Spanish Generals’ Veiled Threat to Catalan Independence Movement
THE SPECTRE of Spain’s fascist leader General Franco looms behind today’s statement by retired army officers in the Spanish Military Association (Asociación de Militares Españoles - AME) saying that anyone promoting “Spain’s fracture” (i.e. independence for Catalonia) could be court-martialled.
AME named the President of Catalonia and all the members of his party as potential defendants in military tribunals.
The Help Catalonia website says:
“According to these retired army officers, all who are collaborating with or have participated in this cause should be aware that they will have to answer to an accusation of high treason in front of a military court.”
Spanish Army Colonel Francisco Alamán had previously said in an interview with Alerta Digital that Catalonia would only be independent “over my dead body and that of many other soldiers”, arguing that the Spanish Army has solemnly sworn to defend “the non-negotiable principle of Spain’s unity” and that they will defend it “even with our lives”.
Help Catalonia adds that today’s statement by AME adds a whole new dimension to the political situation “when we consider that the last Catalan president before Franco’s dictatorship, Lluís Companys, was court-martialed, sentenced to death, and shot by the fascist Spanish Army”.
He is the only democratically-elected president to ever have been executed in Europe.