Thursday, February 22, 2018

Spain removes 'political prisoners' exhibit in an art fair

An art fair in Spain has removed an artwork which features photographs of jailed Catalan politicians.
The operator of the ARCOmadrid art fair said it took the decision as the work risked becoming a distraction.
The artist, Santiago Sierra, used pixelated photos of 24 people, among them separatist politicians, referring to them as "political prisoners".
He warned the withdrawal "damages the international reputation of the art fair and the Spanish state".
When asked about the move, the Spanish government said "in Spain, there are no political prisoners".

The correspondent of the New York Times, Raphael Minder,usually pro Spanish in the conflict between Catalonia and Spain, recognizes now that: "Whether by law or intimidation, Spain has become a country where the risks of free expression have quietly mounted in recent years."

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Action by Committee for the Defence of the Republic in London calling for Puigdemont to be invested president

The London Committee for the Defence of the Catalan Republic (CDR) has called for the reinvestiture of the acting Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, in an action at the Catalan delegation in the British capital, closed since the Spanish government's application of article 155 of the Constitution.
The CDR has hung a banner from the building, on Fleet Street, with an image of Puigdemont, the slogan "president of the Catalan Republic" and an estelada "starred" pro-independence flag.
According to the CDR, they want to "urge the elected deputies that constitute the majority of the Catalan Parliament to unblock the situation by investing the elected president, Carles Puigdemont". They also call for the Catalan delegations abroad to be reopened and the fired employees to be reinstated. They also want increase awareness in Britain of "the lack of democratic guarantees that we face in Catalonia".

You can follow them at @CDRLondon

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Rapper will go to jail for singing “The Bourbons are thieves "

Rapper Valtonyc will go to jail for singing “The Bourbons are thieves ". The Supreme Court of the Spanish Inquisition has confirmed today the three and a half years of prison imposed by the National Court for insulting the king and singing that “the Bourbons are thieves”.

Valtonyc, Josep Miquel Arenas Beltran, was sentenced to 3 years and a half in jail as well as a fine of € 3,000 by the Spanish Inquisition. The rapper said he was only a poet and that his lyrics are metaphors. But the Spanish court said "freedom of expression is limited in Spain". Valtonyc answered that"only the poor go to jail" in reference with more than 700 politicians of the ruling Popular Party condemned or investigated by corruption as well as Iñaki Urdangarin y Liebaert, the brother-in-law of King Philip VI. Urdangarin was convicted of embezzling about 6 million euros in public funds for sporting events since 2004 through his nonprofit foundation, the so-called Nóos case, and of political corruption by using his former courtesy title of Duke of Palma de Mallorca as the husband of the Infanta Cristina, daughter of King Juan Carlos. But Urdangarin has never been in jail.

Valtonyc had appealed to the Spanish supreme court but little wass expected as Spanish "justice" is clearly a drama of injustice.

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Catalan bishops call for the political prisoners

The bishops of the 10 Catalan dioceses have called, in a letter published this morning, for "a serene reflection on the preventive detention" of Oriol Junqueras, Joaquim Forn, Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sànchez.The prelates believe that this step is necessary to "foster the climate of dialogue" which, in their opinion, "we need so much", and emphasised that the "personal circumstances of those affected" have to be taken into account. Moreover, they defended the "moral legitimacy" of the Catalan parties which "are based on respect for the inalienable dignity of the people and peoples and are peacefully and democratically defended".

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Monday, February 19, 2018

9th Endavant Assembly: No step backwards

The 9th assembly of Endavant (OSAN, meaning Forward (National Liberation Socialist Organization) was held on the 17th and 18th of February. The motto chosen was 'Now more than ever, forward'."We will not win tomorrow, but that does not justify step backwards or continue doing what is being done," Isabel Vallet rebuffed in the closing ceremony of the assembly that the organization, member of the CUP (Popular Unity Candidacy), has held this weekend in Reus (Baix Camp).

"We must once break with the autonomic regenerationism in a clear way, with the federalist projects that still continue to offer glories in Spain." In this line, she pointed out that the line goes on only to build a "popular" project. Isabel Vallet also encouraged "organize and disobey" as the only way to move forward: "the right of self-determination is not negotiable," she said.

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Barcelona City Council Calls for Catalan Political Prisoners to Be Moved to Catalonia

Barcelona City Council's Presidency commission on Wednesday approved a motion calling for the elected officials Oriol Junqueras, Joaquim Forn and Jordi Sànchez, as well as the president of Òmnium Cultural, Jordi Cuixart, in preventive detention without bail near Madrid, to be moved closer to Catalonia.

The institutional declaration, promoted by Barcelona en Comú and undersigned by PDeCAT, ERC, CUP and the independent councillor, also expresses support for the families of the prisoners, who mayor Ada Colau will receive soon, the council has announced.
The text says that "the application of a precautionary measure like preventive detention makes the normalisation of the political situation in Catalonia more difficult" and emphasises that choosing a distant prison implies "a social punishment which violates the rights recognised in International Law and attacks human rights".
As such, they argue that, assuming they are not to be released, "for reasons of humanity, their transfer should happen immediately".

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Summoned Catalan ex MP relocates in Geneva to prepare her defense against the Spanish Inquisition

Former CUP (Popular Unity Candidacy) MP Anna Gabriel, to testify on February 21, has relocated to Switzerland to prepare her defense and give an “international dimension” to her case. The Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) confirmed in a statement that Anna Gabriel and "other members" of a campaign to internationalise the Catalan independence cause "have moved to Geneva over the last few weeks".The CUP said the consultations in Switzerland were part of an "anti-repression campaign" and a defensive strategy against the "general probe being led by the Supreme Court". Benet Salellas and Olivier Peter could be the lawyers of Ms. Gabriel. The CUP statement said information related to Ms. Gabriel's appearance before that court on Wednesday would be made public on Tuesday, February 20. Last week, ABC had reported she was in Venezuela in another of the Spanish press Fake News, and she has not been seen in public for several days.

The king's brother in law, Iñaki Urdangarin, condemned by corruption but never jailed is in Switzerland to try to scam somewhat more telematically. And this is applauded by the Spanish king's subjects. But that Anna Gabriel visits his lawyer in Switzerland, this is conceived as a leak for the Spanish supremacists. Incoherence again.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

The new Twitter GM in Spain is married with the cousin of the king

Who said nepotism ? Nathalie Picquot was appointed as new Spain Twitter General Manager in October 2nd, just the day after the Catalan Democratic Referendum. Her aim: to censorship twitter where pro democracy profiles were a clear majority. Many people are denouncing that after appointment of new Spain Twitter General Manager many catalan pro independence accounts begin to lose thousands of followers under shadowing tactics. The Twitter General Manager happens to be political family of Spanish King against catalan demands. She is the wife of Álvaro Fernández Araoz Gómez Acebo since 2005. Maybe you think he has many surnames and you are right. Spanish aristrocrats are glad to collect surnames. They still live in the 13th century in many aspects. Fernandez is a cousing of the Spanish king Phillip. We must remember that Phillip kingship comes from Franco who appointed his father as king after defeating the Spanish Republic in a long war.

Some weeks after Picquot was appointed Twitter putting "offensive media" warnings on Help Catalonia broadcasts and, de facto, the profile could not be seen if you had blocked the "offensive content". All linked. Or, as Fascist Franco said before to die and let the State in the king hands: " tied and well tied".

Today, as a protest, many profiles use the HT #TwitQuisicion to dennounce the Spanish Inquisition by Picquot in Twitter.

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Thousands gather for the freedom of the Catalan Political Hostages

Despite state repression, arbitrary actions from the Spanish judiciary and neglect from the European Union, Jordi Sànchez, Oriol Junqueras, Joaquim Forn and freedom and democracy for our country. The civic society leaders (Catalan National Assembly and Òmnium Cultural) have been in prison since October last year. Thousands of people gathered yesterday in Catalan cities and villages calling for their freedom.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Spanish ruling party PP spent € 1,800,000 in the Franco's Fascist Valley of the Fallen

Spanish government spent € 1,800,000 to repair the main fascist mausoleum in EU. The Spanish Government has invested 1.8 million euros in various Works on the basilica and the cross of the Fascist Valley of the Fallen from 2012 to 2017, among which the restoration of the basilica's main entrance for 230,138 euros and the maintenance of the funicular that climbs to the cross, which cost 189,353 euros at that time. This is reflected in the National Heritage data provided by the Government to the Senator of Compromís Carles Mulet, who had requested in writing detailed information on the cost to the public coffers of the reforms carried out during the last six years in the Valley of the Fallen dedicated to Fascists Fallen against democracy and Republic. The ruling party in Spain is the so called Popular Party, founded by a Franco's Minister, Manuel Fraga among other Fascists. Franco himself is buried in the Valley.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

ECHR condemns Spain, again, for "inhuman and degrading treatment" of prisoners

Europe's top rights court on Tuesday ordered Spain to compensate two Basque militants for the "inhuman and degrading treatment" they suffered in police custody. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) did not however uphold the men's claim that they had been tortured.

Igor Portu and Martin Sarasola claimed they were kicked and punched by officers following their arrest by in early 2008. Portu was hospitalised for five days with injuries. Sarasola, who was held for days at an unknown location and also suffered injuries, said he was threatened and beaten.

A Spanish court in 2010 convicted four members of the paramilitary Guardia Civil of torture but the Supreme Court overturned the verdict a year later, saying that there was no proof that the men sustained their injuries in custody.

The two men then took their case to the ECHR in Strasbourg, which partly upheld their claims.

In its ruling Tuesday, the court noted that "neither the domestic authorities nor the government had provided any convincing or credible arguments which could serve to explain or justify the injuries sustained by the applicants".

The ECHR said that their treatment WAS "inhuman and degrading" and ordered Spain to pay Portu and Sarasola 30,000 euros and 20,000 euros respectively in damages for the infringement of their basic rights. Some judges added that it was a clear case of torture.

The Spanish government had yet to react. Only in 2016 the ECHR condemnes Spain twelve times for violating human rights.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Democracy Camp in its 12th day

They camped on January 31st when the Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Roger Torrent (ERC, Esquerra) announced on that he was delaying the confidence debate to reappoint Carles Puigdemont President of Catalonia. On January 29th PP Spokesperson Pablo Casado, in a clear mafia style, was  threatening the Speaker of the Parliament "He has two children, he knows what might happen if he allows President Puigdemont to be sworn". Spanish court also was threatening Mr Torrent if he allowed Puigdemont to be democratically elected.

The protesters say enough is enough. It is not time of more Spanish threats, no more Spanish violence but it's time for politics. And the will of the people was clear in last elections: To swear Puigdemont as President. Only the wall of Madrid direct rule and its inquisition are stopping this decision. The camp is organized well. Every day activities attract people. This twelve days have been freezing and some of them rain was strong but the will of the protesters is strong too. Police identified the protesters and said they should leave the Catalonia's Square but they decided to stay.

You can follow them in twitter: @DespertemRep meaning "Let's wake up the Republic". 

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A thousand people gather in Sant Vicenç dels Horts marking 100 days of jail for VP Oriol Junqueras

More than 1000 people gathered in Sant Vicenç dels Horts where Junqueras was mayor yesterday night. The town centre quickly became a sea of yellow, the colour which has become a symbol of solidarity with jailed Catalan leaders. In the main square, in front of the town hall, more than a thousand people gathered for the event organized by the Free Junqueras Platform, and attended by various key political figures such as the president of the parliament, Roger Torrent, the former head of Podem-Catalunya, Albano-Dante Fachin, the former CUP MP Albert Botran, and Esquerra's (ERC) Marta Rovira, to name a few.

There "are not enough prisons to close an entire town" they said; Catalonia's Parliament Speaker Roger Torrent also made a speech asking people to not be "deceived" until Junqueras and the other "political prisoners" are released.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Human Mosaic in Montserrat to Demand Freedom for Catalan Hostages

The Defense Committees of the Republic (Comitès de Defensa de la República, CDR) and various local entities around the mountain have demanded the freedom for Jordi Sànchez, Jordi Cuixart, Oriol Junqueras and Joaquim Forn in an action  in Montserrat. From the Catalan language meaning, “serrated mountain”, Montserrat is a stark contrast from the nearby metropolis of Barcelona. The city is energetic, vibrant, and outgoing. Montserrat is relaxing, serene, and introspective.  

The mountains are also known to be a special, mystical place for the local Catalan people. It’s home to the statue of the Virgin Mary of Montserrat, who’s known to perform numerous miracles, attracting millions of pilgrims all over the world. Montserrat has an ancient history with religion, dating back when Romans constructed a temple to worship Venus. Later, it became tied to Christianity as hermit monks built several hermitages around the mountain. in 1025, the Santa Maria de Montserrat monastery was built and began attracting pilgrims, who witnessed and proclaimed the miracles performed by the Virgin of Montserrat.

Some 150 people have made a mosaic that at the touch of Timbal (Catalan drum) has marked the days that lead to prison, 117 some and 100 others. One of the participants was the sister of Catalonia's President Carles Puigdemont. Then, the mosaic, of 100 square meters, has composed the motto of "Freedom Political Prisoners" in Catalan language. 

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Catalan parliament needs Puigdemont, says speaker who renews his call for a negotiated, non repressive, political solution

The speaker of the Catalan parliament has insisted that the deposed regional president, Carles Puigdemont, remains the only candidate to form a new government, as he renewed his call for a negotiated political solution to the independence crisis.

“We need an investiture as soon as possible so we can have a government that’s effective and that can go about eliminating article 155 from the political landscape of Catalonia,” said Torrent.
“Carles Puigdemont is the only candidate. He’s been proposed by a parliamentary majority, and in a parliamentary democracy, the candidate who’s put up for an investiture debate is the one who commands the support of the majority of the MPs in the chamber.”

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Seven Spanish terrorist attacks with weapons against Catalan independentist targets

This is not the first time that Ivan Garcia's address, located between the Maresme and Menorca streets, receives a similar attack. On January 30th his house was victim of a Spanish terrorist attack. "It's the second time. In 2013 they also shot me with a shotgun," he reminded, adding that he has no conflict with anyone and links the events with the presence of the star and the flag (Catalan pro independence flag). "La Verneda is not a pro-independence neighborhood, it's more unitarist, and "my apartment is low-a second, it looks great, so it's very accessible," he said.

Similar attacks have also been registered in the Diagonal Mar area. Recently, another case was also published in the neighborhood of Les Corts. In addition to these cases, a case was also recorded in Manlleu on September 29th, the most serious, now with four people injured by the impact of pennies while protecting an electoral college. The victims received impacts on the neck and chest. The shots would have been made with a compressed air carabine. On October 16, in Palamós, a 75-year-old man who ran from the balcony of the house a bout of protest for the imprisonment of Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart was hurt by a pelleting at the height of the kidney.

Finally, on November 13 a neighbor of the neighborhood of Sant Martí de Barcelona received the impact of a pelleting against the glass of a room where a star was hanging. With those cases seven terrorist attacks with this type of weapon against independentist targets have been registered in Catalonia in the last four months, all reported to the police. None detained, none investigated. It is the Spanish terrorism impunity.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

The kingdoms of James I and Peter the Great

(13h Century AC - 14th Century AC)
James I, also known as the Conqueror, was according to historiographic tradition, a man of remarkable character and physical appearance. Like his contemporaries, the emperor Frederick II and the kings Louis IX of France, Ferdinand III and Alphonse X of Castilla, stands out as a key figure of the medieval epoch. His son Peter culminated his policy of Mediterranean territorial expansion.

James I
James I (1208-1276) was the monarch of the great conquests. He managed to expand the Aragonese Catalan crown with new territories: Majorca and the Balearic Islands, Valencia and Murcia –the latter would eventually be transferred to the Castilian king–. 

The Aragonese and Catalan king reigned throughout the 13th century, a period of incessant struggle between the nobility and the royal power. In this struggle for power, there was a third distorting and always biased power: the papacy. However, James I succeeded in strengthening the royal power and consolidating such governmental institutions as the Generalitat, the Catalan government, and the Consell de Cent, the governmental institution of the city of Barcelona.

The young king James first married when he was only thirteen to the princess Elionor of Castilla. With this Castilian princess he had a son, Alphonse, who died before the king. At 21 years of age, the monarch embarked on his first important campaign that ended up with a victory: the conquest of Mallorca. By his 22nd birthday, he was an experienced warrior and politician, and at 24, he conquered Valencia.

As regards the battlefield of diplomacy, he signed in 1258 the Treaty of Corbeil. By virtue of this agreement, the monarch transferred the rights of Occitan territory. In exchange, Louis IX of France, a descendant of Charlemagne gave up the Catalan counties. This treaty marked the decline of his policy of territorial expansion. On 4 September 1269, James I embarked on an enterprise intended as the climax of his winning career in Christianity: a crusade to Holy Land. But a sea tempest forced him to go back and give up on this attempt.

James I’s will did not favour the expansion of the Aragonese and Catalan crown. The king, as a feudal lord, felt obliged to give all his sons a piece of territory: first, Alphonse, who died in 1260; then to Peter, future king of the Crown of Aragon and, finally, James II, who was to become the king of Mallorca.

Some historians describe this division as a political error, but James I’s will reflects a well-established custom and heritage philosophy of that time. On the other hand, the territorial conquests of James I favoured trading and contact with the African territory. The monarch reorganized the royal chancery and favoured the creation of documentary registers and archives of the court. With the help of some knights of the Temple, men of law and model citizens, he administered and organized the royal heritage. This effort resulted in the book ‘Llibre del consolat de mar’, the first manuscript on maritime customs.

The legal and institutional evolution reigning over his kingdom is expressed in mightier local and governmental administrative institutions like the Corts Catalanes. Finally, the cultural impulse of the arts materialized in the Catalan chronicle of the ‘Llibre dels feits’, a key legacy of Catalan literature and historiography. In 1276, the monarch, seriously ill, abdicated in favour of his sons Peter, who was to inherit Catalonia, Aragon and Valencia; and James, his father’s successor in Mallorca. He died shortly after signing up his testament in Valencia, on his way to the monastery of Poblet.

Peter the Great
His son Peter the Great became another key monarch of the Crown of Aragon and the main executor of his incipient Mediterranean expansion. Born in Valencia in 1240, Peter the Great had an active role before he actually ruled, but it was not until the age of thirty-six that he became a monarch. Throughout his kingdom, Peter the Great, like his father, had to face the nobility. Another concern of James I’s heir was the frequent Saracen riots in the territory conquered by his father. To maintain and increase the legacy of the Conqueror, Peter the Great was forced to implement aggressive repression measures.

The monarch married his daughter Elisabet to king Dionisus I of Portugal and engaged his first son, Alphonse, to princess Elionor, the daughter of Edward I of England, with a view to building up a supporting network across the Atlantic. In the Mediterranean, he maintained a policy of friendship with Pisa and Genoa.

However, Sicily confronted him to the French Anjou and Valois, backed up by the papacy, in favour of the French monarchy. The Aragonese and Catalan monarch took advantage of the popular uprising of the Sicilians in 1282, the well-known Sicilian Vespers, to throw himself into conquering these territories. In order to justify the Catalan expedition and the disembarkment on the port of Trapani, with the approval of the Sicilians, he claimed the rights of his wife Constance Hohenstaufen over the island. However, the monarch did not limit himself to this territory, but he continued with the conquest. He occupied Malta, Gozzo and Gerba and expanded the influence of Catalonia throughout the western Mediterranian sea.

However, the expansionist policy and the war in Sicily brought about the papal crusade against the Crown of Aragon, and resulted in a serious financial decrease of the Crown finances. In this context, pushed by the Unió d’Aragó, in the Cortes de Tarazona of 1283, the king granted privileges to Aragon, Teruel, Ribagorza and Valencia, and summoned the Aragon parliament once a year. These privileges became the basis of Catalan ‘constitutionalism’ or ‘pactism’, and are the basis of public law in Catalonia, a precedent in Europe which allowed to establish a regular functioning of the courts.

One year after the Sicilian Vespers, Pope Martin IV excommunicated Peter the Great and announced a crusade against Catalonia. The leaders of the crusade were the French with the help by treachery of Peter the Great’s brother, king James II of Mallorca. However, the attempt of French conquest failed. The admiral Roger de Llúria and his vessels, that had sailed off from Sicily a few days earlier, defeated the French fleet and put an end to the siege on the city of Girona.

King Peter tried to take revenge on his brother but died while preparing an expedition to Mallorca in November 1285. In his will, the monarch expressed his wish to be buried in Santes Creus.

In the monastery of Poblet, founded in 1150 and protected by Alphonse the Chaste, James I was buried, who maintained his protection of the monastery founded during his grandfather’s times. In 1232, James I revoked his will to be buried in Sigena, in Aragon, where his father Peter the Catholic was buried, and chose Poblet, where he wanted to enrol as a monk. However, the monarch failed to accomplish his last will because he died on his way to the monastery. In ‘Llibre dels feits’, James I ends up saying: ‘And a few days later, with the intention of going to Poblet to serve the Mother of God, having left Alzira and, while being in Valencia, our illness worsened: and as was Our Lord’s will, we could not finish the journey we had started.’

According to his will, the monastery received five thousand coins, his golden ribbon, a large amount of silver, precious stones and rings, as well as his personal prayer chapel and the donation of towns and castles, obtained in his conquests. However, the sepulchre of James I was plundered in 1836, after the monastery was abandoned during the ‘desamortización’ (disentitlement) and the bones of several coffins got mixed up. Rescued later, they were transferred in sacks to Espluga de Francolí and in 1843 they were kept in the Cathedral of Tarragona, and stayed there until 1942. Amidst the Franco dictatorship, the sculptor Frederic Marès restored the royal pantheon and in 1952, General Franco returned the bones of the Catalan monarch to the monastery in a pompous propaganda ceremony.

Recently, the sepulchre of Peter the Great has been exhumed and transferred to the monastery of Santes Creus. Using the most advanced techniques, a team of twenty experts has managed to dig out the coffin of the monarch with a view to study it. The chronicle of Bernat Desclot states that the king was first buried before the major altar of the monastery church. It was his son James II, the Fair, who, fascinated by the solemnity of the sepulchres of the Sicilian monarchs, had marble from Palermo and other materials brought in and commissioned the making of his father’s tomb to master Bartomeu de Girona. 

Located before the major altar, the remains of the monarch lie in a bathtub of red Roman porphyry supported by two stone lions. The bathtub is covered by a stone templet crowned by a polychromed baldachin, of genuine Sicilian style. Impregnable throughout these years, as evidenced by its difficulty to open it up, the sepulchre of Peter the Great contained intact the body of the king. Before the remains were moved, the experts had them x-rayed and gathered samples of fungi and tissues. This remarkable operation allowed, by means of Peter the Great’s DNA, to establish which bone remains kept in the tomb of James I in Poblet actually belonged to his father.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Amnesty : “Calling protests to obstruct legitimate police operations does not constitute a serious crime such as sedition or rebellion”

Amnesty International has called for the immediate release of a Catalan pro-independence leader who has been in prison for almost four months, saying his continuing detention without charge is excessive and disproportionate.
Jordi Sànchez, the former president of the influential grassroots Catalan National Assembly (ANC), has been in custody since mid-October, when he and another civil society group leader, Jordi Cuixart, were arrested as part of an investigation into alleged sedition in the run-up to the regional independence referendum a fortnight earlier.
The pair have been accused of using huge demonstrations to try to stop Spanish police officers from following a judge’s orders to halt the referendum, which had already been suspended by the country’s constitutional court.who is also an MP for the Together for Catalonia party of the deposed Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont.
Judge Pablo Llarena said he would not release the politician on the grounds that he could once again try to push for unilateral Catalan independence, adding that Sànchez had played a major role in “the mass demonstrations that favoured a social uprising”.
Gauri van Gulik, Amnesty’s Europe director, said that while Llarena could have used the opportunity to release Sànchez, he had instead aggravated an existing injustice.
“The extension of Jordi Sànchez’s provisional custody constitutes an excessive and disproportionate restriction on his right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly,” she said.
Van Gulik said the possible rebellion and sedition charges Sànchez and Cuixart faced were unjustified and should be dropped.

“Although calling protests to obstruct legitimate police operations can – if proof is produced of their commission – constitute a public order offence, it does not constitute a serious crime such as sedition or rebellion.”
The continuing detention of senior Catalan secessionist leaders, including the ousted regional vice-president, Oriol Junqueras, has prompted accusations that the Spanish courts are holding them as political prisoners – a claim denied by both judges and the Spanish government.Last week, Llarena refused to release the former Catalan interior minister, Joaquim Forn. Although Forn had already stepped down as an MP, the judge said he feared the politician could reoffend “given the uncertainty over whether the majority political will is to respect the legal order to achieve the aspiration of independence that [Forn] shares even today”.

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Inventory of Damage by the Spanish Direct Rule in Catalonia

This document contains the second report of inventory damage prepared by ServidorsCAT. It is, therefore, an updated version of the first version, issued December 1, 2017 (available here).
This report should be considered as a draft and may contain gaps or errors. There is also information over damages pending confirmation. ServidorsCAT seeks to operate with maximum rigor to disseminate information. The sources of information are of mainly three types: official publications (Official Diary of the Catalan Government (DOGC), Official Bulletin of the Spanish State (BOE), media and internal sources (websites, own elaboration, etc). This damage inventory shall be continuously updated. Anyone can cooperate by sending information of interest to
ServidorsCAT guarantees the confidentiality of messages received. The presentation of this report contains the objectives pursued through its development.

This inventory of damages focuses on the impact and real -life consequences of the measures taken by the Spanish State pursuant to the application of Article 155 of the CE (Spanish Constitution) and clearly describes the dimensions and severity of these damages. We are thereby responding to the need to enumerate in one source all the damages inflicted on Catalan institutions and society, given that often the measures that cause them are unknown, sparsely publicized, or simply not publicized at all.


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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Spanish Supreme Court keeps Jordi Sanchez pre-trial prison because he “maintains his pro-independence ideology"

Spanish Supreme Court keeps pro-independence leader in prison because Sànchez “maintains his pro-independence ideology. This is 2018 in Europe. The grassroots pro-independence leader Jordi Sànchez, from the Catalan National Assembly, was denied his freedom on Tuesday. The Spanish Supreme Court kept him in jail on the grounds that there are “new elements” of his involvement in the events investigated. The judge also argues that there is the risk of repeat offense because Sànchez “maintains his pro-independence ideology” and has not stepped down from public office. While also the also-jailed deposed minister Joaquim Forn gave up his post as MP, Sànchez has not done the same. Yet, last week the same legal entity ruled to keep Forn in prison, despite his resignation.

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