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Catalonia vs Corrupt Monarchy

by the First Source News MediaOctober 29, 2017

Is it time for the corrupt monarchy of Spain in Madrid to be ousted and replaced by a democracy like every other EU member ?

 

 

 

 

 

The history is simple, Aragon was what is now referred to as Catalonia.

 

Francisco Franco Bahamonde was a Spanish general who ruled over Spain as a military dictator from 1939 until his death in 1975

 

Franco’s relationship with Hitler began on the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. Franco appealed to Hitler for help. Hitler sent planes to help and Franco consolidated power.

As a return favor General Franco gave list of Spanish Jews to Nazis. The Spanish dictator, General Francisco Franco, whose apologists usually claim that he protected Jews, ordered his officials to draw up a list of some 6,000 Jews living in Spain and include them in a secret Jewish archive.

 

General Francisco Franco, however, set out to destroy Catalan separatism and with his victory at the Battle of Ebro in 1938 he took control of the region, killing 3,500 people and forcing many more into exile.

 

As a result of this relationship, in 1940, General Francisco Franco changed Spain’s time zone, moving the clocks one hour forward in solidarity with Nazi Germany. They continued to eat at the same time, but because the clocks had changed, their 1pm lunches became 2pm lunches, and they were suddenly eating their 8pm dinners at 9pm. After World War II ended, the clocks were never changed back.

 

For many Spaniards, living in the wrong time zone has resulted in sleep deprivation and decreased productivity. The typical Spanish work day begins at 9am; after a two-hour lunch break between 2 and 4pm, employees return to work, ending their day around 8pm. The later working hours force Spaniards to save their social lives for the late hours.

 

Not much changed after Franco’s death. A referendum on the law of succession was held in Spain on 6 July 1947. The Law of Succession (Ley de Sucesión en la Jefatura del Estado) stipulated for the revival of the Monarchy of Spain since this year. The law appointed Francisco Franco as Head of state for life until Franco’s death or resignation, and allowing him to appoint his successor as a King or Regent of the Kingdom.

 

Franco made King Juan Carlos I his successor, who led the Spanish transition to a so called “democracy.” After a referendum, a new constitution was adopted, which transformed Spain into a parliamentary democracy (not a real democracy as in other EU countries) under a constitutional monarchy.

 

A highly controversial figure within Spain, Franco is seen as a divisive leader. Supporters credit his strong anti-communist and nationalist views, economic policies, preservation of traditional Spanish practices and support of the Monarchy of Spain as positive influences over the nation. Critics disparage him as an autocratic dictator who violently suppressed opposition and dissent, banned culture seen as non-Spanish, used concentration camps and forced labour and provided much support to the Axis powers during World War II.

 

The monarchy / parlamentary democracy still continues shaded in suppressing opposition and dissent, grossly over taxes the Spanish people and businesses, strips Spanish people of their land and water, to profit. Today Spain is still viewed by the west and the EU as a dictatorship. Thus one of the reasons, Catalonia wanted change.

 

Many Catalans, frustrated at the management of the Spanish economy throughout the euro-zone debt crisis, continued to push for increased fiscal independence from the central government.

 

Read more about the history of Catalonia here and why they are fighting for independence :  https://www.britannica.com/place/Catalonia

 

Many EU and Westerners view Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the Felipe VI of Spain as the new era of Franco.

 

2.5 millions in Catalonia argue that the Guardia Civil should have been arrested and charged for assault and crimes on the people of Catalonia, the the leader of the Guardia Civil also stripped of power, but none of that was done. Instead focus was to overthrow the Catalans and take power back. That is what reminds the current government of Spain as the “new era of Franco.”+

 


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