Sunday, 10 September 2006

I want a state for Catalonia – Vull un estat propi per a Catalunya

And this is exactly why. Read the link from the Barcelona Reporter. Another example of how intolerance and fascism is ingrained in the mainstream of Spanish society and politics.

Pepe Rubianes is an actor. He was born in Galicia, northwest Spain, north of Portugal. He moved to Barcelona and now is an adopted Catalan. A few months ago, during an interview in the Catalan TV station TV3, he made some ‘tongue in cheek’ remarks about the Spanish far right, saying, translated loosely, that “they can go to hell and fuck off”, “they can stick their sacrosanct unity of Spain up their arses”.
This, let’s remember, referred to the Spanish Fascists, Hitler’s Allies, that executed Federico Garcia Lorca, the great Spanish poet. As it is clear from the video clip, and the subsequent declarations of Rubianes, he was referring at all times to the fascists that kill Lorca. His latest play, ‘Lorca eran todos’ is about the great Spanish poet, killed by Franco’s troops in a field in Granada. His remains have never been found.

A big storm generated in the Madrid-based media. The radio network COPE, owned by the Spanish Catholic Church, and other media in the right started a campaign of hate mail and public pressure to stop his play about Lorca from performing in a Madrid’s theatre. Hate mail, dead threats and calls for a boycott in a campaign with the support of the right-wing press (COPE, El Mundo, ABC, La Razón and other smaller, regional newspapers) and the Partido Popular, the Spanish right-wing party founded by Manual Fraga, a Franco’s minister in the 70s.

Last week, finally Rubianes cracked under the immense pressure and announced that he was pulling out the show. At the same time, the regional president of the Madrid region, owners of the theatre the play was to be performed, said that he was also banning the play to be performed in the theatre.

Let’s be clear about this. Rubianes is not a supporter of Catalan independence. He has been critical of the whole independence movement before. . If anything, he is an uncompromising figure, a bit aloof, a harmless leftie. Rubianes is nothing more that a leftish actor. Yet, he has been banned from performing his play. Nevertheless, he has been criminalised by the Madrid-based right-wing press as a Catalan separatist and insulting Spain. Anti-catalan sentiment in Spain is rife and widespread, as this shameful case illustrates this again.

Now, like 70 years ago, the Spanish right bans artists because of their political ideas.
Now, like 70 years ago, the Spanish right threatens Catalonia with commercial boycotts, the deployment of the army, and the suppression of our institutions of self-government, banning artists, attacking our culture and identity.
Now, like 70 years ago, they are in a crusade to obliterate our nation from the map.

This is precisely why we need to wake up and break away from Spain. Spain is rife with anti-Catalan feeling. They hate us. They want us removed from the history books.

That’s why I want an independent state for Catalonia.


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Rab said...


I have edit my template with a link to your blogs.

Salut i República!

Tom said...

Rab - nice blog you've got here. And good arguing on BCN Reporter. It's funny the way these right-wing pricks are always so angry isn't it? It's like the concept of a world based on love, equality and solidarity makes them sick. Clearly, a mental affliction.

Anyway, have a good weekend.
Que vagi molt be. Tom.

Rab said...

Hi Tom, thanks for your comments.
Yeah, sometimes I wonder why some people are so obtuse... it's good fun though to uncover their own prejudices. I cannot stand people claiming the moral high ground -not even myself sometimes.

Top blog of yours too, I have added you to my 'Blogs in English' list. Nice to see some balanced views from an adopted Catalan. You should get a few guys from work also tuning in.

Enjoy your "hiatus"!

Tom said...

Thanks mate. I've linked back to you. I'm getting married in 13 days and am also working on a new site, hence the hiatus. I'll probably be back before too long!

Anonymous said...

Hi I support Catalonia! And you can support us too "Wu-Yueh" (the region of Shanghai). We are in the same situation, but yours is better. We cant speak our mother language in the public media. Good luck to all

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