It turns out that former Catalunia president Jordi Pujol had cashed 3% of all the Madrid payments into foreign bank accounts, he was only president for 23 years and some estimates reckon he’s creamed off €2 billion, deposited in Andorra and Switzerland, and his family including wife and two sons are also under investigation. Of course, this is the tip of the iceberg. Corruption runs rife, but especially in Catalunya it seems. Fast forward to the present and thanks to a revolving Catalan presidency, the CUP got hold of the levers of power. These guys seem more interested in suicide and chaos than the old fashioned corruption, they’ve been brainwashing 5 year-old schoolkids with hatred for their ‘oppressors’, politicized the Police force and imported half a million immigrants for block vote support. A type of political coup.
Now they can’t go independent because they don’t have any precise frontiers, aduanas, customs union, trade agreements, central bank, currency etc. What do they do with the SEAT factory that produces parts and vehicles in sync with other European countries. Barcelona cannot play in la liga, they and the players become unregisterd automatically. It’s a lot of organizing to be done before Tuesday if you ask me, LOL.
Another worrry is that the non independistas are frightened to protest, although they are a majority.
Another problem is that businesses are moving their bank accounts outside of Catalunya and the region is heamorraging large businesses like Banks and BioTech.
Everyone has a right to vote in a democracy, but no-one voted in this election because it was declared illegal by the two supreme courts, weeks before, it was a charade with people voting several times in different stations, including non Catalan people from Madrid . Police were heavy handed enough, that’s true but it was set up for the cameras, the 800 injured turned out to be 100 and only 1 hospitalized, but 434 well helmeted police were injured somehow. The arrested old Granny, it emerges later, was an activist linked to Basque seperatist Otegi, not savoury people.
So as Chris says, there’s more to this than meets the eye.
But it could be very serious, for all the country.
Sorry for the rant.