Madrid Vows to Block Catalan Independence

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Madrid Vows to Block Catalan Independence

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

State-sponsored street violence tried preventing Sunday's referendum from taking place. It may have been prelude for harsher measures ahead.

Fascist PM Mariano Rajoy announced his intention, saying "(i)f anyone plans to declare the independence of part of the territory of Spain, as he can't since he does not have the power to do so, we would have to do everything within the law to impede this."

The "law" apparently is whatever he says it is, including unleashing thuggish police in virtual combat gear against nonviolent Catalans exercising their right to vote, injuring hundreds, some seriously.

Asked if Article 155 of Spain's constitution will be invoked to suspend Catalonia's autonomous status, Rajoy's justice minister Rafael Catala said "(t)hat is a tool that is there."

"We have alway
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