Against state repression in Catalonia!
There is no doubt but that if Scotland had voted yes in the recent indyref the result would have been recognized. A slim majority has committed Britain, Ireland and the rest of Europe to the consequences of Brexit.
Yet in Catalonia a vote for independence leads to assaults by the Spanish police, almost 1000 voters injured, the storming of polling stations and charges against public representatives.
There should be utter condemnation of the repression of the Spanish state. Catalonia’s right to self-determination must be respected. The crisis exposes the weakness of the post-Franco settlement in Spain and of the pretentions of Europe to guarantee democratic rights.
The latest crisis illustrates yet again the ongoing decay of the capitalist system. Yet support for self-determination does not mean that we should ignore the repression of workers across Spain or that workers should fall behind "their own" capitalists, who have led the charge in local attacks on workers and have now demonstrated that lip service to independence will not lead them to endanger their own class interests. Socialists should counterpoise the balkanisation of Spain and the splintering of Europe with calls for an Iberian confederation of socialist states, for a United Socialist States of Europe.