Celestino Corbacho, currently the Spanish Minister of Labour and running 3rd in the lists for the Catalan Parliament for PSOE (the current party holding the power in the Spanish and Catalan governments) for next month’s elections has declared on a conference for “Fòrum Europa. Tribuna catalunya” in Barcelona that an eventual independence of Catalonia would be “a traumatic process” and that it “would not be peaceful”. (Link to news in catalan, here and here)
These astonishing declarations by someone in Corbacho’s position have already had a reaction. Catalan independentist party Reagrupament Independentista have urged Catalan President Montilla to rectify these serious threats (link in catalan).
Corbacho is the Spanish Minister of Work who has the dubious honour of holding the Ministry while Spanish unemployment rates have risen up to 20%, the highest in the European Union.
On the other hand, let’s not forget that the Spanish Constitution’s article number 8 explicitly says the army should intervene against secession attempts since its writing was heavily influenced by the structures of Franco’s regime.
However, since the Catalan process of independence is scrupulously democratic and peaceful the threat of violence against Catalonia from the Spanish state is completely out of line.
These sort of declarations are not new in Spain but not so frequent amongst politicians from such a high position as a Minister and they pose an intolerable threat to the Catalan people, which hold EU citizens status, and especially coming from the Minister of an EU member state and a supposed democracy.