On the occasion of the referendum in Catalonia, the Press Office of the CC of the KKE issued the following statement:
"The KKE condemns the barbaric state violence and repression exercised by the spanish government during yesterday's referendum in Catalonia. This policy sharpens nationalist and divisive viewpoints from both sides, while it feeds the intra-bourgeois- strange to workers-people's rights- antagonisms within Spain.
Besides, the decision also of the catalan government for the referendum does not aim to solve the problems of the people of Catalonia and serve its interests, independently from the acceptable that this decision may have to widespread popular strata. It serves parts of the capital, which think that, at this stage, their interests are better served through a more extended autonomy or, even, through Catalonia's independence from the rest of Spain. This assumption comes as a result of other similar referendums, such as the ones that took place in Scotland, in Britain regarding the country's exit from the EU or the referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan with the interference of powerful imperialist powers.
Such actions, which set border change issue, open dangerous ways and disguise the subjective fact that the contradiction between capital-labor is sharpening even more in all countries.
Class contrasts, class exploitation and oppression not only will remain, but they will be intensified, either in Spain with its current formation or in a more autonomous or even independent Catalonia, as long as the power of the capital remains intact.
The strengthening of the anticapitalist struggle, of the struggle for socialism is the only road which gives a way out to today's sharpened problems and deadlocks, it addresses the policies which divide the people. Only in a socialist Spain the popular needs can be satisfied and the issues of respect of the national, historical and cultural traditions can be solved."