Spanish Government Issues Veiled Death Threat To Catalan Leader

October 9, 2017

In a quite shocking escalation of the rhetoric in Spain, a spokesman for the ruling People’s Party just issued a (barely) veiled death threat to the Presdident of Catalonia.

For those whose Spanish history is a little shaky, here’s a reminder:

Lluís Companys i Jover (21 June 1882 – 15 October 1940) was the President of Catalonia (Spain), from 1934 and during the Spanish Civil War.

He was a lawyer and leader of the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) political party. Exiled after the war, he was captured and handed over by the Nazi secret police, the Gestapo, to the Spanish State of Francisco Franco, who had him executed by firing squad in 1940.

Companys is the only incumbent democratically elected president in European history to have been executed.

Seems about as clear as it gets from Rajoy’s PP to Puigdemont – Call for Independence and Die!

That does not seem to be the reconciliatory tone the market has been hoping for.

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