The “independence” referendum in Catalonia was accused of bitcoin funding

nRunaway Comment: Catalonia’s sensational “independent” referendum has gradually eased and the Spanish government has regained control of the area. At the moment, relevant agencies disclosed in the investigation of the incident that Bitcoin has played an important supporting role in the process because many of the services that promote “independence” are paid in Bitcoin, making it possible to evade such actions in the eyes of the government. Globally, cryptocurrencies have always been well received by the brinkmanship government.n
nTranslation: Inan
The Catalan “Independence” referendum is funded by Bitcoinn
Amazon and Google were also implicated in the political fight. Spain’s national law enforcement agency said that Carles Puigdemont, an advocate of the illegal “independent” referendum in Catalonia, uses bitcoin to pay for services such as websites to bypass state regulation.n
Jon Rogers and Maria Ortega report:n
n”Allegedly, Google provides it with an online tool, Project Privacy Shield, to protect its Web site from cyber-attacks, and Amazon provides it with a ticketing system.”n
nThe Spanish government took extraordinary steps to suppress the referendum, including freezing funds and encouraging its traditional banking institutions to leave Catalonia to protest. The horrifying image of Madrid police assaulting unarmed referendum supporters quickly spread around the world.n

Google and Amazon received subpoenas – asking them to explain the nature of the relationship with the parliament in Catalonia. Rogers and Ortega point out that what deserves most attention is his own activities directly through Puigdemont backers, including Josue Sallent of CTTI.n
Raid and relative anonymityn
Just before the referendum, the local Public Telecommunications Bureau CTTI was attacked by the police and the police appeared to be looking for links with companies such as Google.n
According to “Spain’s Le Monde” reported that Rogers and Ortega said:n
n”Josue Sallent contacted Scytl (Secure Electronic Voting) since April last year and held several meetings.” According to an unnamed employee, Sallent proposed “to develop a counting software that will be implemented in Gatai Used in the voting and civic consultation of the Lonja parliament “.n
nScytl’s Web site states that the company “is an internationally recognized leader in secure election management and e-voting solutions. Over the past decade Scytl has electronically represented over 20 countries including the United States, Mexico, France, Norway, Switzerland, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina and India held more than 100,000 elections. “Of course, Catalonia is not on this list.n

Rogers and Ortega explain:n
n”It is said that Scytl quotes this project between 1 million and 2 million euros.”n
nThe company then conducted legal advice to Garrigues, the second-largest law firm in mainland Europe based in Spain. It is reported that Garrigue urged its caution and suggested that although such acts are not currently illegal, they may turn out to be illegal in the future.n
n”The unsigned source told the media that members and officials of Catalonia paid some services in bitcoin.” They said it made it far more difficult to track down where they paid than to track their credit cards.n
nThere are an increasing number of examples of the power of change in bitcoin, especially where marginal political groups have no access to traditional finance. Whether it is in Zimbabwe, Venezuela or the relatively affluent Catalonia, cryptocurrency has become its last refuge.n

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