Spanish PM Rajoy Blasts Catalans' "Mockery Of Democracy", Says Spain "Responded With Firmness, Calm" Injuring 761 People

Update: With the injury count now at 761, according to El Mundo, here are the headlines from Rajoy's address as he bagen: Catalonia's unauthorized independence referendum "is a mockery of the very essence of democracy," Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says.

Speaking from the Palace of Moncloa, his official residence in Madrid, Rajoy said "there has been no referendum of self-determination in Catalonia today".

  • *RAJOY SAYS MAIN OBLIGATION IS TO FULFILL LAW
  • *REFERENDUM ON SELF-DETERMINATION DIDN'T TAKE PLACE: RAJOY
  • *CATALAN POLITICAL DEMANDS MUST BE MET THROUGH DIALOGUE: RAJOY
  • *MAJORITY OF CATALANS HAVE SHOWN THEY RESPECT LAW: RAJOY
  • *SPANISH GOVT RESPONDED WITH FIRMNESS, CALM: RAJOY
  • *SPAIN HAS FULFILLED DUTY ACCORDING TO LAW: RAJOY
  • *RAJOY THANKS SUPPORT OF EU, INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY (which is now over!)
  • *SPAIN SHOULD SEEK TO REBUILD COEXISTENCE: RAJOY
  • *RAJOY THANKS POLICE FORCES FOR LOYALTY TO SPANISH STATE
  • *RAJOY TO SUMMON PARLIAMENTARY PARTIES TO REFLECT ON FUTURE

A total of 761 people were injured in violent clashes with police during Sunday's disputed referendum on Catalonia's independence from Spain, the Catalan regional government reports.

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Four days after meeting with President Trump, who 'hoped' Spain would stay 'united' and that "secession would be foolish," Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy is set to address the nation to explain why he sent his brutish military into Catalonia to stop people of his nation from exercising their free will to vote, injuring over 400 in the meantime. 

The Spanish government has opposed the referendum, deeming it “illegal” and “unconstitutional”.

Political leaders outside Spain had publicly backed Rajoy to enforce the law ahead of the vote.

Here was Trump and Rajoy last week...

President Trump said Tuesday that the United States opposes an independence drive in the Spanish region of Catalonia, telling reporters that such secession would be “foolish.”

“I think Spain is a great country, and it should remain united,” Trump said during a news conference with the visiting Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

The president's remarks mark a departure from the official position of the United States, which, as recently as Monday, was that a planned nonbinding Catalonia referendum Sunday to separate from Spain was an internal matter.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert had said earlier this month that the United States took no position on the referendum.

"We will let the government and the people there work it out, and we will work with whatever government or entity that comes out of it,” Nauert said.

But images of Sunday’s crackdown tested that backing...

“It’s a huge PR disaster for the Spanish government. It’s hard to justify the police beating up people,” said Angel Talavera, an analyst at Oxford Economics in London.

 

“We are going to see the secessionists start to try to win more international support. They will present the events as evidence for their thesis that they are up against a repressive regime.”

Political leaders were joined by celebrities.

“Violence can never be the answer!” Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michelsaid on Twitter. “We condemn all forms of violence and reaffirm our call for political dialogue.”

 

U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted that “police violence against citizens in Catalonia is shocking. The Spanish government must act to end it now.”

 

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowlingtold her 12.7 million Twitter followers that the violent images were “repugnant and unjustifiable.”

 

Former Barcelona FC captain and Spanish national soccer team player Xavi Hernandez said it was “unacceptable that in a democratic country the people cannot vote.”

And tonight's live feed from Rajoy to explain the debacle that is occurring in Barcelona and across the region (due to begin at 1415ET):

Remember, as we noted yesterday that "if Catalonia secedes from Spain...in terms of the debt sustainability parameters laid down by the Treaty of Maastricht, it’d be the Eurozone debt crisis 2.0..."

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Manthong Manthong Sun, 10/01/2017 - 15:28 Permalink

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What they need is a good declaration of independence and constitution. I know where they can find the full text to pretty good ones on-line. They just need to change the dates and they are in business. I wish our US government would follow all of those kinds of principles and understood the meaning of the term  “enumerated powers”.

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SumTing Wong Manthong Sun, 10/01/2017 - 15:38 Permalink

I was at a conference last week, talking to a guy from the Bundesbank at a coffee break. He kept reiterating how important it is for the EU to stay together. The crazy Brits, those Catalans just don't know what is good for them. He completely misses the point that it is up to the people to decide what is good for them individually. Of course all statists miss that point, whether Rajoy or Obama or Hillary or Trump or George the 43rd. When do we get to decide on independence in the US? Oh yeah, damned Lincoln.

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Manthong MagicHandPuppet Sun, 10/01/2017 - 16:54 Permalink

  “damned Lincoln”  Yep, up to 750,000 Americans would not have died in the War Between the States if Lincoln had not been such a staunch abolitionist and was determined to free the slaves. “If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that.” -Abraham Lincoln Lincoln, the Presidency, and Prudence: Restoring the Union and Ending Slavery https://youtu.be/txCHW5AuUtw BTW… BLM, black malcontents and white virtue signalers everywhere, go research which political party did the most to abolish slavery and establish black civil rights in the US. Not that I am crazy about Republicans, but it was not the KKK Bobby Byrd Democrat party. http://russp.us/racism.htm 

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MoreFreedom MagicHandPuppet Sun, 10/01/2017 - 20:00 Permalink

"People never like it when the true violent and self-serving nature of goobermint becomes revealed in such an indisputable way that only the mentally ill can deny."Rajoy, like a lot of politicians, denies the violent nature of government, and then claims voting is a mockery of democracy.   I don't think he's mentally ill, instead he's just a self serving liar willing to say what obviously isn't true, because (as Lincoln pointed out) you can fool some of the people some of the time, and you can fool some of the people all of the time.  It's just like "You can keep your plan" etc.Besides, they don't want to lose a lot of serfs and their tax revenues.  That's what it's all about - money and power.

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Richard Chesler BennyBoy Sun, 10/01/2017 - 16:38 Permalink

Some remarkable similarities,

"In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality was tacitly denied by their philosophy." - George Orwell 1984

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Scanderbeg rubiconsolutions Sun, 10/01/2017 - 16:01 Permalink

The Generalisimo would have just rounded up the ringleaders and have them shot. These people are Marxists and need to be put in their place. They're like SNP but even worse and "Independence" would be followed by total capitulation to their EU masters, more Socialism and more "Refugees".They have no right under Spains constitution to declare independence as it is a federated system and requires an amendment ratified by the other regions. If the Vagina Helmets in California tried to secede you would see the same response because just like Spain they don't have any legal right to do so. Regarding so called  "Democracy" I agree. A pure Democracy is among the worst systems of government because it enables a majority faction to infringe on the rights of the minority and individual rights. All of the problems in Europe today are precisely because of Democratic Socialism. It has facilitated a EU dictatorship because left wing coalition governments can always gerrymander the results and still retain power."Self Determination" in this case is a farce as well. The radical left doesn't believe in borders or nations. They seize power in order to dismantle them. Catalan independence has its roots in anarchist and marxist trade union movements. These are the same forces which would have brought communism and the killing fields to Spain. Don't be fooled.

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giovanni_f BaBaBouy Sun, 10/01/2017 - 14:29 Permalink

In a situation like this, it is always refreshing to hear the Dotard-in-Chief on the other side of the Atlantik has still time left to offer his dispensable point of view on Europa-internal matters despite being busy with trying to deal with the scandalous incompetence of his team in  charge of helping the people hit hard by hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

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BlindMonkey Sun, 10/01/2017 - 14:16 Permalink

Rajoy may be the poster boy but you know damn well he has run this by Merkel and Macron.  The ECB must be protected at the cost of an unlimited amount of Southern Europe's blood.