The 2017 Catalan independence referendum in Spain
By Alejandro López, 5 October 2020
Regardless of who is in power in Madrid, the ruling class exploits the Catalan issue in order to shift politics further to the right and build a police state.
By Alice Summers, 24 July 2020
The hacking occurred under the premiership of Pedro Sánchez of the Spanish Socialist Party, which is now backed by the pseudo-left Podemos party.
By Alejandro López, 23 December 2019
Madrid nevertheless kept Junqueras in jail over his role in the 2017 Catalan independence referendum and did not allow him to take his European parliament seat.
By Alejandro López, 10 December 2019
Spain’s two largest trade unions are directly complicit with the attempt by Podemos and the Socialist Party to install a pro-austerity, police-state regime.
By Alejandro López, 25 November 2019
The Podemos-backed social-democratic government threatens to impeach the Catalan regional premier and reduce the use of the Catalan language in Catalonia’s public schools.
By Alejandro López, 28 October 2019
Two weeks before the November 10 general elections in Spain, hundreds of thousands marched in Barcelona Saturday afternoon.
By Alejandro López, 22 October 2019
The ruling class is terrified that protests will erupt across Spain and beyond, linking the defence of democratic rights to the growing upsurge of working class struggles.
By Alejandro López, 21 October 2019
This crisis is giving workers and youth internationally yet another bitter lesson in the reactionary role of affluent middle class, “post-Marxist” populist parties.
By Alejandro López, 19 October 2019
Broad sections of youth and workers mobilized to protest the police state that is emerging in Spain, and more broadly across Europe.
By Alex Lantier, 17 October 2019
The Spanish Supreme Court’s sentencing Monday of a dozen Catalan nationalists to a decade in prison for sedition is a politically illegitimate ruling that will live in infamy.
By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 15 October 2019
The ruling against defendants involved in the 2017 Catalan independence referendum is the outcome of a show trial and part of the Spanish ruling class’s drive toward dictatorship.
Ahead of ruling in Catalan show trials
By Alejandro López, 12 October 2019
The Catalan bourgeois nationalists are terrified of growing opposition in the working class to the austerity and police-state policies of the Spanish ruling class. Jordi Sànchez,
By Alejandro López, 26 September 2019
Spain’s Civil Guards have launched a widely publicized “anti-terror” police operation against Catalan nationalist activists, code-named “Operation Judes.”
By Alejandro Lopez, 24 September 2019
Last Friday, Podemos General Secretary Pablo Iglesias announced his party would back repressive measures against Catalonia if it were part of a Socialist Party-led government
By Alejandro López, 22 July 2019
The reactionary forces promoted in the bourgeois media as the “left” in Spain are downplaying or ignoring Spanish intelligence’s complicity in the 2017 attacks.
By Alejandro López, 12 July 2019
The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention called for the “immediate release” of Catalan nationalist political prisoners held in a show trial in Madrid.
By Alejandro López, 13 April 2019
In the Orwellian atmosphere being stoked up by the ruling class in the run up to the April 28 general election, it is the victims of police brutality that are denounced as aggressors.
By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 4 March 2019
The Catalan nationalists’ prosecution on charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds for organising the 2017 independence referendum has no substance.
By Alejandro López, 18 February 2019
There is broad opposition, centered above all in the working class, to EU-backed attempts to establish a police state in Spain based on anti-Catalan propaganda.
By Alejandro López, 16 February 2019
The major parties are set to run the most right-wing election campaign in Spain since the 1978 Transition to parliamentary rule, under cover of opposing Catalan separatism.
By Alex Lantier, 14 February 2019
In line with official politics across Europe, the ruling class in Spain is moving to build a police state and defending the legacy of 20th century fascism.
By Alejandro López, 11 February 2019
Spain’s right-wing parties are targeting its minority social-democratic government, backed by Podemos, that is unpopular for imposing austerity and police state rule.
By Alejandro López, 22 January 2019
Akin to an anti-terror operation, plainclothes police wearing balaclavas swooped in on the individuals and whisked them away in unmarked cars.
By Alejandro López, 21 December 2018
Sánchez is utilising the Cabinet provocation and display of force to show the ruling class that he is prepared to move against the Catalan separatists.
By Carlos Hernández and Paul Mitchell, 14 December 2018
Union leaders made clear they called off the strike because of the political and social crisis that threatens the rule of the minority Socialist Party government.
By Alejandro López, 1 December 2018
For years the regional bourgeoisie has relentlessly promoted Catalan nationalism to bury the socio-economic concerns of workers and youth, both Spanish and Catalan.
By Alejandro López, 5 November 2018
The trials, organised under the Socialist Party-led government, are expected to begin in early 2019.
By Alejandro López, 11 October 2018
Banning parties that collectively receive millions of votes would mark a major escalation in the drive of the Spanish and European bourgeoisie to establish a police state.
By Alejandro López, 1 October 2018
A year after the Catalan independence referendum, none of the issues that led to the referendum crisis and the violent repression by Madrid have been resolved.
By Alejandro López, 27 September 2018
Police surveillance of the Candidatures of Popular Unity, revealed in a press conference last Thursday, is a blatant and illegal violation of basic democratic rights.
German court authorises extradition of Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to Spain on embezzlement charges
By Alejandro López, 16 July 2018
In Spain, the newly installed minority Socialist Party (PSOE) government announced it would abide by the ruling, although it is a rebuke to the party's line in the Catalan crisis.
By Alejandro López, 27 June 2018
The new, Podemos-backed government Madrid is seeking to put a more “democratic” face on last year’s brutal police crackdown in Catalonia.
By Paul Mitchell, 18 April 2018
The protest attracted considerable numbers of workers and youth who did not support secession but opposed the government’s repressive actions.
By Steve James, 12 April 2018
The Rajoy administration’s resort to dictatorial measures is ultimately aimed at silencing all political dissent and intimidating the Spanish working class.
By Ulrich Rippert, 7 April 2018
Puigdemont may not leave Germany until further notice, had to post bail of €75,000 and must report weekly to the police.
By Ulrich Rippert, 4 April 2018
With this decision, the state prosecutor in Schleswig-Holstein is giving its backing to the Spanish government and adopting Madrid’s arguments.
By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 4 April 2018
The Catalan crisis is being used to criminalise all political and social opposition under conditions of intensification of the class struggle.
By Paul Mitchell and Alejandro López, 30 March 2018
Demonstrations broke out throughout Catalonia after Spain’s supreme court ordered the arrest of former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont.
By Peter Schwarz, 30 March 2018
If the German government extradites Puigdemont to Spain, it will set a precedent for the suppression of all forms of protest and opposition.
By Peter Schwarz, 27 March 2018
The Europe-wide police-state structures, which emerged under the pretext of combatting terrorism and cracking down on refugees, are now being deployed against political opponents.
Germany and UK collude with Spanish extradition warrants against Catalan leaders Puigdemont and Ponsatí
By Steve James and Paul Mitchell, 27 March 2018
Puigdemont is expected to be detained in Germany for two to three months before a final decision is made on his extradition to Spain.
By Alejandro López, 26 March 2018
The decision to arrest Puigdemont in Germany, whose own criminal code punishes attempts to secede with sentences of up to life in prison, facilitates his transfer to Spain.
By Alejandro López, 26 March 2018
The Spanish ruling class is intent on “beheading” the secessionist movement.
By Alejandro López, 29 January 2018
The decision by the Constitutional Court means that if ousted regional premier Carles Puigdemont does not attend the swearing-in session in person, his election will be annulled.
By Paul Mitchell, 25 January 2018
Spain’s Popular Party government is threatening to re-impose Article 155 and direct rule of the autonomous region by Madrid.
By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 17 January 2018
The Spanish government is preparing to extend Article 155 of the Constitution, invoked to take control of Catalonia.
By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 10 January 2018
The Supreme Court is planning to issue writs against a further 11 people linked to the deposed Catalan government for their part in organising last October’s independence referendum.
By Paul Mitchell, 23 December 2017
Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy is under pressure from some quarters to consider negotiations, but there is no indication of a climbdown on his part.
By Alex Lantier and Alejandro López, 22 December 2017
The result puts paid to hopes in Madrid that elections would rapidly resolve the conflict between the Spanish and Catalan regional governments.
Crisis election in Catalonia
By Alex Lantier, 21 December 2017
With today’s election, Madrid aims to provide a “democratic” veneer to the drive for police-state regimes and the rehabilitation of far-right forces across Europe.
By Paul Mitchell and Chris Marsden, 6 December 2017
The common concerns of workers and youth, Spanish and Catalan, have been buried under an avalanche of divisive nationalist rhetoric.
By Alejandro López, 29 November 2017
In the space of just two months, El Pais has published 47 articles linking Russia to the Catalan crisis, five of which are editorials.
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 18 November 2017
The Trudeau government’s support for Spain’s suppression of the Catalan independence referendum makes clear it would be ready to use similar methods to uphold the integrity of the Canadian state.
By Steve James, 14 November 2017
The SNP has avoided any criticism of EU support for the brutal crackdown by the Spanish government against the Catalan national movement.
By Alex Lantier, 9 November 2017
Tens of thousands of people protested yesterday in Catalonia against the detention of Catalan nationalist politicians as political prisoners by Madrid.
By Alex Lantier, 6 November 2017
Criticisms of Spain’s handling of the Catalan crisis from within European ruling circles reflect concerns that Madrid’s actions could provoke explosive popular opposition.
By Paul Mitchell and Alex Lantier, 3 November 2017
According to the chief of the Spanish army, his plans to intervene in Catalonia are part of similar planning by the NATO countries across Europe.
By Paul Mitchell and Chris Marsden, 2 November 2017
The attempt by Madrid and the EU to impose a dictatorial regime, whether or not this is sanctioned by imposed elections, must be opposed by the entire Spanish and Catalan working class.
By Alex Lantier, 1 November 2017
Puigdemont asked the EU to broker a deal between the Spanish government and the Catalan authorities based on the December 21 election imposed on Catalonia by Madrid.
By Francis Dubois, 31 October 2017
Fearing the eruption of mass struggles against austerity, the European financial oligarchy is backing the imposition of an authoritarian regime in Catalonia.
By Alejandro López, 30 October 2017
The Catalan nationalist parties are bitterly hostile to a political intervention in the crisis by the working class.
By Alex Lantier and Alejandro López, 28 October 2017
The Senate vote marks a historic collapse of democratic forms of rule in Western Europe and a return to authoritarianism, posing an urgent threat to the working class.
By Alejandro López, 28 October 2017
The Catalan regional parliament on Friday voted a resolution for independence from Spain and the start of a “constituent process” to draft a new constitution.
By Alejandro López, 27 October 2017
Carles Puigdemont withdrew an offer to hold snap elections in Catalonia after Madrid reportedly refused to free Catalan political prisoners.
By Alejandro López, 26 October 2017
Madrid’s turn toward military dictatorship in Catalonia and across Spain is intended to strangle popular opposition to the European Union and the banks.
By Paul Mitchell, 24 October 2017
The anti-democratic measures imposed under Article 155 are leading to a violent conflict with the Catalan population.
By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 24 October 2017
Despite winning 5 million votes, Podemos neither wanted nor sought to mobilize opposition to the turn to authoritarian rule by Madrid, backed by the European Union.
By Alex Lantier, 23 October 2017
Madrid’s claim, supported explicitly by the EU, that military rule is the only possible response to the Catalan independence referendum is an absurd lie, drenched in imperialist hypocrisy.
By Alex Lantier, 21 October 2017
EU heads of state applauded Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy’s moves to impose dictatorial rule in Catalonia because they are preparing similar attacks on the working class across Europe.
By Paul Mitchell, 21 October 2017
The Spanish Socialist Party is working closely with Spain’s right-wing government to extra-legally oust the current regional government in Catalonia.
By Alex Lantier, 20 October 2017
Spanish ministers will meet tomorrow to prepare to invoke Article 155 and suspend Catalan regional self-rule after the region's October 1 independence referendum.
By Paul Mitchell, 19 October 2017
The jailing of Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart marks the first incarceration of Spanish political prisoners since the end of the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco.
By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 18 October 2017
The High Court ruling is an indication of the dictatorial measures the Spanish Popular Party regime is prepared to carry out.
By Alex Lantier and Alejandro López, 17 October 2017
With Spanish military forces and thousands of police preparing for action, Spain is teetering on the brink of martial law and a bloody crackdown in Catalonia.
By Alejandro López, 16 October 2017
The secessionists led by Catalonia’s regional premier Carles Puigdemont have spent the past week seeking to strike a deal with Madrid, but no deal is on offer.
By Alejandro López, 13 October 2017
Signaling its tacit support for bloody repression in Catalonia, the pseudo-left Podemos party for the first time sent representatives to the military parade for National Day.
By Alex Lantier, 12 October 2017
As the Spanish army prepared to deploy armored units to Catalonia, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced plans to suspend the Catalan regional government.
By Paul Mitchell, 12 October 2017
With calls for ‘patriotism’ and national unity, the pseudo-left Podemos is seeking recognition as a potential saviour of Spanish capitalism at a time of acute crisis.
By Alex Lantier, 11 October 2017
Regional premier Carles Puigdemont delivered his speech amid an unfolding Spanish military and police intervention into Catalonia and the looming threat of a bloody crackdown.
By Alejandro López, 10 October 2017
Popular Party leaders warned Monday that national police and civil guards are ready to halt any unilateral declaration in the Catalan parliament.
By Alex Lantier, 10 October 2017
Rather than advance a principled policy to unite the Spanish and Catalan working class against Spanish state repression, the Pabloite New Anti-capitalist Party is lining up behind the Catalan bourgeoisie.
By Alejandro López, 9 October 2017
The Catalan separatists are despised in broad sections of the working class for their austerity policies, which have seen major cuts in social expenditure.
By Alejandro López, 7 October 2017
Spain’s political establishment is openly talking of invoking Article 116 of the Spanish constitution, laying the basis for the imposition of martial law.
By Peter Schwarz, 7 October 2017
The German government has backed Madrid’s suppression of the Catalonian independence referendum because it, too, is preparing to crack down on social and political opposition at home.
By Alex Lantier, 6 October 2017
The European Union is supporting Madrid's plans for a bloody military-police intervention in Catalonia and to impose a state of emergency across Spain.
By Alejandro López, 6 October 2017
Voices in the Spanish press are calling for imposing various states of emergency that would suspend basic democratic rights and hand power to the army.
By Paul Mitchell, 5 October 2017
The Ministry of Defense has dispatched army units to support the Civil Guard and national police in a possible further crackdown on the Catalonian population.
After Madrid’s violent crackdown:
By Keith Jones, 5 October 2017
A struggle to rally workers and youth to an internationalist orientation can only be waged in uncompromising opposition to the violence unleashed by the Madrid government.
By Chris Marsden, 4 October 2017
The United States and the EU leapt to the defence of the Spanish government as it sent police to savagely beat and arrest anyone who dared to exercise their fundamental right to vote.
By Alex Lantier, 4 October 2017
An open intervention by the Spanish king into public affairs is without precedent since the 1981 coup attempt in Spain.
By Alejandro López, 4 October 2017
Demonstrations took place in cities across Catalonia amid a “national work stoppage” backed by Catalan business groups, separatist parties, and trade unions.
By Alex Lantier and Alejandro López, 3 October 2017
After the mass repression in Catalonia Sunday, the European Commission issued a statement formally endorsing Madrid's handling of the Catalan independence crisis.
By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 2 October 2017
The Popular Party government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy sent some 16,000 police to Catalonia to shut down polling stations, seize ballot boxes and attack voters.
For working class unity! No to separatism in Spain!
Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International, 30 September 2017
On the eve of the October 1 independence referendum in Catalonia, Spain is in the throes of its deepest political crisis since the fall of the fascist Franco regime.
By Paul Mitchell, 29 September 2017
The American ruling elite, like its European counterparts, are concerned the tensions between Madrid and Barcelona are provoking an explosive situation.
By Alejandro López, 29 September 2017
Podemos is presenting itself as the only alternative able to resolve the Catalan secessionist crisis without sparking social opposition.
By Paul Mitchell, 23 September 2017
Demonstrations continued in Catalonia yesterday as Madrid reinforced its police presence in the Eastern region.
By Alejandro López, 22 September 2017
Dockworkers in Catalonia’s two main ports, Barcelona and Tarragona, are refusing supply services to vessels carrying riot police and paramilitary Civil Guard units.
By Paul Mitchell, 21 September 2017
Powerful sections of the Spanish ruling class are demanding that the Popular Party government crack down harder to block the October 1 Catalan independence referendum.
By Alejandro López, 18 September 2017
Madrid’s inflammatory language and actions recall the thuggery of the Francoist dictatorship that ruled Spain from 1939 to 1978.