Outlawing of political parties in Spain
Speeding-up of democratic
degeneration in Spain has set levels of warranties under minima of
legitimacy. Spanish Regime -become in one of the main rentiers of ETA's
crimes- has created the crime of identity with terrorism, which has
multiplied the number of political prisoners and victims of
administrative reprisal. Nauseas before ETA's crime, together with a
huge indoctrination of propaganda media, is letting spanish democrat
people are playing down the biggest regression since franquist
We unknow future reach of crime of
identity with terrorism, but it has been exhaustively applied. Every
accusation leads to political prisioners or victims of reprisal. For the
Regime, the outlawed political party "is" ETA, the disolved
parliamentary groups "are" ETA, young organization of the mentioned
party "is" source of ETA, closed newspapers "are" publications of ETA,
closed social associations "are" ETA, closed social centers "are" owned
by ETA, electoral lists declared null and void "are" ETA, closed
Internet websites "are" owned by ETA, imprisoned councilmen "belong"
ETA. And of course, who dare to criticize hardly this regression "are"
supporters of ETA(!!).
We state our maximum scorn for the
spanish nationalism of Regime which exploits politically pain, and for
vasque nationalism for its continuos sympathy before political crime of
ETA. Both sides have provoked the biggest fall of the sickly spanish
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Regime prevents at least 10% of electors from voting in the Northern of
Spain, turning next local elections into illegitimate.
Fast degeneration of democratic conditions in Spain has reached a
non-return point, preventing potential electors of an outlawed regional
party from effective right of vote.
According previous reports, the outlawing of this party is gone with an
incredible increase of political prisioners and victims of
administrative reprisal, due to an attitude of "sympathy" with terrorism
that Regimen has turned into a crime of "identity" with terrorism.
Spanish Regime has just declared null and void hundreds of independent
electoral lists, considering them "similar" to the party outlawed
several months ago. This party reached in the last elections 10% of
votes, with a ceil of 18.9% in 1990. There is not any effective chance
of over 10% of electors in the Northern in Spain to be able to exercise
their political freedom to elect their local representatives.
It is highly probable this democratic degeneration provokes a spiral of
violence in next electoral day 25 of May, and during constitution of
future and illegitimate town councils.
Demopunk Net makes a very special call for avoiding every kind of
violence of both Regime and concerned people. Political pacifism is a
moral duty which does not admite any excuse.
5/MARCH/2003. Civil rights in Spain, plastic stuff in the
hands of elites.
Although monitoring of civil rights in Spain is not an aim of
Demopunk's pages, again we have to assume the duty of reporting their
deep deterioration in Spain, using the alibi of struggle against
Since several months, political-media strategy of spanish Regime
consists of identifying the terrorist group ETA with its environment of
"sympathy". It is not a rhetorical identification, it is a solid
identity becoming into a crime of involvement in murders; sending
politicians, journalists and social activists to jail. Who report that
such a strategy leads to the existence of real political prisoner have
to bear insults and veiled threaths, to put with manichean simplicity of
being accused of involvement in terror (!!). Deterioration of civil
rights is an evidence, at least for the minority wanting to retain them
(the majority of the spanish society remains within the same historical
levels of political apathy) About these issues, we have informed several
times: 10/JUL/02, 9/SEP/02
On this occasion, we echo the report of International
Amnesty about the closure of a newspaper and the solitary
confinement of its executives. After ten days, we do not know yet the
foundations of such an action. As in another occasions, we have only
information from propaganda media of the Regime, stressing the
aforementioned crime of "identity". From point of view of Demopunk's
pages, reports and warnings from International Amnesty deserve plenty
credibility due to maintain coherently a continous condemnation against
This situation lives with numerous detention of people of muslim
origin, subjected to "antiterrorist" legislation, under accusation of
belonging of the network of the so-called "worldwide terrorism". On the
edge of nonsense, these detentions are much-trumpeted by propaganda
media, but until now EVERYONE have been freed due to absence of
decomposition of spanish Regime goes on
As expected, the outlawing of the political party EH goes on
provoking democratic decomposition of the spanish Regime. The presidency
of a regional parliament has withdrawn the majority of the political
rights of elected deputies belonging to mentioned party, under
circumstances so irregular that a dangerous democratic involution is
Despite the Art.67.2
of the spanish constitution states pompously deputies are not bounded to
any external mandate, the sad realities are different. Closed lists in
legislative elections and the ban for deputies on secret voting in the
Parliament (see Art.85
of Regulations of Congress) turn our elected representatives into
puppets owned by the writers of electoral lists.
But keeping the constitutional charade about deputies do not suffer
from external mandate, implies regulations of every parliaments allow
deputies form a group "freely"; no criteria of grouping by parties are
rules, it is supposely an individual decision of every deputy.
Therefore, during last August spanish democrats were surprised by the
resolution of a low-level judge "ordering" regional parliaments to
dissolve a parliamentary group due to outlawing a political party.
In spite of Parliamentary Groups are in fact the institutional
transfiguration of political parties, constitutionally there is not any
linkage between a party and elected representatives. Outlawing a party
cannot provoke elected deputies lose their more significative political
rights, which are exercised by means of parliamentary groups. No
parliamentary rule book -neither national nor regional- has yet dared to
state against the constitutional charade which denies hypocritically the
linkage between deputies and political parties; merely, no parliament is
ready to fufill such a judicial "order".
But regional elite of Navarra have resolved so much inconsistency. Two
weeks after receiving the judicial "order", the president of regional
parliament of Navarra together with the four deputies leading the
parliamentary groups have written and approved a modification of the
Regulations whereby a parliamentary group is dissolved (and the
economical subvention is withdrawn) if ordered by judicial resolution;
even if it is not final, even from a low-level judge, even
retroactively. This aggresion from only five people are absolutely
legal, according the Art.40.2 of the own Regulations. The rest of
regional deputies do not want and cannot say anything. Integral text for
motivated reader is offered.
Sadly summing up, we watch as a low-level judge by means a mere
non-final judicial proceeding and the obvious complicity of regional
elite of Navarra (that is, only six people) cancel political rights of
When talking about democratic involution is not a rhetorical term. The
regional parliament of Basque Country has also received such a judicial
"order", but in this case they refuse to modify their Regulations; they
claim having received a non-applicable "order". Reaction of spanish
Regime has been alarming; the president of Supreme Court threatens to
judge by disobedience to regional deputies, the most irate elite of
spanish nationalism publicly ask national power for dissolving the
regional institutions (initiative with legal support too: the Art.155 of the
constitution seems having been copied from Franco's legislation).
09/SEPTEMBER/2002. Democratic regression
in Spain. The Regime outlaws a party backed by 10% of votes
Spanish democrats watch in alarm the most severe democratic
regression from the Fascist Transition (1975-1980). As could be feared
(see information in 10/Juy/2002) the law of
outlawing political parties has been imposed on the party EH, a
regional party backed by 10% of votes (in 1990 supported by 18.3% of
votes). By means of a sequence of institucional acts that ridicules
separation of powers, national elite have outlawed this party due to
its "relation" with the violent organization ETA which criminal
activity, even remarkably decreased, goes on suffering basque and
Severity of this democratic regression just lies in subjectivity of the
term "relation". In contrast to homogeneous propaganda of the Regime,
people interested in watching spanish realities must know that identity
between EH and ETA is a propaganda topic offending evidence, that there
is not relation of necessary complicity, that ETA's crimes are not
planned, financed or executed by EH. But also they must know that there
is a relation of mutual congeniality, that some persons have been bound
to both organizations, that EH renders homage to prisoner and deceased
belonging to ETA, that statements of some persons are clear eulogy of
The party EH has been outlawed by its "relation" of congeniality
with ETA; an active congeniality exhibited without shame, nauseating
pacifist and democrat collective in Spain. But real position is very far
from moral legitimacy to outlaw a real political party. Political
parties are central institutions within actual democratic culture;
outlawing a political party is a very grave decision that cancels
untouchable political freedoms (in this case of thousands people).
Democratic regression has reached the point of forbiding the large
pacifical demonstrations against the outlawing, closing every supporting
media (press, websites, ...), closing sympathizer sites (bars, pubs,
...), political and judicially putting pressure on USA and Australia to
close websites; and likely regression will increase (see news from Amnesty International). Only a
regime blinded by its spanish nationalism could vindicate such a
regression, appropriating politically distress of victims of ETA while
refusing to articulate pacifically the self-determination right.
Outlawing a party by a "relation" of congeniality is miserable. We
cannot understand why the no rejection of ETA's crimes by EH is more
contemptible than kisses and kindness of the Head of spanish State (the
monarch Juan Carlos I) and of his prime minister to the dictator of
Saudi Arabia. The monarch Juan Carlos I had better read the reports of
International Amnesty than wine and dine every summer for saudi
dictator, or the dictators of Morocco, Kuwait or Jordan. We cannot
understand either, why hypocrisy of EH about violence of ETA is
more contemptible than permanent refusal to recognize the Franco's
genocide on the part of the political party which, from the government,
has promoved this outlawing. If the behaviour of EH deserves outlawing,
what about the monarch and the philo-fascist party?
Since scarcities of the defective spanish predemocracy and the
miserable political position of the outlawed party, actual events were
foreseeable. But in this fight of cooks there are more victims. The
spanish regime, in its eagerness to indoctrinate people, has built a
manichean atmosphere. Who do not think according official pattern is
tagged as accomplice of the violents, acussed ironically by a regimen
under permanent suspicion of dirty war. Complicity that has sometimes
price: complete teams of television have been victims of a reprisal due
to "formal defects" in news programmes. As a result, the Regime and its
propaganda media exhibit so stressed paroxysm that provokes among people
real fear of voicing freely their opinnions.
The reader must also know the criminal organization ETA, thanks to
policial efficiency and international collaboration, has decreased
markedly its activity, and the outlawed party shows an obvious
electoral decline, may be attribuible to its hypocrisy about violence.
Therefore, we are not able to understand the machiavellian reasons
hidden by this act of structural violence of national elite.
From democrat passion we demand vigorously the restoration of
political freedoms in Spain.
10/JULIO/2002. El Régimen
español aprueba la ley de ilegalización de partidos
Acaba de ser aprobada, con pomposo nombre, la Ley Orgánica de
Partidos Políticos, sin embargo por encima del 80% de sus
artículos se dedican a reglamentar el procedimiento de
ilegalización de partidos políticos, el resto de ellos
no pasan de ser bonitas y huecas intenciones sin respaldo reglamentario.
Para aquellos que desconocen la penosa agenda política en
España merece la pena una breve explicación. La
tramitación de esta ley se debe a la virulenta
confrontación entre nacionalistas que satura la actualidad
politica española, de la cual las páginas de Demopunk han
informado en varias ocasiones (1/Marzo/2002, 22/Diciembre/2000, ...). Probablemente esta ley
provocará en breve la ilegalización de los partidos
políticos del independentismo vasco. La espiral de violencia
Pero ante todo para la población demócrata radical,
esta es una oportunidad perdida. Habría sido la ocasión de
abordar el gravísimo problema del "mandato imperativo" de
nuestros representantes, que mantiene podridas las raices del sistema
representativo de la predemocracia española (especialmente al
tratarse de nuestra única libertad política). Las
páginas de Demopunk han abordado en diferentes ocasiones esta
problemática y mantiene algunas secciones monográficas:
1/OCTUBRE/00. "Transfugismo" y
27/ENERO/00. Las elecciones han
Por la Reforma Electoral en
España. Voto Personal Transferible
Elecciones Primarias de
El lector interesado puede comprobar como la ley no hace la más
mínima mención al precepto constitucional del "mandato
imperativo" (y mucho menos lo reglamenta y protege), artículo 67.2;
artículo tan vacio y hueco como la presente ley, como su
constitution, y como el aburrido Régimen que sufrimos.
Simplemente, este problema no existe para las élites que nos
La mencionada ley es tan penosamente monográfica que ni siquiera
aborda el importante problema de la financiación de los partidos
políticos, que es despachado con una referencia a la actual Ley
Orgánica sobre Financiación de los Partidos
Políticos de 1987; la cual ha demostrado ser un coladero de
corrupción que en algunos sectores industriales y financieros
llega a lastrar el propio crecimiento económico.
Prácticamente nadie nos acompaña en tan severas
críticas. Ni los medios de propaganda, ni los ámbitos
universitarios. Ni por supuesto ningún partido político
(de izquierda a derecha), realmente los principales beneficiarios de
un Régimen capaz de prohibir el voto secreto a sus diputados en
las decisiones de importancia, véase el impresionante artículo 85 del
Reglamento del Congreso español.
La Historia es caprichosa. Mientras se aprobaba esta decepcionante ley,
de nuevo -como ya ocurrió en Enero/1999-
el Presidente del Gobierno en un mismo acto sustituye ministros, nombra
al Presidente del Senado, sustituye a Presidentes de Comunidades
Autónomas y reorganiza cargos internos de su partido. Todo un
ejemplo de separación de poderes y de ausencia de "mandato
imperativo" en los representantes. En el límite del esperpento,
otro personaje de la élite política nos ofrece las
siguientes declaraciones (una guinda final para el lector todavía
"... quien realmente elige a los candidatos es el
Comite Electoral que yo presido. No tengo más que decir que
quien decide estatutariamente y quien realmente elige a los candidatos
es el Comite Electoral Nacional" (ABC,
1/MARCH/2002. Spiral of political
represion in Spain
Last months, in Sapin tens of persons related with the basque
independentist movent have been imprisioned. The political crimes of the
terrorist organization ETA become the emotive excuse to break
basque independentism up politically.
What begins as ambiguous laws against terrorist eulogy, have became
into prison repression of a significant number of persons. The penal
charges become known to public opinion are unacceptable within a public
fredooms regime. Propaganda media are are spreading that charges are
"international public relationships of ETA", "to point to criminal
targets of ETA by means of independentist newspapers", "to belong to
the ETA's nursery", "to support convicts belonging to ETA". Tens of
persons stand in prision waiting such trials.
As might have been expected, such judicial decisions (preventive
imprisionment) are tinged by superior judicial authorities. But
"fortuitously", judges who dare to make such tingings have just
eventually removed from office by to release drug dealers. Other
"coincidence" like the judge Gomer de Liaño affair, who dare
to imprision a leader of the dirty war against ETA, and shortly after
he was removed from office due to pervert of the course of justice
against a tycoon.
During last months laws are being written which will be going to
outlaw the basque independentist party.
Democrat people are the first political victims of this conflict among
spanish and basque nationalism. On the one hand a regime is imposed
where independentist cannot have democratic ways, on the other hand the
political crimes of ETA destroy lifes and families.
22/DECEMBER/2000. ETA and
Spanish Regime. Nauseas by political crime.
Demopunk pages, encouraged by the same passion to unmask the
ridiculous democratic self-legitimization of the spanish regime, would
like to state our nauseas and surfeit by the political crimes of
ETA. They should not think that structural violence derived from
negation and repression of the self-determination right, is enough
even to hit slaps anybody, much less to burst lifes and families.
We are aware of spanish regime feeds back political regimen,
generation after generation. Conscious its propaganda media provoke
anger to anybody moderately informed. Because the thin population
who gasp any breathing out of the media bubble, know regime
exercises physical, political and structural violence when needed.
But neither regime protects us from ETA, nor ETA protects us from
regime. Nor the end of one of them could round off with political
The solution, remote solution, only arises from the permanent booing
of a satiated society. And we must call on particularly democrat
nationalist, spanish and basque, to defuse their mad brothers.
We are fed up with all of you. Very odd!
a friend. Lucía Draín