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Catalonia is on the brink of revolution. Which side the police choose will decide this weekend’s outcome

The situation in Catalonia is degrading rapidly.  The Spanish government is in the process, like the NFL, of committing ritualistic suicide in its crackdown on Catalans simply attempting to peacefully end their official relationship with the rest of Spain.

Martin Armstrong yesterday fielded a comment from a local about the police beginning to choose sides, which Martin rightly identified as the fulcrum on which everything in Catalonia will rest.

COMMENT: Mr. Armstrong, the police in Barcelona are starting to defend the people against Madrid. Thank you so much!

REPLY: The critical moment in any revolution is when the police/army switch sides to the people. Yeltsin stood on the tanks in Russia and the army stood down. In Ukraine, I warned that the people had to get the police to switch to their side and the revolution would succeed.

This morning Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange followed up on this point with a very important observation about the scale of the problem for Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the Spanish police and military: