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The recent demonstration in Barcelona in favor of the independence of Cataluña , claimed to be perhaps as much as two million strong is presented by the separatists as proof enough and reason enough in itself to declare the secession of that land.

Never mind that the corrupt, thieving Catalan politicians that profit from this, like Mas el president himself, Pujol, and all the top people in CiU and CDC (the main political parties in Cataluña) are mired in trials for corruption, embezzlement and simple stealing that in a more civilized land would have already landed them all in prison, so they move their pawns to press the government in Madrid, and the judges, to overlook these charges as they have successfully done in the past.

There’s no doubt of the great anger in Catalonia: anger at seeing their future slipping away from their hands, at their recent prosperous past melting away; anger at losing their jobs, their homes, their cars; anger of the new university graduates at seeing the doors to middle class prosperity being violently shut in their faces -because of the disappearance of jobs in Public Administration, the natural outlet for the graduate.  I have explained in many articles the roots of this impoverishment, why the prosperity they enjoyed in the very recent past is and will be no more, why it is finished for ever, why we will never go back to the prosperity of 2007, why the future is going to be very different from the recent past.

This destructive anger is directed towards Spain itself, believing in their ignorance, their stupidity and their low cunning that going alone it will be better for them than hanging together with the rest of Spain.

They don’t understand that either we hang together, or we hang separately -as Benjamin Franlyn famously said.

It is necessary now to explain what is UDI, because the Catalans and the other Spanish, even the graduates in History have had very poor schooling, very bad teachers and professors and they have never heard of UDI, the concept is totally foreign to them because they have never heard of it.

WHAT IS UDI ?  Unilateral Declaration of Independence, is the process, usually very violent and involving a long and very destructive war, in which a Colony wrenches away its independence from its colonial power, by force.

Unilateral declaration of independence

A unilateral declaration of independence (UDI) is a variant declaration of independence that is established when the government of a constituent entity of a sovereign state declares itself independent from that state, and declares itself a sovereign state, without having a formal agreement with the state that the constituent entity declared its secession from.

prominent recognized historical UDI examples include the that of the United States in 1776, and that of the Republic of Kosovo in 2008

In fact the  USA was the only Colony to ever get away with UDI from Britain, but most of the South American Spanish colonies got their  independence by this process, when at the time Spain had been invaded and defeated by Napoleon – 1808 – 1813   .  Cuba and the Philippines are a different case, as the USA declared war against Spain and occupied those lands for as long as they could.

Those processes didn’t happen without very bloodthirsty wars and the recent example of Yugoslavia must be remembered.

Needless to say, Cataluña is not a colony and never has been.

When the Catalans declared UDI.

  • In October 1934, Companys appeared at the balcony of the Generalitat and declared UDI, the separation of the Catalan State from Spain

On October 6, 1934, Companys led a Catalan Nationalist uprising against the center and right-wing republican government, and proclaimed the Catalan State (Estat Català)

  • Civil War soon erupted; this was the first step in the Spanish Civil War, 1936 – 1939.
  • After the War Companys was captured in France, brought to Spain and summarily shot

Companys was a corrupt politician involved in a famous scandal of the time, like the Catalan politicians of today, and was carried forward into a national and personal tragedy by historical forces that he didn’t understand and he couldn’t control.

☼ UDI is not the way forward, for the simple reason that ALL of Spain has to be consulted on the matter and agreed on by a majority of the population; it is a very unlikely outcome, and no, the opinion of only the people living in Catalonia has no legal weight.

Sure, UDI could be declared nevertheless, but remember that you’ll have to sustain it with your life.

A good example of that is the Secession of the Southern States in the USA and the American Civil War that was its consequence.

☼  American Civil War, 1861 – 1865

LEARN MORE.

Catalans are ready for independence – but are their leaders?

guardian.co.uk, 12 Sep 2012

Separation anxiety: the state of independence movements in Europe

Catalonia warns EU that million-strong march cannot be ignored

☼  Rubalcaba: “Si Mas quiere romper con España tendrá enfrente al PSOE”

El líder de los socialistas critica también a Rajoy y asegura en la fiesta de la rosa que «quienes sembraban vientos contra Cataluña o España están a punto de recoger una fabulosa tempestad«

☼ Socialists warn Mas to back off from separatism

☼ Spanish Civil War

☼  Of course all this is the consequence of the impoverishment of Spain, as I have explained since 2007 when I became aware of the process that destroys our country.

If you want to learn more, for example start at

Respuesta a ‘ La Desmoralización de España’, de Andrés Ortega en El País-Madrid

and follow the links and tags on Pico Petrolero, Colapso, Gran Depresión 2, and other articles

☼ Theory of Spain’s political class

A Spanish Philosopher discusses the New Media and the recent demonstration in Barcelona (in Spanish)

«Los lemas de la manifestación de la Diada eran falsos y engañosos»

 El filósofo Fernando Savater compara la independencia de Catalunya con el caso del millonario francés de Louis Vuitton y afirma que es «mentira que los catalanes tengan mala imagen»

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☼ PS. It is noteworthy that if you carry out a Web search with the search item «Companys + UDI«, the only article in the web that explains that historical fact is this article, such is the level of hagiography (lives of saints, is what hagiography means) and distortion of Cataluña’s history.

Companys and Macia carried out UDI, for good or for bad (mostly bad), now you know it and if you have followed the argument with an open mind now you can understand it better.

A first, indeed !

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Por Armando

7 comentarios en «Explaining UDI to the Catalans»
  1. Como debería quedar bien claro por el artículo, que para eso lo escribí, Catalunna no puede abandonar Espanna.
    Ahora, si se trata de que la repartija se haga mas favorable eso me da lo mismo, incluso pueden tener algo de razón.
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    Aunque si les queda más dinero la gente igual no vera ni un euro, los capos robarán lo que robabán que ahora se les ha cortado un poco el grifo de las coimas y de los desfalcos, no alcanza menos dinero para tanta mafia.

  2. Estimados todos .
    Imagino que los primeros en salir serán los Vascos, después seguirá Cataluña , no es un problema solo de dinero, es irreal verlo así, España se está desintegrando , económicamente , políticamente pero también moralmente , al pueblo español le falta fibra moral . coraje y voluntad , viven encadenados a la apatía ignorante , pastoreados por los señoritos y las manolas , España está ya condenada , ni siquiera luchará , están mataos, no reaccionan ante nada .
    Vascos y Catalanes no tragan a los Españoles , con razón o sin ella creen que los están manteniendo, quieren quitarse peso de encima , largarlos, aunque en Cataluña haya tanta corrupción como en Valencia , Andalucía o Madrid
    Eches lo que les eches no reaccionan , la recopa es lo único que los motiva , por no saber no toman conciencia de donde están y de lo que se viene, me han llegado mails … que para que contar, que en un par de años pa arriba otra vez y así todo , les mandé por ver las reacciones enlaces a posts suyos Armando , para que hablar….. , están acabados , hay una responsabilidad colectiva e individual en tanta imbecilidad
    Saludos

  3. Estados Unidos desde hace mucho ha sido considerado un devorador de energía. Sin embargo, gracias a la fractura hidráulica y la tecnología de aguas profundas está bombeando más petróleo de lo que ha extraído en más de una década y su creciente perfil de productor de crudo sorprende al mundo.

    Daniel Yergin, el cronista más prominente de la industria energética, habló con The Wall Street Journal sobre el renacimiento petrolero de EE.UU. y sus profundas implicaciones en un mundo cambiante. Yergin, actual vicepresidente de la consultora IHS, es autor de La historia del petróleo, ganador del Premio Pulitzer. A continuación, fragmentos editados de la conversación:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443816804578000932311801620.html?mod=WSJS_inicio_MiddleTop

  4. Aguas profundas, vale, eso es petróleo, pero lo de la fractura hidráulica mezcla dos cosas, la producción de shale gas o sea metano, que es insostenible y va a acabar mal, y un pequeño mayor aumento de producción de petróleo pero más caro que no compensa la caída de otros pozos agotados.
    A 116+ que está el barril se puede sacar petróleo de fuentes caras, de profundidades marinas caras y cuyos yacimientos son de corta vida.
    Todo eso va a durar un pestañeo, y lo más importante, que a esos precios no puede haber crecimiento económico y descenso del paro, y no lo hay ni en EEUU y menos aún en Europa.
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    EEUU y en especial el WSJ está sorprendiendo al mundo pero a mentiras, y el Yergin es un famoso mentiroso sin escrúpulos un peón de la industria petrolera que escribe falsedades totales.
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    Hay mentirosos en los EEUU que dicen que EEUU ¡exporta petróleo! Engaño descarado, exporta algo de gasolina y diésel por ejemplo a Venezuela, refinados de petróleo importado al fin de cuentas.
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    Y no vivimos en EEUU, que si por ejemplo ellos sacan shale gas -gas de pizarras- cuyos pozos al poco dejan de producir eso poco cambia para países que lo tienen que importar porque no tienen, baja el precio internacional un poco, eso sí es bueno, pero no va a durar porque no hay dinero para seguir clavando tubos de acero caros y sacar gas barato.

  5. Rosa Díez defiende intervenir a Cataluña en caso de «secesión»
    http://www.huffingtonpost.es/2012/09/18/rosa-diez_n_1892757.html?utm_hp_ref=spain

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    King Juan Carlos: “This is no time to be chasing rainbows”
    http://elpais.com/elpais/2012/09/18/inenglish/1347979522_634706.html

    In a clear and blunt message aimed at Catalonia’s pro-independence supporters, King Juan Carlos on Tuesday asked all Spaniards to remain united in the same spirit as that of the Transition as the country tries to tackle the current political, economic and social crises.

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