Jordi Garcia-Petit. 11/03/2021
The streets will always be ours ”- they have said and galled – proclaiming with this synecdoche their intention to totally dominate the space, everything: the consciences, the institutions, the crowds, the ballot boxes, the whole of Catalonia. And they will discover – if they want to find out – that the streets, if they are not owned by the State, which is responsible for the legitimate use of force, will be owned by the most violents, whether they are from their own litter or from wild litters.
The secessionist leaders who occupy the offices of the Generalitat do not know what to do with the vandalized streets. Their (democratic) duty is to restore public order, for which they have the State apparatuses in charge of that function: the Mossos d’Esquadra and the powers of the Department of the Interior. But they do not know how to use them, and, if they did, they would be afraid to do so.
They suffer from the “Stockholm syndrome”, they have allowed themselves to be kidnapped mentally and emotionally by the radical promoters of delusions (CUP, ANC, Òmnium…) and they have developed a strong dependence on their captors, who will label them as traitors, if they comply as the public authority that they are.
With their fears and incompetence, they have managed to stir up the “living forces” of the country, among which are some of “their own.” The direct cost (material damage) and indirect cost (moral damage) of street disorder, which its irresponsible laziness encourages, has caused – it was time – the spontaneous uprising of businessmen, unions, business associations and civil entities demanding the restoration of public order in the streets, which should not have to be required because it is something elementary in a rule of law.
As the only political response to the disorders, ERC, JxCAT and CUP, while negotiating to form another pro-independence, later sectarian government, speak of reviewing the “police model”, of further unprotecting the public servants who play it in the street for them and for all of us.
And, at the same time, the ANC invokes 52% – artfully concealing that the independentistas have dropped by 700,000 votes compared to the 2017 elections – to insist on “non-violent confrontation” – ignoring that the confrontation is violent ” per se ”-, in“ institutional disobedience ”and in a (new)“ proclamation of independence ”, demanding it from the institutions of the Generalitat.
That is the reality of the absurd dominance of independence: being in the clouds and putting institutions at the service of illegitimate objectives.
The ultimate consequence – the loss of control of violence – has now exploded, but the problem is fundamental and is inherent to the process.
They have set up an immense shed occupying all the plots of autonomic power in Catalonia, which is state power, and they have tried to build “state structures” other than those they already possessed as autonomous power. They have broken the principle of authority and discredited the institutions under their charge. All this due to the illusory construction of a State, without knowing what the State is. The really existing State, the Spanish State, has had to intervene to reestablish the constitutional and ordinary legality that they violated, and they call this forced “repression” intervention, without knowing how to repress those who violate public order in the streets in an organized way: thirteen nights for Hasél, hundreds of nights on Avenida Meridiana in Barcelona for Junqueras and the others. They “declared” a unilateral independence with great emotional effect and then went home – except for those who fled – awaiting the reaction of the State. They believed that their “independence” would have some international consequence, and it only figured in the chronicles of events. This is not how a State is “made”. They act like dilettantes. And that is what their followers should discover, once and for all.
A state is an organization of sovereign power on a territorial basis, and it really exists when that power effectively controls “the street,” as a metaphor for the whole.
Not only have they not understood what the State is, they do not even understand its manifestation as an autonomous power. The sooner they are democratically deprived of autonomous power, which they do not know how to use, the better for the Catalans, who are the ones who suffer directly from their ignorance and incompetence.