Brexiteer flames EU President for turning blind eye.
British MEP and Brexit champion, Nigel Farage, unloaded on EU bureaucrats – specifically European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker – for turning a blind eye to police brutality during a referendum vote in Catalonia, Spain, that shocked the world this weekend.
Farage entered guns-blazing, blasting Juncker – who sat mere feet away – and the EU as a whole, inferring that Madrid’s violently oppressive treatment of peaceful voters was the embodiment of EU tyranny as a whole.
“I think European citizens… would be stunned that Mr. Juncker comes here for his one appearance in the Strasbourg session this week, and there is absolutely no mention made of the dramatic events that have taken place inside a European Union member state that is allegedly a modern democracy,” Farage fired off to moderate applause from the mainly globalist audience. “Yeah, I’ve called the European Union ‘undemocratic,’ I’ve called it ‘anti-democratic’ – but never, in my fiercest criticisms here, did I think we would see the police of a member state of the Union injuring 900 people, in an attempt to stop them going out to vote.”
“Whether or not it was legal, nationally, for people in Catalonia to have a vote, surely people are allowed to express an opinion.”
“We saw women being dragged out of polling stations by their hair, old ladies with gashes in their foreheads – the most extraordinary display, and what do we get from Mr. Juncker today? Not a dicky bird,” Farage continued, pointing directly at Juncker. “I think it is quite extraordinary that this Union is prepared to turn a blind eye.”
Farage went on to point out that if UK police were to respond in similar fashion to Brexit-related demonstrations, the international community would be clamoring for immediate hearings in front of the EU Court of Human Rights.
He also implied that the barbaric behavior of Spain’s ‘Civil Guardia’ police was a troubling omen in light of a push by some member states to establish a stand-alone EU paramilitary force, which could presumably carry out similar enforcement tactics against any group of people who resist the superstate’s agenda – such as Brexiteers.
“Knowing as I do, your advance plans – seven of you member states, with your military police, your ‘Euro Gendarmerie’ force, all I can say once again, is thank God we are leaving,” Farage said, referencing Brexit.
If British police roughed up a Remain rally, EU would scream blue murder. Yet they don’t even want to talk about violence in Catalonia. pic.twitter.com/4boVkzcQho
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) October 3, 2017
“If British police roughed up a Remain rally, EU would scream blue murder,” Farage later wrote on Twitter. “Yet they don’t even want to talk about violence in Catalonia.”
Images and videos released from Catalonia during the course of the weekend stunned the world as elderly women were bloodied and beaten by riot police who ruthlessly savaged peaceful voters and demonstrators with truncheons – even firing rubber bullets into crowds. Eventually, unarmed Catalan firemen intervened, attempting to protect local citizens, but they were also attacked by the Guardia Civil.
THIS WOMAN SHAL BECOME A SYMBOL OF CATALONIA’S INDEPENDENCE
— Tanin (@TaninKendal) October 1, 2017
— Frederick Douglass (@gettinnoticedmo) October 1, 2017
— khlo(@_chloemills) October 1, 2017
According to Catalan government spokesman Jordi Turull, the referendum passed with an overwhelming 89% support after more than two million ballots were counted.
However, the Spanish government has declared the vote illegal and claims it will not recognize the result, which will likely lead to further unrest in the region and the EU at large.
If anything Nigel went easy on them, and to all the people who think they’re being smart saying he called for less EU in domestic politics, THIS ISN’T POLITICS. It’s human rights, and by article 7 of the Lisbon Treaty, Spain should be suspended from the EU for breaching article 2, and dispatching a branch of the military against an unarmed civilian population.
Here are the Lisbon Treaty Articles in play.
The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail.
1. On a reasoned proposal by one third of the Member States, by the European Parliament or by the European Commission, the Council, acting by a majority of four fifths of its members after obtaining the consent of the European Parliament, may determine that there is a clear risk of a serious breach by a Member State of the values referred to in Article 2. Before making such a determination, the Council shall hear the Member State in question and may address recommendations to it, acting in accordance with the same procedure. The Council shall regularly verify that the grounds on which such a determination was made continue to apply.
2. The European Council, acting by unanimity on a proposal by one third of the Member States or by the European Commission and after obtaining the consent of the European Parliament, may determine the existence of a serious and persistent breach by a Member State of the values referred to in Article 2 after inviting the Member State in question to submit its observations.
3. Where a determination under paragraph 2 has been made, the Council, acting by a qualified majority, may decide to suspend certain of the rights deriving from the application of the Treaties to the Member State in question, including the voting rights of the representative of the government of that Member State in the Council. In doing so, the Council shall take into account the possible consequences of such a suspension on the rights and obligations of natural and legal persons. The obligations of the Member State in question under the Treaties shall in any case continue to be binding on that State.
4. The Council, acting by a qualified majority, may decide subsequently to vary or revoke measures taken under paragraph 3 in response to changes in the situation which led to their being imposed.
5. The voting arrangements applying to the European Parliament, the European Council and the Council for the purposes of this Article are laid down in Article 354of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
Thanks to Nigel Farage for once again exposing the EU’s blatant hypocrisy. Thanks to Fabian for the Lisbon Treaty comments.