The General Strike in Catalonia mobilized tens of thousands of people on the streets today. Many Catalonians consider the long-term prison sentences dished out against nine politicians of the independence movement issued by central authorities a slap to their faces of their striving towards independence. Hence, for days now the Spanish State is experiencing great turmoil, with riots, combative mass manifestations and demonstrations taking place on a daily bases. From within the the Spanish State, comrades from Galicia have published the following article that was published shortly released before the announcement of the sentences. We document an (unofficial) translation:

On Monday the 14th, the sentence against the politicians of the independence process will be officially known. It opens a new political period or at least places "the peaceful independence path", led by the bourgeoisie, before a fact, already known in advance: The punitive condemnation of the Spanish oligarchy against the political prisoners of process.

No longer will there be great statements, baloney or fictional republics. It will be the facts that speak.

The communists defend, without reservations, the Right of Self-Determination of the Peoples, which is the Leninist line, while we affirm that in the imperialist countries, these processes can only be realized around a program of Socialist Revolution and not by the hand of the bourgeoisie, which however nationalist it is, only seeks a new capitalist state.

In the current moment the Catalan masses lack an authentic Communist Party that, armed with the proletarian ideology, Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, is capable of leading the struggle for independence and socialism.

Nevertheless, the class struggle, the struggle for national independence, will generate the same. We have no doubt! It is a dialectical law of history.

The Spanish oligarchy, the Crown, that is deeply reactionary, is playing with a fire that can engulf them them and their rotten regime in a great crisis. We must be alert!