So I am here, drinking my coffee after having enjoyed a nice dinner. It’s 3pm, the middle of the day and the weather’s fine. Valencia always comes through. We had some days of grey skies and humid air but now we are back to our sunny normal. Cannot say it is warm, but warm enough to cause envy in those who live further north.
I woke up to the “telediario” (the news) and again, violence in Tarragona and Barcelona. This marks the seventh night of riots. The destruction was massive and the assaults on police more and more violent. Some of the neighbours in the streets where these hoodlums were creating their chaos and destruction started to shout at them, perhaps in a feeble attempt to get them off their usually peaceful streets, but it didn’t work, actually it might have inspired them to worse actions. The Catalan autonomous police, the Mossos d’Esquadra are being overrun. These “demonstrators” are showering them with bricks and rocks and they’ve little recourse but to pull back. They need reinforcements, preferably from the Guardia Civil or the army.
But the streets of a civilised city, in a First World Country like Spain, cannot be left in the hands of those who cause mayhem and destruction. The government is charged with keeping their citizens safe and property secured. Businesses all up and down the Passeig de Gracia (the 5th Avenue of Barcelona) have suffered incredible losses due to the destruction of their storefront windows and the looting of their merchandise. These businesses are already suffering due to restrictions placed upon them to fight the COVID pandemic, so who pays for the things these vandals have destroyed?
Freedom of expression is a slippery slope. Are we really free to express everything? Should we? Should someone that is trying to destroy the very foundations of the society that we have been developing and building with our honest work and taxes have the right to express, and in so doing incite, others to destroy it? Can we allow freedom of expression to destroy our way of life? Who has the right to destroy private property in their quest for “freedom”? Can the law of the jungle decide who goes to prison and who goes free? These groups destroying Barcelona and other cities of Catalunya, say they are protesting the arrest, detention and subsequent incarceration of one rapper named Hasel from Lleida, Catalunya. This man had a fair trial and was condemned to a prison term for his incendiary remarks and other public threats he made against the Royal Family. So, if justice took its course and the defendant was found guilty, what right has anyone to dispute that decision by destroying property in the streets of the city?
The answer is they’ve no right. These people are not necessarily protesting the jailing of this rapper. I would imagine that many of them are not even familiar with his work. And truth be told, he was not imprisoned for his “artistic” creations but for his verses that he sent out as messages to incite violence. I think a society has the right to protect itself from those that would destroy it, especially those who use the freedoms of our democracy to destroy our way of life. Lenin said the west (meaning the US) would sell them the rope they would use to hang us. Are these people the rope? They are supposedly armed and violent leftist groups and anarchists. But leftists are not anarchists and anarchists are not leftists. So WTF? Who are they?
Enough Francisco! Yes, I know, we’ve all had enough of bad news. So, our country is slowly creeping out of the critical phase of this portion or wave of the pandemic. Our numbers are getting better and better and I thank God! We need normalcy again, even if it is the SOS we used to complain about daily. I miss seeing the sidewalks of Valencia filled with our bars and our deer drinkers, our gin tonic drinkers, our coffee drinkers, our drinkers in general! Come on all of you political leaders throughout the land, let our people drink in the streets!
Thank you, I would like to hear now from you. What do you think? What’s going on? and What can we do this weekend?