Catalans are being brutalized while the democratic world is – as usual – silent.

Catalans are being brutalized while the democratic world is – as usual – silent.

By Joshua Tartakovsky, October 1 2017

The democratic world is watching in silence as the people of Catalunya are being brutalized by the Spanish Civil Guard. This is not good for anyone. Whether people oppose or support a referendum, you cannot send a police to beat up old men, women and children.

Francism is rearing its ugly head, both in popular displays in the street, and in the violence of the Guardia Civil.

Will Theresa May speak up? The UK imposed an arms embargo on the helpless Republicans in 1936. Will Italy speak up? It was Italians pilots who bombed Barcelona. How about Angela Merkel? Will Russia send arms to the Catalans after Stalin allowed the young independence movement to die? Barcelona does not have oil, so Putin is not interested.

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