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Serbian Media: 2010 Bilderberg Conference 9 years ago #509

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Sastanak Organizacije Obavijene Velom Tajne- Bilderberg Grupa Razmatra Krizu Evra

Blic Online 05. 06. 2010

Ako su teoretičari zavere bar donekle u pravu, tamo se možda kuje zavera za invaziju na Iran, ili se planira sahrana evra. Običan građanin, međutim, može samo da nagađa šta se zbiva na godišnjem skupu tajnovite Bilderberg grupe, neformalnom okupljanju svetske elite na koje medijima pristup nije dozvoljen, a na kojima su ranijih godina učestvovali lideri poput Bila Klintona, Tonija Blera, Dejvida Kamerona i američkog ministra finansija Timotija Gajtnera.


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Hose Luis Rodrigez Zapatero, španski premijer, održao uvodni govor na ovogodišnjem sastanku Bilderberga


Ove godine, na godišnjem sastanku grupe u Španiji, nadomak Barselone, koji traje do 6. juna, uvodni govor je održao španski premijer Hose Luis Rodrigez Zapatero, a jedna od glavnih tema razgovora je budućnost evra.

Na spisku zvanica, koji je procureo u španske medije, nalaze se holandska kraljica Beatriks, španska kraljica Sofija, koja je redovan učesnik, Paskal Lami, direktor Svetske trgovinske organizacije, Žan-Klod Triše, predsednik Evropske centralne banke, kao i Jap de Hop Shefer, bivši generalni sekretar NATO. Među učesnicima su i Piter Mendelson, bivši britanski ministar privrede, kao i vodeći ljudi kompanija „Simens“, „Majkrosoft“, „Rojal dač“, „Šel“, „Čejs Menhetn banke“ i „Morgan Stenli internešenela“.


Prisustvo istaknutih španskih političkih i finansijskih lidera, kao što su ministar inostranih poslova Migel Anhel Moratinos, nije samo rezultat činjenice da se ovogodišnja konferencija Bilderberga održava u najbližoj okolini Barselone, već i toga što je ovu grupu zahvatila panika zbog mogućnosti da njen začetak globalne valute - evro - ide ka totalnom kolapsu.


Španski lideri će informisati skup kolika je verovatnoća da Španija krene stopama Grčke, što bi verovatno zadalo smrtni udarac evru kao jedinstvenoj valuti, a dugoročno gledano i težak udarac planovima za uvođenje globalne valute. Uvođenje ove valute je, pri tom, kako je nedavno izjavio u Cirihu Dominik Stros-Kan, šef MMF i član Bilderberga, jedna od koristi koje bi elita želela da izvuče iz ekonomske krize.


Bilderberg grupu je 1954, u Hotelu de Bilderberg u blizini holandskog grada Arnhema, osnovao poljski izbeglica Jozef Retinger, u nastojanju da izgradi evropski bedem protiv širenja komunizma. U njoj je nikla i klica evropske ideje: pomirenje Francuske i Nemačke, ulazak Zapadne Nemačke u NATO, Sporazum iz Mastrihta - sve se to začelo kroz razgovore na neformalnim skupovima ove organizacije. Bilderberg grupu neki smatraju nedužnim skupom na kom se razmenjuju ideje. Drugi oko nje pletu razne teorije zavere. Novinar Danijel Estulin, koji je napisao dva bestselera o Bilderbergu, ove nedelje je, govoreći o ovoj temi u Evropskom parlamentu na poziv italijanskog poslanika Marija Borgezija, izneo tvrdnju da „Bilderberg klub“ ne predstavlja klasičnu zaveru, već potencijalno opasan skup ljudi koji imaju zajednički cilj: centralizovanje globalne ekonomske moći, u korist korporacija. On ga definše kao „virtuelnu paukovu mrežu ispreplitanih finansijskih, političkih i industrijskih interesa“ i kaže da „to nije tajno društvo“, već „ideologija“.

Iznenadila ih Grčka

Prošle godine skup Bilderberg grupe održan je u mestu Vuligameni, na obali u neposrednoj blizini Atine, uz učešće švedskog ministra inostranih poslova Karla Bilta, američkog ministra finansija Timotija Gajtnera i šefa Evropske komisije Žozea Manuela Baroza. Prisutni su bili i grčki ministar finansija, grčki ministar inostranih poslova i guverner Grčke narodne banke. Nekoliko meseci kasnije, Grčka je bankrotirala, a Atina je bila u plamenu.

Predsedavao i lord Karington

Prvi predsedavajući Bilderberg grupe bio je holandski princ Bernhard, koji je taj položaj zauzimao od 1954. do 1974. Od poznatijih imena, među predsedavajućima je lord Piter Karington, koji je tu funkciju obavljao u jeku balkanskih ratova, od 1990. do 1998. Aktuelni predsedavajući je Etjen Davinjon (78), belgijski političar i biznismen, koji je od 1981. do 1985. bio potpredsednik Evropske komisije. Davinjon je predsednik briselske ekspertske grupe Prijatelji Evrope, u čijem je predsedništvu i Paskal Lami, direktor Svetske trgovinske organizacije.
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A Sitges il rendez-vous chic del Bilderberg, i potenti insieme a porte chiuse

Il Sole 24 Ore, 3 giugno 2010

MADRID - Sitges, centro balneare a una trentina di chilometri da Barcellona, famosa per il rum ( ha dato i natali a Don Facundo Bacardi, emigrato a Cuba) per i prezzi stellari delle sue case (in assoluto le più care della Spagna prima della crisi immobiliare) e per il Festival del cinema di fantascienza, è da mercoledì pomeriggio letteralmente blindata. Un migliaio di agenti delle forze dell'ordine, oltre ad alcuni elicotteri perennemente in volo, garantiranno fino a sabato la sicurezza di un centinaio di potenti della terra che si riuniscono annualmente, in posti sempre diversi, nel gruppo Bilderberg.

Ovviamente, come si confà a questo tipo di club esclusivi, tutto è e deve rimanere sostanzialmente top secret: dai temi in discussione (la crisi dell'euro sarà sicuramente uno dei piatti inseriti nel ricco menù, insieme si dice, all'ipotesi di un attacco militare all'Iran), all'albergo dei meeting (il lussuoso hotel Dolce, una colata di cemento bianco su un promontorio isolato dal caos di Sitges), alla lista dei partecipanti. Mentre i giornalisti sono respinti a vista.

Di sicuro non mancheranno all'appello la regina Sofia di Spagna che da una ventina d'anni fa parte dei "bilderberghesi" più famosi (oltretutto essendo di origini greche potrà dire la sua sul contagio della crisi europea), mentre non è chiaro se abbia declinato o meno l'invito il premier José Luis Zapatero.

In compenso per l'evento fortemente voluto dal presidente di Acciona, José Entrecanales, sono attesi banchieri e imprenditori di fama mondiale. Dall'Italia, in passato, hanno partecipato Franco Bernabé (l'ad di Telecom Italia quest'anno è segretario in rappresentanza del nostro paese), John Elkann, Giulio Tremonti, Mario Monti, Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, Paolo Scaroni.

Nella speranza che in questi tre giorni, politici, imprenditori, banchieri e "guru" internazionali riescano a trovare la formula giusta per accelerare il processo di ripresa dell'economia mondiale e dell'Europa in particolare. Naturalmente, come avviene in ogni consenso che si rispetti, non potevano mancare le contestazioni: un cartello di un gruppo di manifestanti ammoniva, «lasceresti a loro decidere del tuo futuro?». Ai posteri l'ardua sentenza.
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The Bilderberg Group: Fact And Fantasy

Daily Telegraph, 04 Jun 2010 By Iain Hollingshead

The Bilderberg Group is meeting in Spain this weekend. Iain Hollingshead tries to sort out fact from conspiracy theory.



A general view of the meeting place for the conference of the Bilderberg Group in Sitges, Spain


I have just discovered that a shadowy cabal of global luminaries, including Henry Kissinger, David Rockefeller, Prince Charles, Peter Mandelson, Lord Carrington, David Cameron, Queen Beatrix of Holland and the chairman of Barclays Bank, have been plotting to overthrow national governments and form a fascist one-world empire.

Going by the name of the Bilderberg Group, these puppet-masters made and broke the career of Margaret Thatcher, triggered the downfall of Slobodan Milosevic and, this year, are planning to bomb Iran.

Quite a big story, don’t you think? And yet no one here will take me seriously. Perhaps, as representatives of the capitalist media, they’re too busy planning world domination at Bilderberg’s annual conference, which is taking place this weekend at Hotel Dolce in Sitges, one of Spain’s most exclusive (and, incidentally, gayest) resorts. Watch our cryptic crossword for clues; the swallows are flying south for winter.

Dan Brown aside, conspiracy theories don’t come much bigger than this. Here are some “facts” the establishment would have you believe. The Bilderberg Group (named after the Dutch hotel where they first met) was founded in 1954 by Denis Healey, Joseph Retinger, David Rockefeller and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, with the aim of bringing together financiers, industrialists, politicians and opinion formers. Every year around 120 of them meet, by invitation of the steering committee, away from the intrusive eyes of the press. They network, eat, drink, play golf and go home again.

“Bilderberg does not try to reach conclusions,” Viscount Davignon, the chairman, told the BBC in 2005. “It’s not that business contests the right of democratically elected leaders to lead.”

But he would say that, wouldn’t he? And where’s the fun in believing something perfectly logical when you can instead invent lurid theories that this covert liberal / Zionist / fascist (delete as appropriate) empire can trace its string-pulling roots back 800 years to the Venetian Black Nobility?

Part of the lure to conspiracy theorists is that the group wasn’t properly reported in the mainstream media until very recently. This was like a red rag to the bullish Jim Tucker, a former sports journalist on a Washington newspaper, who left his job in 1975 to investigate the Bilderberg Group.

He was able, he claimed, to write an “advance story” of Mrs Thatcher’s downfall. “She had attended one meeting of the Bilderbergs,” he recalled, “but she had nothing to say and she didn’t like it. The Bilderberg boys said they had to get rid of her and they replaced her with a trapeze artist [John Major’s father worked in a circus] from the same party.”

Jon Ronson, an investigative journalist whose books include The Men Who Stare At Goats and Them: Adventures with Extremists, spent a hilarious week with Tucker in 1999 in Portugal attempting to infiltrate a Bilderberg meeting. Tucker, who called a friend in the States every day to announce that he hadn’t been assassinated yet, led Ronson to an English expat journalist, also hot on the trail, who declared: “Maybe my head’s gone, but the Book of Revelation speaks of a one-world order, one financial order, a one-world religion. There’ll be a sense of disorder, of children not respecting their parents, and then a very powerful group will form. So it does all fit together.”

The reality, Ronson discovered, was a little less apocalyptic. After he’d returned home, Healey invited him round for a chat. “Bilderberg is the most useful international group I ever attended,” he told him. “The confidentiality enabled people to speak honestly without fear of repercussions.”

Other members of the group spoke to Ronson on condition of anonymity, furiously denying that they secretly ruled the world. In 2005 Viscount Davignon, a former European Commssioner, gave his interview to the BBC, pointing out that it was entirely natural for people of influence to speak to like-minded people. When George Osborne, now the Chancellor, went last year he registered it in the parliamentary register of members’ interests.

None of this has stopped the loons, though. “Bilderberg has all the ingredients for the kind of shadowy conspiracy people like,” Ronson tells me.

This weekend around a hundred protesters and investigators have gathered in Sitges, creating something of a carnival atmosphere. Tucker is believed to be there. He has written a book, Jim Tucker’s Bilderberg Diary: One Reporter’s 25-year Battle to Shine the Light on the World Shadow Government, the proceeds of which go towards his travel costs.

I can’t get hold of Tucker, but I do get through to Daniel Estulin, author of The True Story of the Bilderberg Group, which has sold 3.5 million copies worldwide (but wasn’t touched by a British publisher).

“How can you call me a conspiracy theorist?” he says. “I was invited to speak to the European Parliament earlier this week.”

I find a YouTube clip of his speech to that other shadowy organisation. Bilderberg’s goal, he claims, is “the creation of a global network of giant cartels, more powerful than any nation on Earth, destined to control the necessities of life of the rest of humanity, obviously from their vantage point, for our own good and in our benefit – the great unwashed as they call us.”

Other activists in Sitges this weekend include Trilever, a group calling for greater transparency, who are staking out positions in the surrounding hills, “avoiding the snipers”, while they try to spot this year’s attendees – thought to include Angela Merkel, Josef Ackermann, CEO of Deutsche Bank, Richard Holbrooke, Barack Obama’s special envoy to Afghanistan, and Gustavo A Cisneros Rendiles, a Venezuelan media mogul.

An activist with another organisation, EcoXarxa Montseny, told a reporter: “It’s so frightening that people can’t even believe that it’s real. Some people theorise that they want to kill off half the world; others believe they’re directing the world’s finances. But we’re here to say it is real, it is happening.”

It is difficult to think of anything less real – or indeed less happening. The reality of these conferences appears to boil down to a group of willy-waggling old men comparing their security details and dreaming of past glories. Admittedly, they are efficient talent-spotters, inviting Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher and Bill Clinton before they were household names (and thereby fuelling further conspiracies). Bilderberg is also credited with helping to influence world opinion during the Falklands War when David Owen gave a barnstorming speech in favour of sanctions.

But surely it is beginning to lose some of its allure now that it is so widely known – a smaller, summer version of Davos. Can an organisation that invited Ed Balls in 2007 seriously be pulling the strings of world power? Last year the Finnish Prime Minister was so pleased to be invited that he put a press release on his website. It’s hardly Smersh, James Bond’s evil nemesis. Last summer’s conference was in Athens, and look what happened to Greece shortly afterwards.

As Viscount Davignon put it: “When people say this is a secret government of the world I say that if we were a secret government of the world, we should be bloody ashamed of ourselves.”
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Spanish media turns out in force to cover meeting of Bilderberg criminals

Kavkaz Center, 3 June 2010

Journalists from El Periodico de Catalunya, TVE National Broadcasting, EFE Chanel International, T5 Spanish TV, Antena 3 TV Spanish TV, CNN+ (spanish language), TV3 Gallart Television of Catalunia, La Sexta TV, Kuerto TV Gruppo Prisa as well as from Russia Today, USD France are just some already present in addition to journalists the American Free Press and Independent Filmers.

This is the first time ever that the annual Bilderberg meeting has attracted significant coverage from the mainstream media.





The UK Times has reported on the secretive gathering in Sitges.

The media presence has clearly spooked the Bilderbergs, who are believed to be planning a war with Iran as well as a controlled collapse of the eurozone in order to implement a global IMF currency.

More than 300 police officer are carrying out continuous patrols around the venue, blocking roads and monitoring the large numbers of journalists, as well as activists and onlookers, who are lining the roads to observe the gathering of corporate CEOs and top politicians.

According to the Swiss blogger Freddie Freeman of Alles Schall und Rauch, it is prohibited to take pictures of participants driving to the conference in black limousines.

Two police officers in civilian clothes forced Freeman to erase all the pictures he had taken, and threatened to arrest him for 32 hours if he refused.

Extreme measures have been taken to prevent the public from discovering the identities of the participants this year.

All the roads leading to the hotel have been blocked by police cars and officers. A helicopter has been circling the venue, day and night.

All the staff at the hotel have had to undergo a strict vetting process and some staff sent home for the duration of the Bilderberg conference. Other members of the regular staff have been ordered to stay in the hotel for the entire three days of the Bilderberg conference. Some Bilderberg participants are believed to be bringing their own private staff.

Pictures of the meeting of Bilderberg criminals can be seen here:

Alles Schall und Rauch

Meanwhile, The Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann has turned down an invitation to attend this year's Bilderberg meeting in Sitges in Spain, according to local media.

Faymann attended the private and secretive Bilderberg meeting held last year in Vouliagmeni, close to Athens, along with Novartis CEO Daniel Vassella, Deutsche Bank CEO Josef Ackermann, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and about 100 others top leaders from the corporate sector as well as leading Greek official government officials.

Faymann said that he needed to prepare for a SPÖ "party day" on June 12th.

Austrian banks, such as Raiffeisen, are at the centre of the subprime scam in Austria and are widely expected to be among the first to default in Europe in the event of the Bilderbergs carrying out their plan to drive the eurozone deeper into a recession.

Significantly, Raiffeisen and other economic organizations just voted to transfer their 30% share of the National Bank to the government from June, allowing them to escape the consequences of an euro crisis in Austria.

The presence of Spain's heavyweight political and financial leaders at this year's Bilderberg conference is not just because the secretive annual confab is taking place just outside Barcelona - it's because the Bilderberg elitists are panic stricken at the possibility that their embryonic global currency - the euro - could be heading for total collapse.

Highlighting once again how increased exposure of Bilderberg and their motives on behalf of activists over recent years has contributed towards the agenda becoming an open conspiracy, the London Times, perhaps the biggest establishment newspaper in the world alongside the New York Times and the Washington Post, was the first mainstream publication to break the silence on hundreds of global power brokers meeting in secret at the Hotel Dolce resort in Sitges over the next few days, with a report entitled Secretive Bilderberg Club ready for protests.

For the Times to name the most influential figures attending the event and reveal what they will discuss is a far cry from how the corporate media treated Bilderberg in the past, when they were loathe to even acknowledge its existence.

According to the report, David Rockefeller and his colleagues will be graced with the presence of Spanish Prime Minister Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who will give the opening address, as well as Miguel Angel Moratinos, the Spanish Foreign Minister, and Pedro Solbes, Spain's former Economy Minister. One of the primary topics of conversation will be "the future of the euro".

These three men will undoubtedly inform their globalist masters as to whether or not Spain is likely to go the same way as Greece, which if it happens would probably be the death knell for the euro single currency, and in turn a hammer blow to long term plans to implement a global currency, which IMF chief and BIlderberg member Dominique Strauss-Kahn recently told a gathering of elitists in Zurich was one of the prizes the elite wanted to plunder from exploiting the economic crisis.

Spain's economy is in tatters not only because of the global economic meltdown, but because of the country's disastrous efforts to implement the "green economy" that is mandated as part of what EU Commission chief and prominent Bilderberger Jose Manuel Barroso called the "post-industrial revolution".

The impact of this deliberate agenda to lower living standards in the west is being felt most painfully in Spain, where the unemployment rate is around 18 per cent as a result of 2.2 jobs being lost for every "green" job created.
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Sitges, Spain: Bilderberg 2010 - How To React To Failure

What do the common people of the world mean when they talk about politics, democracy, economics and money?

Practically no research institute exist for financial frauds, and collaboration between economists and criminologists is a very very rare event.

"If you don't know what is the real purpose of money, you will get into a deep trouble by using it, and still more will government drown into the ocean of debt".

Now about the global elitists meeting - Bilderberg conference:

What are they really doing in Spain and what do they really want?

"Until you know who has lent what to whom, you know nothing whatever of politics, you know nothing whatever of history, you know nothing of international wrangles", Ezra Pound.

Well that should be obvious as the global monetary and financial system has just failed: One world government, one world central bank, one world currency - a public activity under private control.

So the real question is: Are we going to permit our leaders to take away our freedoms?
If the answer is 'No', and if you're asking yourself how to react to failure, then consider this:

Alternative Currency: Extraordinary Solution For Extraordinary Times


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Bilderberg 2010: Between the sword and the wall

Guardian.co.uk, 05 June 2010 by Charlie Skelton

The Catalan police are refreshingly friendly. But if the time for action comes, whose side will they be on?



Policing Bilderberg: beneath the uniforms beat human hearts Photograph: Charlie Skelton for the Guardian.

The enormous bald detective in beach shorts took the camera from my wife. "Let me see." He scrolled through the photographs, just taken, of me being detained at the campsite gates. He scrolled past, to see a photo of a limousine convoy, whooshing up the hill to Bilderberg. "I don't like this," he said, and waved a huge, disgruntled hand towards the conference hotel.

"Do you know how much this is costing?" asked Hannah. "Do you think the Spanish economy can afford all this?" Grimly, the enormous bald detective started deleting images of his comrades with his giant thumb. "Your opinion," he growled, "is right."

He handed the camera back to Hannah. "But you've deleted my best shots!" The detective whistled to his comrades, who were busy sniffing a jar of salted olives they had found in my car boot. He had them turn around, facing away from the camera. "Go head," he rumbled. "Take photographs."

What a difference a year makes. Last year in Vouliagmeni when I tried covering the 2009 Bilderberg meeting, I had Greek policemen yelling "No fotografia!" at me at every turn. I was arrested, tailed, harassed, rearrested, yelled at, bundled into squad cars, lied to, intimidated, wrestled with and hounded round Athens like I was John Dillinger.

This year, the police have been deployed in the same extraordinary numbers, but they are smiling, rolling their eyes at the rigmarole; the riot police are giving the thumbs-up to protesters and honking their horns as they come round the "awareness roundabout" at the foot of the hotel.

"The police have been laughing and chatting," says Daniel Turon, a Spanish psycho-sociologist, here in Sitges to psycho-sociologise Bilderberg. "One of them said he had read a book about Bilderberg; another said, 'Yes, we understand.'" The Catalan police, he says, "have a different sensibility" from what you may expect. "They are Catalan. Their minds are independent."

Their minds, perhaps, have been focused by recent pay disputes. Two days ago, the police were on strike in Barcelona: they are facing a pay cut next month, as part of Spain's "austerity measures" (what the IMF calls "fiscal consolidation") – and disgruntlement abounds.

Yesterday, the Spanish newspaper El Público quoted the Catalan police union's estimate, that "the mere deployment of the Mossos d'Esquadra entails costs of €150,000 for each of the four days of the Bilderberg meeting". This union has lodged a formal complaint about the misuse of resources in guarding Bilderberg.

El Público shares the union's concern: "The members of the Bilderberg club have not been elected by the citizens [of this country] in a democratic process, but the costs of the meeting is being met by them."

Ageing Bilderberg sleuth, Jim Tucker, says the Bilderberg group always reimburses the host nation for costs incurred. But if that's the case, the police are simply an army for hire.

Turon is keen to humanise the officers facing him: "Look at the eyes of the police," he says. "Look at the person who is there. They want to be with us."

"Your position is hyper-naive," laughs his friend, one of the organisers of the Spanish protests, Dídac S.-Costa. "They are puppets. They are nothing. They are a distraction. They are the cashiers at the supermarket; we need to confront the supermarket itself. This is a systemic problem." Dídac is a sociologist.

"We need to use the tools of the system against it. We need a brave judge, a brave lawyer. We need another Garzón" (Baltasar Garzón is the Spanish judge who issued the extradition request for General Pinochet). "We need to use the legal weapons at our disposal; to find a way, as the Spanish say, between the sword and the wall."

Ivan Torres, from Maresme (whom we met yesterday, near his roundabout bed), found himself caught last night between the sword and the wall, up in the hills above the Hotel Dolce Sitges. He was out with Rafa Palacios, the founder of the Stop Secrets Movement, trying to stop some secrets. A spotter on the hotel roof saw them crawling along; minutes later a police helicopter arrived, and officers swarmed the hills to arrest them. The policemen looked at the cameras, looked at the footage, then handed it back undeleted.

Ivan and Rafa were brought before the comisario of the Sitges police. The comisario told them frankly what he thought of them. "We admire you," he said. "We are really sad because we don't want to have a confrontation here." And, like his giant bald underling from earlier, he gestured to the hotel. "I don't like these people. All I want is a smooth operation in Sitges. The people up there," said the comisario, "I really don't like."

Rafa says that on Thursday, as police and activists squared off for the first time and as Rafa took the megaphone, it was this same comisario who stood in front of the cordon. "You have a heart under your badge", cried Rafa, "you have a brain under your hat. You are the ones we will be drinking with after the football, not the ones up the hill!"

Rafa reached out his hands towards the cordon. People who witnessed his speech say this moment defined the subsequent dynamic between the protesters and the police. "You should be protecting us, not them!" Rafa implored. "We are the people. You are the people. You are one of us!"

Rafa says he spoke directly to the comisario when he said: "A time is coming when you may be asked to use violence against us. A time is coming when you will have to choose sides. You will have to decide." And Rafa says he saw tears in the eyes of the comisario.

"I think, my friend, that I touched his heart."
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