Ever since he was photographed using tax payers’ money to kill elephants, life has taken a queer turn for the worse for Spain’s old King Juan Carlos. He has since stepped aside, allowing younger royals to handle the country.
However, it seems that the age of fascism and General Franco have not gone. The once squeaky clean [apart from one juvenile murder scandal] royal family of Spain have successfully managed to turn millions of the richest tax payers on Spanish territory against them.
The mass arrests of democratically elected officials in the Catalonian capital of Barcelona show for sure that the King of Spain has rather stupidly outlawed democracy!
Yesterday, the royals ordered the Spanish national police to bash in the doors of ministries and buildings belonging to Catalonia’s regional government to put a stop to the region’s independence referendum… Yes, that’s right – a DEMOCRATIC referendum.
Whoever the legal advisors of the Spanish Royals are, they seem to have forgotten that the International Laws on Human Rights do not allow innocent people who are engaged in democracy to be arrested for ‘arbitrary’ reasons.
Catalonia is the richest region in Spain – it has its own flag, its own cuisine, its own well established language and its own world famous superstars – such as SALVADOR DALI.
The woefully corrupt Guardia Civil, which acts with the authority of Madrid’s interior ministry, is searching for evidence regarding the planned 1st October referendum on Catalan independence, which Spain’s Constitutional Court has declared ‘illegal’. Of course, the referendum is the result of a legal democratic process in which millions of Catalans are pretty sick to their eye teeth of having all their wages stolen in high taxes to prop up the rest of Spain.
In the early hours of the morning, armed officers arrived at various Catalan ministries, including the economy department, foreign affairs department, and social affairs department, truncheons at the ready.
At least twelve Catalan officials are said to have been arrested, including the chief aide to Catalonia’s deputy prime minister, Josep Maria Jové. Their crime? BEING DEMOCRATS!
The arrests have come as the mayors of Catalan towns who support the referendum were yesterday questioned by state prosecutors.
Famously, the mayor of Barcelona is a lady who was a champion of the People during the dreadful and unnecessary Austerity WAR AGAINST THE POOR – she blocked bailiffs from seizing people’s homes during the fake economic crisis – and subsequently became the mayor of Barcelona.
Well, the choice timing is not just to halt democracy from taking place on October 1st, but this illegal use of fascist powers also provides a convenient shooting decoy of a deep rooted banking scandal which has muddied the reputations of the jet-set younger Spanish royals.
A leaked text conversation between Spain’s Queen Letizia and a businessman embroiled in a banking scandal has caused a furore, as King Felipe VI attempts to revive the scandal-hit monarchy.
In the text conversation, the queen pledges her support for Javier López Madrid – a close friend of the king – and calls him her “yoga mate”.
The iMessage conversation, revealed by the online daily eldiario.es, dates back to October 2014. The businessman is among dozens accused of personally misusing bank funds.
The scandal allegedly involved executives and board members at Caja Madrid and Bankia – the group whose near-collapse provoked an EU bailout of Spain’s financial sector – use credit cards given out by their employer to spend about €12m (£9.3m) on themselves.
“I wrote to you when the story on the credit cards came out,” Letizia wrote, according to El Diario. “We know who you are and you know who we are. We know each other, like each other, respect each other. To hell with the rest. Kisses yoga mate (miss you!!!)”
The Guardian in London have put the entire scam in perspective and surprisingly provided readers with hot links to the various scandals.
The free media in Spain have extensively covered the embarrassing days when Princess Cristina gave evidence in a corruption case which centred on her husband’s business dealings – this was the country’s first member of the royal family to face criminal charges since the monarchy’s 1975 restoration. Hardly qualifications for a family which is now outlawing democracy.
The recent Catalan arrests are the worst PR gaff I have seen for a long time – it ranks alongside the assassination of Princess Diana. There can be no doubt that this case has sullied the reputation of the monarchy and become a symbol of perceived corruption and greed among Spain’s elites. Spanish social media users have revelled in the royals’ embarrassment about the banking scandal, and the BBC in London are doing their best to stop telling anyone that fascism is alive and well in British holiday makers’ favourite holiday paradise.