TV3, keeping it classy.

A little context: On May 9, 1978, Catalan businessman José María Butló (born 1900) was kidnapped by members of the Exèrcit Popular Català (Catalan Popular Army,) and the terrorists attached a bomb to his chest. They told him that if he did not pay 500 million pesetas they would detonate the bomb. Also, if he tried to remove the bomb, it would explode. Details are sketchy, but we know he refused to pay and, later, when he was at his home, the bomb exploded. He died.

If I’m not mistaken, eight people were convicted for the crime, some as perpetrators, others as accomplices. One of these people, Carles Sastre, was sentenced to 30 years for that crime, for his involvement with Terra Lliure, and for illegal possession of weapons, although eventually he only had to serve 11 years.


Now, yesterday, he was interviewed on a TV3 (Catalonia’s public television) news program called Més324. The reason? He -along 23 other “historic militants of Catalan nationalism”- had signed a political manifesto about the current political stalemate. However, the host did not bother to mention that little thing about his past, just that he was arrested and imprisoned “in relation to the death of Bultó.” Almost as if he had had a heart attack or something. The host also said about Sastre: “Released in 1996, Carles Sastre has been the longest-serving Terra Lliure’s political prisoner.” The host also showed his astonishment about “how many years you have served in prison.”

Classy.

Sources:

“TV3 presents an ex-Terra Lliure member as a hero”, e-noticies

Més324 interview

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5 thoughts on “TV3, keeping it classy.

  1. Juanmari

    Han cambiado la historia de hace 300 años, han cambiado la historia de hace 80 años, cambiar la de hace 40 parece una evolución lógica. Igualmente parece lógico investir de autoridad de sabio a cualquiera que les haga caso después de que no funcionará la perfomance de los carteles gigantes de Obama, Merkel y Ban Ki-moon. Una degeneración previsible. Tristemente previsible.

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  2. En el fragor del asco he dejado de comentar que:
    1) Graset lee, con casi inapreciables adaptaciones, la entrada sobre Carles Sastre en Wikipedia. Eso sí, se salta “El 31 d’octubre de 1985 fou condemnat per l’Audiència Nacional a 48 anys de presó com a coautor de l’assassinat de Josep Maria Bultó Marquès el 9 de maig de 1977”.
    2) Las imágenes de lo que deduzco es la salida de prisión de Montserrat Tarragó me han transportado, muy desgraciadamente, al recibimiento a la salida de prisión de quienes todos sabemos. Quede grabado como otra de las muchas vergüenzas a que nos somete TV3.
    3) Por supuesto, si Sastre ha pagado su deuda con la sociedad, merece ser reintegrado a la misma. Lo malo es que, Graset mediante, parece un héroe de La Résistance, un “preso político” (por favor) y… me freno en lo siguiente.
    Iba a escribir un artículo, pero ya casi lo he hecho…

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    1. emperorponders

      Bueno, no sé si las deudas se pagan nunca del todo, pero como mínimo no es necesario (ni ético) engañar. Fue, por supuesto, la frase de “preso político” lo que me encendió. Insinuar lo falso e ignorar lo verdadero, y todo eso.

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  3. Cuando me he “frenado” iba a escribir algo del tipo de lo que has escrito respecto de lo de “preso político”, pero bastante más grueso… Ostras tú, los efectos que nos produce la civilización y el raciocinio que les faltan a otros.

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