Thursday, 28 September 2017

Authoritarian repression


The Spanish government's measures against the Catalan people's referendum are nothing other than the kind of authoritarian repression the leaders of the so called free world so love to denounce their enemies for. The Spanish state has instituted a programme of measures to prevent the people from holding an independence referendum. Catalan officials have been incarcerated. Police have been deployed to prevent the use of polling stations. Ballot papers have been confiscated. Websites have been shut down. Thousands of ordinary people have been threatened with charges of sedition. The fact that such measures can be taken against a referendum clearly shows the claimed commitment of the leaders of the so called free world to freedom of expression and democray to be nothing more than empty rhetoric.

The Spanish move against democracy is hardly exceptional. The response of the Iraqi parliament to the independence referendum in Kurdistan, which was supported by over ninety percent of the population, was to immediately authorise the deployment of military forces to prevent the implementation of the democratic decision.

The leaders of the so called free world similarly denounced the similar independence referendum held by Crimea in the wake of the illegal US-backed coup d'etat in the Ukraine in 2014.

Indeed, the commitment of the leaders of the so called free world to freedom of expression and democracy lasts only as long as people agree with the leaders of the so called free world and vote the right way. Time and time again the leaders of the so called free world have blatantly shown their opposition to democracy. In the United Kingdom, the political and media elite have engaged in a relentless campaign to undermine the decision to leave the European Union. In the United States, the political and media elite have similarly engaged in a campaign to undo the result of last November's election which put Trump in the White House. The democratically elected, and highly popular, president of Syria is routinely denounced as a dictator. Yet all the while, actual dictatorships, such as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, are provided with unwavering support.

Whilst the Catalan people seek to exercise their rights to freedom of expression, democracy and self determination, and the Spanish state engages in a ruthless attempt to repress them, the leaders of the so called free world provide the Spanish authoritarians with the same support they once provided the fascist dictator, General Franco.

When you strip the mask away, the so called democracies of the so called free world are nothing other than fascism with highly effective propaganda.

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