Just over a week ago I wrote a post on the Catalonian people's long struggle for independence.
And I made it clear I supported their right to determine their own fate with a democratic referendum.
But when the Catalans held, or tried to hold that referendum yesterday, this is how the Spanish police reacted.
With an orgy of violence that can only be described as naked fascism.
Catalonia’s defiant attempt to stage an independence referendum descended into chaos on Sunday, with hundreds injured in clashes with police in one of the gravest tests of Spain’s democracy since the end of the Franco dictatorship in the 1970s.
An outrageous assault on democracy that injured more than 800 people of all ages...
But could not suppress their desire to be free.
Voting went ahead in many towns and cities, with men and women, young and old, singing and chanting as they lined up for hours to cast ballots. Just after midnight, the Catalan government said that the referendum had been approved by 90 percent of some 2.3 million voters.
And while groups of Spanish nationalists celebrated the crackdown by singing songs from the era of the fascist dictator Francisco Franco, and by raising their arms in Nazi salutes...
Spaniards sing the Fascists anthem in Madrid "Facing the Sun" un Madrid. Ordinary people not political militants. pic.twitter.com/yO0peHgWmF— Help Catalonia (@CataloniaHelp2) September 30, 2017
And some fear that the violence of the Spanish state could trigger another civil war.
What happened yesterday can only boost support for independence.
And since the young are its strongest supporters...
And I also wear my heart on my sleeve.
I think I'll end this post with a group of them singing a very old song of Catalan resistance.
Now it's time to say that the people persist.
Down with the Franco fascists.
And long live Catalunya...