Spain’s War Tax Resistance Movement

More news from the war tax resistance movement in Spain:

About 20 taxpayers from Pallars have resisted their military taxes.

The Tax Resistance Assembly of Pallars (Jussà and Sobirà) has completed the annual campaign with the presentation of the Collective Declaration of War Tax Resistance. Ten taxpayers have addressed, jointly, a letter to the tax office in Lleida in order to express their refusal to contribute to military spending, which, according to the General State Budget, is 4.7% for the Ministry of Defense, but can also be found camouflaged in spending for Science and Technology, Industry, R&D, National Guard, international cooperation (Afghanistan War, Kosovo, Colombia…)

, at least eight additional taxpayers have opted to present their declaration of resistance in their own way.

In all, 1,418.84 euros have been rescued and have been allocated to the common project of the campaign this year, in support of the movement of refuseniks and conscientious objectors in Paraguay and of other peace and development initiatives.

The Tax Resistance Assembly of Pallars treasures the positive and helpful manner of this year’s campaign. They report that talks have been held in Sort, La Pobla de Segur, and Tremp, and 350 posters have been put up, indicating that in some places they didn’t last 24 hours.

The number of people who resist war taxes has increased in the two Pallars, by about 15% per year, they reported.

In a communique, the assembly considers it “an insult to the intelligence to speak of [economic] crisis in order to justify cutting social investment when with the cost of three Leopard tanks a hospital can be built and operated or the worth of two Tomahawk missiles could run a school.”

“Exports of the Spanish military industry, principally in private hands, have grown 44%, selling to Morocco, Israel, Venezuela, Thailand, Brazil, Cuba, Ghana, Mauritania, Senegal, Georgia, Syria, and Iran,” they reported.

The former president of Catalonia, Pasqual Maragall i Mira, told an interviewer that he’s lost patience with legal efforts to improve the status of Catalonia and now advocates a mass tax resistance campaign.

Pasqual Maragall has made an appeal for tax resistance if Madrid does not submit to the demands of Catalonia. In an interview with the magazine Selecciona’t, the ex-president has indicated that to achieve the recognition of the Catalan Selections and to improve the country, “all things that are legal, lawful, are a waste of time.”

Maragall has opted for “the second way, as did the mayor of Barcelona, Doctor Robert, when Madrid no daba lo que tocaba [I can’t figure out how to translate that — “didn’t pay the piper?” maybe? —♇], is the closing of the cashbox. If they don’t give, we don’t pay. I speak of carrying out a tax resistance campaign. I know that it’s a little hard and risky. But if we suppose that 10,000 people don’t pay — can they put 10,000 people behind bars? They can’t put them behind bars! They will levy a fine. We won’t pay, we won’t pay. If they won’t give, we won’t give.”