Sat. May 25th, 2019

Lessons from Catalonia

A Message From Beyond Our Shores

Ein Gwlad’s News Portal recently received this message out of the blue about Josep Goded:

In the next few months, tensions between Spain and Catalonia are expected to heighten again, including a possible implementation of the Republic during the trial against Catalan political prisoners. That’s why international presence is becoming more and more important in order to counteract the continuous Spanish campaign of fake news worldwide. One way you can prevent it is by following journalists like @josepgoded @tjparfitt @jordiborras @antonibassas who can give thousands of foreigners access to reliable news. So please, follow all of them and invite/recommend all your friends via private messages, tweets, and also on other social platforms such as Facebook to follow them on Twitter. Remember also to follow other reliable Catalan/Spanish independent journalists. Important times, perhaps historical ones, are coming soon, and a well-organized society (also on Twitter and in the media field) is needed to combat fake news, internationalize the Catalan cause, and prevent past fails seen in the aftermath of the referendum.

 

So, who is Josep Goded?

It’s unlikely you’ve heard of him, but he is doing a key job of accurately and truthfully reporting on the Catalan troubles and the country’s struggle for independence.

Josep is a 30-year-old independent journalist who is currently focusing on the Catalan conflict. Unfortunately, the national and international media are being extremely biased towards the Spanish version of the facts which has already misled millions of people across the world who are, in many cases, confused about what is truly happening in Catalonia.

Josep does not work for any mainstream media organization. He is instead challenging them while seeking the truth about what’s happening in Catalonia. We at Ein Gwlad are facing the same challenges when it comes to exposing false news and state propaganda, as we seek and report the truth in Cymru (Wales).

Freelance work is hard, completely unpredictable, and doesn’t pay well. Because of that, Josep is facing serious financial challenges. He is an independent journalist with no alternative sources of income, and he needs some minimal funding simply to find future work and pay for necessities. He sometimes needs two days, a week, or even more time to write a piece, depending on the complexity of the subject. You will also help him to be active in social media from where you will be updated on the latest Catalan news.

Bear in mind that without help, Josep won’t be able to solely focus on his journalism, and will have to take on other types of jobs in order to pay for his bills and food. If you have any questions, you can contact him at this email anytime: josepgoded@riseup.net
He usually responds to emails within 24-48 hours.

The Battle For Barcelona

The independence referendum in Catalonia has drawn praise from supporters who laud its direct democracy approach to deciding the region’s future, while critics have slammed it for being an exercise in demagogic stagecraft.

Some observers described the vote as representing the “Battle of Barcelona”, and civil war-era imagery and slogans have become a popular way of describing the latest events. Many supporters of Catalan independence, both within the region and abroad, decried Madrid for resorting to what they said were “fascist” tactics in suppressing their vote, while the defenders of a unified Spanish state and the country’s constitution said that the activists are illegal separatists intent on destroying the country. The vote itself took place amid a police crackdown as the central authorities worked to enforce a court order declaring the poll unconstitutional, and the resulting violence injured at least 800 people.

Spain Ceded It’s Sovereignty

Advocates of an independent Catalonia said that the Spanish state ceded its sovereignty on that day and no longer has any legitimate right to govern the region, while many other Spaniards disagreed with that assessment and said that the separatists were brainwashing children and using human shields to promote their political agenda. In a nutshell, the main disagreement between the two sides comes down to Barcelona saying that the independence referendum was a legitimate expression of the people’s democratic will, while Madrid decries it as a highly publicized show of demagoguery meant to mislead the domestic and international masses.

 

Spain’s False News Mill & State Propaganda Machine

Because of the global attention that was drawn to the vote and its crackdown, the issue of Catalonia is increasingly becoming an international one as the Barcelona authorities plead for foreign mediation in separating from Spain. Madrid wants to of course keep this as a purely domestic affair, but that’s becoming much more difficult now that the Catalan separatists have obtained such tremendous soft power support from Alternative Media sectors. Spain might want this to remain an “in-house” problem, but the “house” itself is broadening from that of the nominal Kingdom to the so-called “European Home” as a whole. The “Battle of Barcelona” might have started in October 2017, but it owes its roots to long-standing issues from decades ago, and the political conflict over the future of Catalonia seems to still be far away from being resolved anytime soon.


Ein Gwlad Says:

We need solidarity both within our own country here in Wales, but also with  Scotland and Ireland (and of course lesser nations like Kernow) and support from beyond our shores. We will therefore, from time to time be reporting on the struggles of our allies in other lands in our combined struggle for true, proper and total self determination – as free sovereign states. It is our basic human right to be free. Any country that has it’s own history, heritage, culture, literature and language, surely has the right to it’s own identity?

It is disgraceful that we are, in the 21st century, still ruled, subjugated and colonised by past colonial powers like Spain and England. The UK is made up of four individual nations. each one has a right to make decisions for itself, that does not mean that the UK is broken up, just that the cake is shared fairly, where we can live in peace and harmony, and not under the shadow and dictates of any other country. As the Catalonian slogan is “We are NOT Spain” so ours should be “We are NOT England”.

Catalonia has a population a smidgen over double the population of Wales. It has a variety of nationalist parties. Being a broad movement, it can be found in several manifestations in the current political scene.

The main Catalan political parties  form a broad movement — they ALL want independence. They may fight about internal policies and future directions for their country, but when it comes to the subject of independence they are TOTALLY united. Is there a lesson for us here in Wales?

We had ONE (socialist) nationalist party in Wales, then Ein Gwlad launched in August 2018. We immediately had wails, and the gnashing of teeth, ripped sack cloths and ashes over heads, borne of illogical fear from the usual doom mongers that this would kill the nationalist movement in Wales – because it would split the nationalist vote.

How short sighted and narrow minded can you get? With only 20% (at best – in fact the figure is much different when based on the numbers that actually turn out to vote). That small figure voting for the traditional nationalist party is partially  because not all are supporters of the traditional party’s Labour style socialist policies. That leaves the door open for nationalists of other persuasions to mop up more votes for independence. Catalonia on the other hand see things far more pragmatically and fundamentally different. They have variety within their nationalist parties, but when it comes to independence they all band together under that banner. Isn’t that the healthy way forward for us here in Wales?

Here are some of the nationalist parties in Catalonia:

  • Catalan European Democratic Party (PDECAT),
  • Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC),
  • Socialists’ Party of Catalonia (PSC),[2]
  • En Comú Podem (ECP) and Popular Unity Candidature (CUP)

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