Catalan premier affirms right to independence from Spain, but delays formal declaration

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ALEX LANTIER—But the Catalan separatist bourgeoisie and its middle-class allies offer no democratic or progressive alternative. They seek a separate capitalist state in order to establish more lucrative relations with the imperialist powers on the basis of more intense austerity, using Catalan workers as cheap labor to attract foreign investment. They whip up Catalan nationalism the better to divide the working class and exploit their “own” workers.

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2 thoughts on “Catalan premier affirms right to independence from Spain, but delays formal declaration

    Felix Quigley • 7 hours ago

    So Puigdemont and his people in the leadership of the Catalan national movement decided to go for some caution and that was understandable. But not renounce the October 1 Referendum which wsws is attacking like the Fascists are doing throughout Spain. Ranged against him are the forces of the EU and the US. No country in the world has the guts to stand up and support this tiny nation. Also waiting in the wings are the police, the army from their exploits in Afghanistan in the wings, the agent provocateurs in place, and the navy in the harbour.

    it is easy for the fake left CUP to pose as the great “warriors” but they have no strategy to meet these forces.

    The position of Trotskyism however must be different. Trotskyists must stand without ambiguity on the side of this small and oppressed nation. This is exactly similar to the 1916 Rebellion in Dublin Ireland. There the Irish Rebels too were isolated but Lenin and Trotsky stood with the Rebels. Sure the Rebels were not a Leninist party, were indeed seeking a capitalist Ireland, but they were still fighting British and World Imperialism and they had to be supported and defended which Lenin and Trotsky did do.

    There is no sympathy at all from the wsws for the Catalan national movement. There is deep hostility.

    The wsws leaders see the Catalan national movement as an inconvenience.

    The position of the writer of this article is best seen in his last paragraph when he refers to the role of Podemos…

    “Podemos General Secretary Pablo Iglesias applauded Puigdemont’s decision to suspend independence. He asked Rajoy to negotiate based on the recognition that “Spain is pluri-national and the Catalan people deserve to be listened to.” ”

    I will show that Iglesias in saying this is in fact defending once again the 1978 Constitution which constitutes the chains enslaving the Catalans today.

    Saying that Spain is “pluri…national” (strange phrase) is very reminiscent of the trickery that brought about the 1978 iniquitous constitution. The leading PSOE negotiator of that time, from even before the death of the dictator up until 1978, introduced into the intense discussion a similar phrase to that of Iglesias, that Spain was a “nation of nations”. In other words a nation made up of nations. Pure trickery! It was all based on deep calculation by the Fascist forces still existing, by the betrayals of the Stalinists like Carrillo, and of course by the nationalist bourgeois and profit seeking national leaders like Jordi Pujol. But bit by bit, then accelerating, the Catalans have come to see the great mistake they made in 1978 by signing that horrific document. In the meantime there has been the rise of the EU and all of these forces drive towards a limitation of rights. Iglesias is like a Carrillo of that period leading up to December 1978.

    In fact the 1978 Constitution is the real enemy and all those who are upholding this 1978 trickery are the real enemy, not the nationalists of Catalan who are running up against this force and all it represents. The wsws in so attacking the Catalan nationalists have turned everything on its head. In fact these gentlemen and gentle ladies have lost their heads.

  2. The Peoples of Spain do not want the People of Catalonia to play a leading role among the Peoples of Europe.

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