Anarchy in Catalan

For historical context on the #CatalanReferendum, read George Orwell‘s “Homage to Catlonia“. It’s a gripping personal narrative that also paints a larger geo-political picture. Especially relevant now/again as #CatalanReferendum is happening.

This is the book that set up 1984.

This is the war that set up WWII.


For contemporary context, read CrimethInc.’s “Anarchists on the Catalan Referendum : Three Perspectives from the Streets”.

On Sunday, October 1, the Catalan government held a referendum about Catalan independence from Spain in flagrant defiance of the Spanish government. Massive open clashes between Catalan voters and Spanish police took place throughout the region. A general strike is called for October 3 as a showdown looms between rival politicians and, perhaps, rival states. This situation poses complex challenges: how do anarchists show solidarity to partisans of Catalan independence against police repression without legitimizing nationalism, democracy, or a new Catalan state and its police? We spoke with several anarchists throughout the region and translated these three reports to offer insight into how Catalan anarchists are approaching these questions.

CrimethInc.