By a commentator for Tjen Folket Media.
The masses of Catalonia have protested and participated in uprisings for the entirety of last week (the week of October 14). A number of politicians from Catalonia have been sentenced to prison for their work for independence, and a general strike has been initiated in protest against these reactionary sentences.
The German comrades in Dem Volke dienen have translated a text from Galician Maoists into English. Galicia is another nation within the Spanish state, which similar to Catalonia has an independence movement. The Galician comrades wrote the following in an article dated October 13, before the sentencing of the Catalonia politicians was clear:
On Monday the 14th [of October], the sentence against the politicians of the independence process will be officially known. It opens a new political period or at least places “the peaceful independence path”, led by the bourgeoisie, before a fact, already known in advance: The punitive condemnation of the Spanish oligarchy against the political prisoners of process.
No longer will there be great statements, baloney or fictional republics. It will be the facts that speak.
The communists defend, without reservations, the Right of Self-Determination of the Peoples, which is the Leninist line, while we affirm that in the imperialist countries, these processes can only be realized around a program of Socialist Revolution and not by the hand of the bourgeoisie, which however nationalist it is, only seeks a new capitalist state.
In the current moment the Catalan masses lack an authentic Communist Party that, armed with the proletarian ideology, Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, is capable of leading the struggle for independence and socialism.
Nevertheless, the class struggle, the struggle for national independence, will generate the same. We have no doubt! It is a dialectical law of history.
The Spanish oligarchy, the Crown, that is deeply reactionary, is playing with a fire that can engulf them them and their rotten regime in a great crisis. We must be alert!
NRK writes that the demonstrations in Catalonia have continued for a week. They summarize as follows:
There have been great protests in Barcelona after several earlier independence politicians were sentenced to prison on October 14, 2019. The regional parliament in Catalonia voted [in a referendum] to secede from Spain in October 2017.
Conflict Over an Independent Catalonia [in Norwegian]
Channel 4 News has created a report about the protests:
Video from The Guardian: