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She went to vote in Barcelona, a city in a European Union state
Do Rajoy, the Spanish state and their EU backers imagine there will be no consequence to the violent state repression in Catalunya?
It is a particularly brutal extension of elite contempt for democracy – referendums especially – across the continent.
That will not be lost among embittered layers at the base of European societies.
It signals something else. For decades the Spanish elites have sought to get beyond the politics of the Transicion 40 years ago and to have all the political questions contained within the less than democratic, and monarchist, constitution of 1978.
In much the same way Greek politicians have complained about being stuck in the Metapolitefsi, the residue of the great clashes of the mid-1970s following the fall of the Junta.
The repressive forces on the streets of Barcelona today resemble those of a…
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