Democracy on Trial

No violence, no terrorism, no armed insurrection. And yet, 12 peaceful advocates of the ballot box, nine of whom have already spent several months in prison, are now being prosecuted by the Spanish Supreme Court and may face prison sentences of between 10 and 25 years. Their crime? They simply proposed a referendum in 2017 to seek a Catalan republic separate from the Spanish monarchy.

Isn’t self-determination enshrined in international law? It’s staggering to think that such an act of state repression, one that is embarrassingly unworthy of a mature democracy, is taking place in the 21st century on EU territory.

About thespeedofdark

David Winship has written an unauthorised autobiography and several critically disdained literary tomes. His work is frequently compared with Steinbeck, Orwell and Hemingway, but unfortunately Mike Steinbeck, Daisy Orwell and Howard Hemingway were all terrible writers. He has been totally overlooked for the most prestigious literary awards worldwide, which is a shame as most of the words are spelled correctly. In fact, his books contain material that ranks with the finest literary works in history: all the right letters are there, just not necessarily in the right order.

Dave’s blog (The Speed Of Dark Blog) is part of his crusade for truth and justice and universal entitlement to free real ale. It may well be that his whole purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others.

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