Monthly Archives: February 2016

Spanish inquisition against politicized rappers

Once again, the Spanish State is demonstrating what is the real meaning of democracy in occident; far for being an expression of political freedom, capitalist democracies are a repressive machines, although decorated with nice words .

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The National Court, a judicial institution inherited from the Franco’s dictatorship,have just started the trial against Cesar Strawberry, the leader of a rap band called Def con Dos. The prosecutor accuses him of “glorifying terrorism” for comments in Twitter, and demands 20 months in jail, 8 years of complete inhabitation and two years of privation. One of these “dangerous” message, that was reteeted by Cesar,  is: “Could I wear a t-shirt with a picture of Miguel Angel Blanco? I ask this from the respect and the summer.” (M.A. Blanco was killed by ETA few years ago). Other of these tweets that support the accusation is: “How many should fly as Carrero Blanco.” (Carrero Blanco was a recognized fascist killed by ETA too). However, although media are trying to restrict this case to few politically incorrect tweets, the truth is that Cesar Strawberry is a well recognized political activist.

Other example (there are many more) is the case of Ayax and Prok, a couple of Andalusian rappers who have been accused of injuries against the police for a song called “Polizzia”, that criticize the police repression. This artists are facing a fine of 600 to 30.000 euros, and prision, in case that they couldn’t afford it.

These are not the only cases of political persecution against Spanish artists, and it seems that these won’t be the last ones, as evidenced by the recent imprisonment of the puppeteers for criticizing the State. It is curious that that the same institutions that accuse Spanish artists or “glorifying terrorism” for calling to resist against the capital dictatorship that is condemning an entire generation to poverty, still funding associations such as the Francisco Franco Foundation that proudly defends the fascist regime that ruled the country for 40 years, and that caused that  Spain achieved the record of being the second (only to Cambodia) for the largest number of mass graves . This institutions are the same that have justified multiple cases of glorifying fascism by Popular Party members (the ruling party), saying that these were just minor fails.

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News programs on television, instead of depicting the reality, are shaping a reality according with the capitalistic interests. The use of terror as a weapon of political propaganda is becoming an everyday strategy in Spain. Low intensity State terrorism is the favorite weapon of the “democratic and constitutional” regime in Spain.

Puppets are terrorist weapons in Spain

On Friday 6th the Spanish democracy signed its lasts attack against the civil liberties. The fracture of the monarchical regime is unmasking the real roots of this State. Can a regime that jails puppeteers and accuse them of terrorism for performing a satiric piece against repressive institutions, define itself as democratic?

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The theater performance, called “La Bruja y Don Cristóbal”, aims to capture the which-hunt that the anarchist movement is suffering during the last years in the Spanish State. The main chapter of the play is a witch who represents people with bad public image, and that must face the four powers governing the society, ie property, religion, the strength of the state and the law. During the course of the history puppets exemplify a clash with the police, which represents the force of the state, that appears to hit the witch until she was unconscious, and after that, police use false statements to accuse the main character, placing a banner of “Gora Alka-ETA” on her body , trying to keep up to take a picture as evidence. From this police set, there is the fourth figure, who is the Judge, who accuses and sentence to death the protagonist. The witch manages to deceive the judge, who wrap his head on his own rope and die. The story goes on something else, but this is the essence of what takes place, and where is all the controversy.

The “Gora Alka-ETA”  statement is a satiric allusion to al-Qaeda and ETA, that tries to highlight how the State uses terror as a weapon for gathering support. It should be noted that nowadays the terrorist group ETA abandoned the armed struggle in 2011. Furthermore,  none of the characters encourage terrorism. We could asses whether the work that is not for children or the general public, but it is surprising that two people are detained just for a puppet performing.

On February 6th hundreds of people marched spontaneously in Madrid to support artists , and different public personalties, such as the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau have shown their support, by using the hashtag .

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