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Monday, September 24, 2012 12:17 PM

Spain Warns Catalonia Separatists of Treason Charges in Military Court; Looming Showdown between Spain and Catalonia

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The Spanish military warned officials who do not guard the sovereignty and constitution of Spain. Specifically, Spain is prepared to bring charges of treason in a military court against separatists.

Via Google translate, please consider military warn of the consequences of promoting "fracture of Spain"

Spanish Military Association (SMA) has warned Monday that those who cooperate or allow "fracture" of Spain should "respond with all the utmost rigor" in the courts in the field of military courts by the "serious charge high treason."

In a statement, the association warns that "the highest office" and "governments" should take "appropriate action immediately to remove any hint of secession without armed forces look serious and unpardonable in tessitura to comply scrupulously strictly with the mission and that the Constitution gives them to ensure the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of our country. "

"If it had unfortunately-warn-act, there must be no doubt that those who have allowed, participated or assisted in reaching this last time but repeated threat of fracture of Spain, by commission, omission or out of your constitutional positions shall be accountable to the fullest extent of all so serious charge of treason before the courts in the field of military jurisdiction. "

For this association, the attitude of the president of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Artur Mas, and members "separatists" of Parliament is "inappropriate and unacceptable" and "not consistent with any of the ways with the duty and responsibility as representatives of the state, are required to observe and exercise ".

According to AME, current events in Catalonia are the result of "a frightening economic crisis and other manifestly disastrous political management by the formations that incur a high treason to voluntarily maintain a system of electoral representation that encourages the emergence and establishment of separatist nationalism to give in to his blackmail votes to stay in power. "
Chasing Rainbows

Last week, on the heels of a massive Barcelona march for Catalan independence, the English version of El Pais noted this warning from King Juan Carlos: “This is no time to be chasing rainbows
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.

“We are at a decisive moment for Europe and Spain that can either save or ruin the welfare which has cost us so much to accomplish,” the monarch said in an open letter posted on the Royal Family’s newly designed website, which was launched last week.

“In these circumstances, the worst thing we can do is to divide forces, encourage dissent, chase rainbows and deepen wounds. These are not good times to dissect meanings or to debate whether there are dogs or hounds who threaten our model of coexistence.” Last week 600,000 people marched in Barcelona in support of independence for the region. Catalan premier Artur Mas spoke of the need to supply the region with “the structures of a state.”
Looming Showdown With Separatists

In Looming Showdown between Spain and Catalonia, Eurointelligence reported "The King's letter went down like a lead balloon among Catalan politicians, who pretended the letter did not refer to Catalonia's recent independence rally."
In a way Spain is a microcosm of the wider Euro crisis: just as the European authorities' chosen solution to the Euro crisis includes striping member states of fiscal policy autonomy, so is the Spanish government arguing that the Autonomous Communities need to be reined in. Finance minister Cristobal Montoro promises that there will be no Troika "men in black" in Spain while he seems to enjoy the opportunity to send his own "men in black" to the Regions.

The phrase seems to have struck a chord, since Mas-Colell also said yesterday that there would be no "men in black" in Catalonia. The whole political circus would be comical if it didn't relate to a dire economic situation for real people and if nationalistic tensions hadn't been so problematic in the past century: at one point last week the issue of the day was whether FC Barcelona would continue to play in Spain's La Liga in the event of independence.
Andreu Mas-Colell

According to Wikipedia, Andreu Mas-Colell is a "Spanish Catalan economist, an expert in microeconomics and one of the world's leading mathematical economists. He is the founder of the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and a professor in the department of economics at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. He has also served several times in the cabinet of the Catalonian government. His textbook on microeconomics is the most used graduate microeconomics textbook in the world."

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