritarian. Spain is like a very macho, very Catholic, abusive husband. Catalonia is like a battered wife who would like a divorce but the misoginist Spaniard refers to the constitution like Catholics referred to divine law regarding marriage. Marriage is forever no matter what. Look how that has turned out around the world. If a Basque or Catalan does not want to be Spanish, tough luck. Some fascistoid posters on ZH think that is just fine and dandy but, in the end, Spain will break up. Sooner or later. It is an artificial country, put together through military violence led by Castile, kept together through military violence. The 1978 regime has been shown for what it is: a troika of a monarchy , brought back  in by the fascist Franco, friendly fascism as  represented by PP (many of the leaders are children or grandchildren of the worst of Francoism, e.g. Soraya) and sell-out, false left, flaky, flunky PSOE. This is not going to end well. Amazing how different the commentaries are in the Basque media, not to mention Catalan media. Spanish media discusses the events from only one point of view whereas, in Basque media at least, you actually hear both sides. The Spanish media essentially is discussing who to make the Catalans pay, not whether it is a good idea. The hate is palpable though, arguably, the Sexta channel does sometimes portray different views. The other channels are rabid. Check out 24 horas channel. This probably explains why Spanish nationalists are reverting to the Spanish/Castilian way of dealing with politics: repression, arrests, beatings and if that doesn't work, shooting. It sure worked in 1936. 

Chandos's picture

This is a stupid little analogy, but I feel like putting it out there....

Your 12 year old kid comes to you and says:Dad Dad! I found this rusty axe in the garage...me & my friends - he's young so he can't say the proper 'My friends & I... lol -  are gonna take a vote and if the yes side wins, I'm gonna rip the pool open with it!....

The dad has 2 options:either he scatters the kids and prevents the vote, or he lets the little democratic exercise go along, sitting on the porch calmly but knowing full well that , whatever the results, NOBODY IS TAKING A FUCKING AXE TO THE POOL...it is sacred, in a way, as family property.

It's just an analogy...and it's getting very late.

Chhers all!

Don Diego's picture

Good call Sprott:

 

The citizens of Catalonia are going to learn the hard way just how little money the modern day banking system keeps in physical reserve. Quickly the vaults and ATMs will run dry - and then what?

 

Back in planet Earth, no lines at the ATM, no armored trucks repleneshig them, nothing, in Catalan RES.

 

Today the Spanish government will announce the dismissal of the local government and most Catalans will be happy about being delivered from those clowns, just the usual 10.000 paid demonstrators will protest.

 

 

CATALUÑA's picture

the minimum  demonstration on catalonian side this last ten years have been of 700.000 people for a 1.800.000 barcelonas population.Adding the other cities always close to 2.000.000 for a Catalunya population of 6.000.000 nobody has ever been paid for that.You can defend your opinions but please stop lying about the facts.On October 1st CNN broadcast live so everybody could see.Let the people judge by themselves

CATALUÑA's picture

the minimum  demonstration on catalonian side this last ten years have been of 700.000 people for a 1.800.000 barcelonas population.Adding the other cities always close to 2.000.000 for a Catalunya population of 6.000.000 nobody has ever been paid for that.You can defend your opinions but please stop lying about the facts.On October 1st CNN broadcast live so everybody could see.Let the people judge by themselves

CATALUÑA's picture

the minimum  demonstration on catalonian side this last ten years have been of 700.000 people for a 1.800.000 barcelonas population.Adding the other cities always close to 2.000.000 for a Catalunya population of 6.000.000 nobody has ever been paid for that.You can defend your opinions but please stop lying about the facts.On October 1st CNN broadcast live so everybody could see.Let the people judge by themselves

Adosinda's picture

The companies of Catalonia are already learning that insulting your main customers is very bad business.

We do not know the result of all this jazz, but I arrives yesterday at Madrid and there are plenty of Spanish flags in the balconies, as it would only be seen during the football World Cup. I am very happy with the reaction of Spanish patriots. Very happy.

Lost in translation's picture

Sprott.

These are the cheesedicks that canned Faber, right?

Fade these queers. Their cred = 0.

Der Libertäre's picture

Exactly my thinking. It is somewhat unlibertarian to ban someone, but I would not mind if zerohedge would ban the Sprotts from these pages.

The Old Man's picture

Well, if you have 20K Euro in a bank, in Europe, Spain, whatever,  to begin with, your a moron. Oh, I forgot, maybe there are some inclusions to that scenario. Like the US and Australia!!! I wish the citizens of Catalan just stayed home for a couple, three weeks and showed everybody else how to do it. You shut off the money supply by shutting off the labor supply. It's called FREE WILL! But nobody gets the program!

Overflow's picture

Spain is a free country. If you don't want to be spanish any more you can leave and try to get a different passport.

Kina's picture

Cue 20 years of IRA  - CRA

Domestic terrorism to become a new way of Spanish life.

Overflow's picture

We had 40 years of ETA, basque independentist terrorism.  >1000 dead.

 

Basques failed with four decades of lead and now cataclowns want to do it in a week , trying to defeat Spain fighting with twits, candle parades and victimistic videos... 

 

and ZHers going along with the charade.... LOL

jin187's picture

The specifics are meaningless. I know little about the internal politics of Spain, and care even less. What I do know is that a sizeable chunk of Spain says they don't want to be Spain anymore. If Spain were truly a free country, they would negotiate, not send jackboots to stop people from voting.

eltxamo's picture

Negotiate what, there are procedures to amend the constitution but they don't even try because they don't have the votes on MADRID, they have representation in Madrid, did you know. how can negotiate,they are not 2 states they are state goverment and local goverment but they are independentist because they have been brainwash into think they are a nation when clearly they are NOT.

eltxamo's picture

what you don't get is, the regions were granted autonomy to teach the regional languages and they used that to start the nazionalism and victimism in order to get VOTERS, this regions with languages had nationalist goverments since the democracy started again 40 years ago and they control the education and require the people to learn the local language in order to be a public servant for example. huge clientelism and favoritism in adjudication of contracts.IS money and POWER the reason of behind all this.  Andorra bank secrecy is ending in less than a year so they got to get out of Spain in order to be prosecuted.

 

2 mill voted and go to demostrations, but there are 7 mill in Catalonia so the other 5 may be Spaniars discriminated in their own country and fined for not having their shop's name written in the local language.

 

Now u know.

HRClinton's picture

If people in Catalonia had brains, they'd get 90% of their money out of the banks, while they can.

Get cash or wire it to another bank in a nearby country. It's a short drive to France, to open an account account there, and have the Spanish funds wired to France. 

If you have an HSBC account for > €20k, you can do it online from HSBC Spain to HSBC in France --  instantly. Olé, Madrid!

Smart or dumb is as smart or dumb does. 

hibou-Owl's picture

Buy Gold, Bitcoin, transfer to paypal, just get your money out of the banks.

This is going to blow up, there is no trust. Go tô cash on all transactions and strave the banks.

When hard working sector of the economy are supporting the lazy fucks, let them rot. Same as farmers in France supporting the government parasites.

Albertarocks's picture

I'm sure a hell of a lot of that is already going on.  Odds are the Catalans did not become wealthy by being stupid.  You bet they're already doing it.

Adosinda's picture

Are they really that wealthy?

Davidduke2000's picture

Before Catalonia's plan for independence Spain was on verge of civil war, now the basque region and Catalonia will team up and go to war against spain. spain won't the spain as we know it in less than 2 years.

Overflow's picture

"Before Catalonia's plan for independence Spain was on verge of civil war"

WTF? 

Davidduke2000's picture

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basque_conflict

even though the political arm called off the cessation of hostilities , the independence movement is still raging.

now both, the basque region and Catalonia will team up and leave spain.

https://www.google.com/search?q=map+of+catalonia+and+basque+region&dcr=0...

Overflow's picture

Fresh update from Spanish stage:

 

1 The "nuclear bomb" of the people of Catatonia against Spain was dropped this morning. 

Today's secessionist called  Bank Run outcome: Not measurable. LOL

 

2  Catatonia secessionist on fire, now going for Empire. Half of France, Balearic Islands and Valencia. Poor little wanabe IV Reich. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DMl96f8X0AANBe4.jpg

 

3 Expected and now confirmed: The woman in that funny Maidan-style video "Help Catalonia: Save Europe" is an actress. As most of modern theatre acress do, she clearly overacted, ruining the trick. Too many lies in the script did not help.

See her profile https://www.aadpc.cat/anna-maruny/l/es/

 

4 Meanwhile, Washington Post had to recognize they bought fake news from Catalonia referendum. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/10/19/how-fake-ne...

 

Even The Guardian passed that level few days ago and they are already finding out who these liars are and how did they recruit so many people to be used as cannon fodder. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/15/catalan-secession-incubate...

 

5 Finally, for my fellow snowflakes at ZH emotional about spanish "political prisoners" and Catatonia Revolution, a useful tip to understand spanish prepositions:

Today, Grover explains the difference between "ON" and "IN" https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DMVSvJ8X0AAIUIZ.jpg:large

LOL

 

 

you're welcome ; )

jin187's picture

If people are too stupid to separate fake news from real, that's their problem. Blaming fake news for a 90/10 vote is a copout, nothing more. Spain's reaction to them even trying to vote is literally the only newsworthy thing about this entire debacle.

I like how you dance around that fact as well. Like I said, I don't give a fuck about Spain. What I do care about it a supposedly free Eurotrash Union liberal democracy filling the streets with jackbooted thugs to steal ballot boxes, with the POTUS and Brussels breaking their arms patting them on the back. Is this what we have to look forward to in Scotland, or California as well?

Chandos's picture

I upvoted you..I think....I'm all for autonomy of culturally distinct regions, but within the fold of historically well established states.I'm somewhat uneasy with forcefully preventing people from voting but I would say, if I were Spanish: Sure, you can take Catalunya..but only from our cold dead hands you commie bastards....      Of course, I'm saying it in a 'colorful'way, but that's pretty much my thinking on it....I would ask myself as well:what would Primo de Rivera or Franco have done?

Then again, I'm not Spanish and I can't pretend to know everything about the matter.

One other thing though: I live in a province that has been fervently secessionist for about 50 years now (Quebec)....Much of our collective energies have been spent or squandered on endless debates about referendums....Yes...No...Maybe...blah blah blah. Each "No" vote on any referendum only means that secessionist forces will want another vote, and another vote....endless I said...Very draining. I'm sick of it, but as a francophone, I'm part of a minority.

Adosinda's picture

Negative comments to this informative post?

Seems that ZHers do not like to be told the truth!!! LOL.

Dutti's picture

Do you realize that this "thruthy" article is sponsored by "Sprott money"? Sprott is also the orgnization that just censored Marc Faber because he named real, but politically incorrect facts. Fuck Sprotts and their phony behaviour.