The two articles below discuss the anti-Christian and pro-Islamic activities of a Catalonian Marxist youth organization called Arran. The group targets Christian churches with vandalism and graffiti, but objects to those who treat mosques in a similar manner.
Many thanks to Pampasnasturtium for the translations. The first article is recent; the second, from 2017, is added to provide background on Arran’s activities.
First, from El Nacional:
Arran hangs a banner under Our Lady of Montserrat to denounce sexual abuses by the Church
Photo: Arran Juventut
Barcelona, February 10 2019
Arran, the youth organization of the Catalan pro-independence Left, has hung a banner at the feet of Our Lady of Montserrat to denounce ‘the avalanche of sexual abuse cases within the Catholic Church’.
On the sign can be seen the faces of Montserrat’s abbot, Josep Maria Soler, Girona’s bishop, Francesc Pardo, and Tarragona’s archbishop, Jaume Pujol, and it reads: “May your God forgive you. The Church is abuse, ‘machismo’ (male supremacy) and regime’.
Arran has uploaded a video on social networks where they can be seen hanging the banner on the choir of Montserrat abbey and it’s explained there that this action ‘wants to point the finger at those guilty of sexual abuses in the Church’.
Via a public statement released this Sunday, the youth organization of the pro-independence Left has denounced ‘the sexual abuses and their cover-up afterwards, the role of the Church as a fundamental pillar of the patriarchal system, with misogynistic and male-supremacist discourses, and the Catholic Church as an indispensable piece for the machinery of the “régimen del 78” and the perpetuation of it’.
The second article is from Actuall:
After attacking Catholic and Evangelical churches, the hard Left comes out in support of a mosque
Catalan separatists of the CUP, Candidatura d’Unitat Popular, and one of the groups that form that party, youth organization Arran, have demonstrated their double standards when the time comes to relate to believers.
August 24, 2017
Caption: Arran and CUP protest Islamophobia and encourage Christianophobia.
This Sunday CUP denounced insulting graffiti painted on a mosque in Sant Celoni (Barcelona) with the text ‘f***ing dead Moors’, announcing that in 12 hours the wall would be repainted, and ending with the slogan ‘love against barbarism’.
[Twitter embed: ‘Indisputable condemnation of the racist graffiti today on c. Dr Barri mosque. Tomorrow at 12 noon they’ll be painted over, love against barbarism.’]
As indicated by Fernando Díaz Villanueva, on Monday CUP was showing two pictures of members of its organization helping paint over the graffiti on the mosque, stating: ‘We condemn any display of fascism’.
[Twitter embed: ‘All together we repainted the mosque’s wall. We condemn any display of fascism. #NoPassaran’]
The attack on the mosque is without doubt immoral, but the CUP’s attitude can only be described as a colossal display of hypocrisy. And that’s because one of the groups that form CUP is Arran, a hard-Left pro-independence youth org that has taken part in violent acts of vandalism in different places.
As a sample of that, in November 2013 Arran attacked Sant Ot’s Catholic church in Barcelona, covering in purple paint its front and leaving a graffiti signed by the group, which even boasted about the attack on its website, displaying a video of the cowardly assault, carried out in the middle of the night.
Caption: Photo published by Arran of its attack on Sant Ot’s Catholic church in Barcelona, in November 2013.
A few months later, in March of 2014, Arran attacked an Evangelical church in Torredembarra (Tarragona), throwing purple paint bombs against the first two floors of the front of the building, for the simple reason that Evangelical churches defend the right to life from conception, while Arran argues that killing babies that are still unborn is a ‘right’. Once more, far from hiding, Arran defended the attack on its website.
Caption: The Christian Biblical Baptist Church of Torredembarra (Tarragona),after the attack by Arran against this Evangelical temple. (Photo: Protestante Digital)
In November 2015 the far-left organization once again proudly displayed its Christianophobia, painting a graffito signed by Arran in Premiá del Mar (Barcelona) with the text ‘The only church that lights up is the one that burns’, written in Catalan (picture which can be seen at the top of this post). Once more, on its local Facebook page Arran claimed for itself the authorship of the Christianophobic graffiti, and even justified it when faced with the huge amount of criticism it received.
Caption: Arran graffiti on Manresa’s collegiate church, a Gothic temple declared a historical monument. (Picture: NacioDigital.cat)
In September 2016 the hard-leftist org tried again, this time attacking the Basilica of Santa María de la Aurora’s College in Manresa (Barcelona) with pro-abortion graffiti, not caring in the least that it’s a Gothic building and declared a historical monument, an artistic treasure that merits special protection.
That these Christianophobes come out now protesting Islamophobia and brag about being defenders of ‘love’ is the last straw. An organization that openly defends criminal attacks as described above against Christians of multiple persuasions and even crimes against public property should be made illegal on the spot.
||Arran is defined as a Marxist youth organization that “is committed to political and economic independence and reunification of the Catalan Countries, the attainment of socialism and overcoming patriarchy from a feminist perspective.” The group also promotes other issues such as environmentalism, decent housing and work, anti-fascism, anti-racism, internationalist solidarity and the defense of public and people’s education.
||“La Moreneta”: Our Lady of Montserrat, Patron Saint of Catalonia together with Saint George.
||Regime means here the status quo of Spanish political parties that was established after 1978, once the dictator Franco was dead and he had designated the King as guarantor of political transition and national unity.