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A blog by Leon Oudejans

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Spain has a new socialist government after its leader (and Prime Minister) made an amnesty deal with convicted separatists, hiding outside Spain. This new Spanish government will be a minority government. Spanish courts may, however, still block this political amnesty deal.

Donald Trump has similar intentions: he hopes to win the 2024 U.S. presidential election and then change negative court rulings in his favour. Mainstream media write a lot about Trump’s intentions and/but fail to condemn the similarities in Spain. Why is this abuse of Power treated different?

In my view, the above is yet another example of the arrogance of the Left, and the ignorance of the Right.

Also see my related blogs: Arrogance of Left and Ignorance of Right (2017) and The ignorance of Nationalism and arrogance of Globalism (2017).

There’s a caveat though and again with Trump similarities. In 2014, a Spanish province held a non-binding referendum on its sedition of Spain. In 2017, that province declared itself independent from Spain. In 2019, a unanimous court verdict sentenced most separatists for crimes of sedition (Wiki).

Foreign Policy-2019: “The international community has also refused to become involved in the Catalonia issue, with one notable exception. In May, the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention ordered the immediate release of three secessionists []”.

In 2019, the then-and-now Spanish PM supported the court’s verdict. In 2023, that same PM wants to change the 2019 verdict by granting immunity to those convicted separatists. If he would not, he would lose power to the opposition. In my view, it’s close to a peak in (socialist) arrogance.

It took the new American Administration long to sue Trump for (similar) crimes of sedition, following the 6 January 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. In my view, his actions even resembled a rebellion. I suppose that the American military, or Pentagon, prevented a (formal) coup d’etat.

Some quotes from testimonies of Catalan leaders on trial that sound like Trump:

  • “I see myself as a political prisoner”;
  • “I defended the referendum as politician but told police to follow court orders”;
  • “No international treaty prohibits self-determination”;
  • “Spain’s Constitutional Court lacks moral authority”;
  • “Declaration of independence held no legal consequences”.

Barcelona (1988) by Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé
AllMusic, lyrics, video, Wiki-album+song

Note: all markings (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.

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