Image: An unknown person takes the Spanish flag from the City Hall of Girona and replaces it with a black one
TREVA I PAU COLECTIVO
The Peace and Truce Collective, which is a heterogeneous group of people from the world of the country’s culture, pledged to work to present and refer to values and relationships in an important and transversal way in our society, such as dialogue , respect and the understanding between the towns without violence.
When a deputy says in public: “We do not have a problem of coexistence, but of democracy,” it is falsifying the truth. When it takes two hours to enter Barcelona, when they prevent you from accessing the train station. When it is possible to avoid by force that those who want to attend class can do so and the agitators are rewarded by agreeing to substantially modify the academic evaluation calendar. When they attack you for attending a legal and legitimate act, when the streets, roads and railroad tracks have been repeatedly cut off, if we accept that due to political ideas, the traffic of goods and the movement of people in the city can be prevented border with France, then of course democracy has a problem and is none other than the destruction of coexistence, and economic damage. And if when those responsible, by action or omission, of that active or passive violence affirm that “the violence that worries them most is that exercised by police forces,” putting it on the same plate as the legitimate violence of law enforcement, We are at the beginning of an escalation that all citizens must reject publicly regardless of our ideas.
In the big cities of Catalonia, coexistence is being altered since the date of the sentence. But in rural Catalonia degradation comes from further back. A few days ago a citizen of a town in Catalonia said: “When I come to Barcelona, I breathe. In the villages, the atmosphere is completely irrespirable, ”and what he told about his daily life was that of a person pointed out by the fact of not being an independentist. And it is not a small town and he is not a picturesque Spanishist, but a recognized professional, who militated in CDC. Those who have read Homeland and Fernando Aramburu’s description of the environment that was lived in many Basque populations will have an idea of the oppressive atmosphere that this citizen described without having read the book. But even in Barcelona, two of us have been insulted and threatened in the street by people who seemed normal. And that is the serious thing: the banalization of the conflict, when not its simple denial. You cannot build a country belittling with violence those who do not think like you. That is the reality that grows in Catalonia. There is a snake egg and it is not necessary to bleach it, it is already painted by the official color, and the censorship on TV3, which at some time was a good public service. And it is a material that feeds and grows another snake egg, this in Spain, much larger.
You can’t build a country belittling with violence those who don’t think like you.
The Spanish Government and in particular the Interior Minister are accused of reducing the conflict to a public order issue, when “it is a political issue.” It is an accusation of bad faith. The conflict is political, and public disorder is one of its consequences, voluntarily sought and in no way inevitable. It is produced because a part of the independence movement believes that the peaceful way is exhausted, in the same way that autonomy was finally terminated, in order not to accept that what is liquidated and emptied of political content is independence as a concrete objective. They forget interestingly that the authorities have the obligation to address public disorders immediately, and take the time necessary to eliminate their causes. And not because peace on the streets is the most important, but because it is the most urgent, because without it freedom and, therefore, democracy disappear.
The independence movement has always been peaceful. Yes, but: first, it has eroded any idea of authority by discrediting that of the State and liquidating the Statute of Autonomy without the necessary majority, in an infamous parliamentary session, and second, it has thought that the disorder served its cause and should be tolerated, when not stimulated. Third, by wanting to increase its bases, it has made alliances with groups that advocate the continuous confrontation and liquidation of this rule of law. Today the independence movement expresses itself mostly with the language of the CUP and applies its strategy; It is politically colonized by its ideology. This is all the more serious from the moment the independence movement governs Catalan institutions and speaks officially on behalf of Catalonia.
The disorder is not tolerable in a democracy. Some of the citizens, surely the majority, reject it because it is exercised from the force. On the other hand, a government cannot bend to negotiate because citizens cannot circulate on the street. Thus, it is most likely that the continuation of violence will end up causing a no less violent response from the State, whose effects we will all suffer. We must not exclude that this is an objective sought by a part of independence. A peaceful collective such as ours unambiguously condemns that violence, as about 80 prominent Catalans have done in “In defense of the Catalan police and institutions,” and believes that the authorities, whose obligation is to protect us from its effects, should do the same.