dimecres, 23 de maig de 2018

Report on the Spanish Government’s Communiqué

The Spanish government issued a statement today stating that the decree appointing the ministers that form the Government of the Generalitat will not be published in the Official Journal of the Generalitat de Catalunya (DOGC) and that it would study its feasibility, despite the fact that all the members of the Government enjoy their full political rights. The Spanish government retains the application of Article 155, which was to be withdrawn as soon as there was a government in Catalonia, in the total and absolute absence of legal basis.
That is why today various groups of jurists have issued the following statement:
The Spanish Government has issued a statement that questions the feasibility of the Government of Catalonia announced by President Quim Torra. In doing so, it warns that it considers that it is the only body with powers to authorize the publication of the Decree that approves the appointments.
As regards this statement, the undersigned organisations wish to report:
  1. This communication contravenes Article 152 of the Spanish Constitution (SC), which determines that it is the President of the Generalitat who is responsible for the Government cabinet, is its highest representation and is even the statutory representative of the State in the territory of Catalonia.
  2. Article 17 of Law 13/2008 of the Presidency of the Generalitat and of the Government indicates that it is for the President of the Generalitat, in accordance with his personal status, to represent the Generalitat, and it is he or she, within the framework of his functions, who freely decides to the appoint and sack the members of the Government.
  3. The publication of the appointments in the DOGC is a due and regulated act, and not doing so out infringes Article 7 of Law 2/2007 on the DOGC. The appointment made by the President must be assumed to be a valid act and no authority within the Generalitat, including those that are now controlled by central government, may oppose its official publication without incurring in disciplinary, political or criminal liability.
  4. The repeated interference of the central government in the functioning of the Catalan institutions, beyond the anomaly that the improper application of article 155 SC amounts to, implies an intolerable lack of respect for the democratic will expressed at the ballot box and a flagrant violation of the fundamental rights of citizens and citizens of Catalonia.

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dimarts, 22 de maig de 2018

Germany refuses to extradite Catalonia's President Carles Puigdemont

A German court on Tuesday rejected a request from prosecutors to take former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont back into custody pending a decision on whether he can be extradited to Spain.
Puigdemont was detained by German police March 25 after crossing the border from Denmark. Spain had issued a European arrest warrant and sought his extradition on charges of rebellion and misuse of public funds — charges that stem from an unauthorized referendum last year on Catalonia's independence from Spain.
He was released April 6 after a German court said it appeared he can't be extradited for rebellion, the more serious of the two charges. But prosecutors in the northern town of Schleswig argued that new information provided by Spanish authorities suggests that would be possible.
They cited videos showing violence against Spanish police and said in a statement that "the disturbances were on such a scale that prosecutors believe that he should also be extradited over the accusation of rebellion." The prosecutors argued that the charge is comparable to two offenses under German law — treason and breaching the peace.They said that Puigdemont would pose a flight risk and called for him to be taken back into custody. The state court in Schleswig disagreed and rejected the request.
Puigdemont remains free with certain conditions, including reporting to police once a week.
The separatist politician has been living in Berlin, frequently receiving political allies from Catalonia including his newly elected successor as regional president, Quim Torra.
The Schleswig court said it is "still open" when a final decision will be made on whether Puigdemont can be extradited. It said that the prosecutors have yet to submit a formal application to examine whether an extradition is possible.

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Another former Spanish Minister arrested for money laundering

The Civil Guard arrested the former Minister and former president of the Generalitat Valenciana, Eduardo Zaplana , on Tuesday , according to sources from the armed corps, who also confirmed the arrest of more people. According to various means, Zaplana would have been detained for an alleged crime of money laundering due to the emergence of money from foreigners and a tax offense. Zaplana was president of the Generalitat Valenciana from 1995 until the summer of 2002, when the then Spanish president, José María Aznar, appointed him Minister of Labor and Social Affairs , a portfolio he held about two years .

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dilluns, 21 de maig de 2018

Spanish Fascists from Cs party attack remove crosses with the word freedom both in Canet and Palamós, 3 wounded

In Canet de Mar (Maresme), about twenty people, most of them masked, have burst today onto the beach of the town. They have withdrawn the yellow crosses that had placed the town's Comittee in Defence of the Republic. They could read in these words Human Rights, freedom, republic or respect.

The group of ultras, most of them identified as Citizens (Cs) party members, removed the crosses and stole them. Members of the CDR on the beach, were recording peacefully and did not prevent them from being taken away. Even so, there have been moments of tension and three of the Catalans have wounded by the Spanish Fascists.

In Palamós' beach another supremacist with a dog did the same action, to remove the crosses, threatening the Catalan activists with the dog. He removed many crosses which were placed again. 

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Spanish supremacists attack Catalonia's office in Brussels

Today in Brussels, where five Spanish supremacists attacked the delegation of the Generalitat (Catalan Government) and started a part. The director of international communications of the 130th Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, Joan Maria Piqué, has published it in the networks, enclosing two photos in which one of the alleged authors can be seen.

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New campaign in Majorca with postcards to Catalan political prisoners

MORE for Majorca (MÉS per Mallorca) began this Saturday, from the Majorca's Central Post Office, a campaign to support Catalan political prisoners. The party has published postcards aimed at each of the prisoners, with the direction of the penitentiary center in which they are imprisoned preventively.

At the presentation ceremony of the campaign, Bel Busquets and Guillem Balboa, have demanded that the State finish "its repressive drift, release the political prisoners and allow the return of the exiles. Now that we are going to have political prisoners in Spain, it is more necessary than ever to defend the values ​​and democratic principles," said the vice president of the Balearic government.

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Catalan Minister Puig asks EU to defend him against Spanish veto

In a letter addressed to Vice-President Frans Timmermans, Catalan Minister Lluís Puig Gordi asked the EU Commission for protection against the violation of his political rights inflicted by the Spanish Government. The Minister has been appointed by the 131st Catalan President, Quim Torra, but Spanish Government is blocking . The claim of Mr. Lluís Puig Gordi complies with EU Law Government and Mr. Mariano Rajoy is not allowed to block that. Spain must Respect the 21D election results. Dialogue is the right path.

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diumenge, 20 de maig de 2018

"Catalonia is an occupied country ... it looks like a colony"

Mrs Clara Ponsatí , former Minister now exiled in Scotland said today that the Catalonians "supported the Republic with the referendum" and they "ratified" it in the past elections of the 21 of December. In those elections 2,079,340 people voted for the Republic higher than 1,966,509 two years before.

She has considered that the start-up of the Republic is "stranded" and that it is "a job of all" to undo it. And to the question that if Catalonia wass autonomous. Ponsatí replied that "it is an occupied country, in a peculiar way and in the 21st century. From the point of view of who exercises the power and how he exercises it looks like a colony."

In spite of the high level of repression Ponsatí added: "We do not have to give in, we do not have to give up;
Spain will already sink itsel". 

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The Spanish govt breaks the law and will maintain direct rule over Catalonia in spite of the appointment of a Catalan Government

The Spanish government rule out dialogue with elected catalan leader on the basis that Spain feels insulted because they themselves have imprisoned, without trial, members of the Catalan governent. The appointment of the Government of the Generalitat by the democratically elected President Quim Torra is 100% legal and in compliance with the law. Obeying the law means the State must execute the due act of publishing it and making it effective. Not doing so is skipping the law and destroying the Rule of Law. Not publishing the decision appointing the Government in the official gazette would be something very close to a coup. It's a regulated procedure. The person responsible for issuing the publication order has no margin of decision. After publication, it can be appealed.

Lying once more Spain will maintain central government control over Catalonia after the region’s new leader nominated his cabinet. Catalonia's new President Quim Torra named his cabinet on Sunday, including politicians who are either in jail awaiting trial or exile for their part in Catalonia’s Democratic Referendum. This was an electoral promise both of Together for Catalonia and Catalonia's Republcain left. Spain's leader Mariano Rajoy denounced the move as a provocation and has gained the support of the Socialist Party in blocking the formation of the cabinet. The new Catalan government must not be ratified by Madrid before it can take power because Rajoy promised that he would accept the result of the elections which were convokek by himself. Rajoy said that when a government was elected by the people he would restore Catalan self-government. Once more he lied. Spanish far right, C'anos, and nationalist left, PSOE, support the decision of Rajoy to break the law.   

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dissabte, 19 de maig de 2018

Lluís Puig, Minister of Culture: both JxCat and ERC electoral manifestoes defended the reinstatement of the democratic government

Minister of Culture Lluís Puig, has a warning for Spain. Should it “censure” his own reinstatement as well as that of Puigdemont’s other ministers deposed by the Spanish constitutional measure, it will be acting like a “dictatorship,” said Puig in an interview with the Catalan News Agency (ACN).
The question of reinstating the sacked government has been a much discussed topic lately, as Quim Torra, newly elected Catalan president, has stated it to be his objective, while the Spanish government warns to take action against such a move. Puig, though, noted that the electoral manifestoes for both Junts per Catalunya (Together for Catalonia, JxCat) and Esquerra Republicana (Catalonia's Republican Left, ERC) talked about reinstatement.

The minister further explained that he hopes that, from Barcelona, “everything possible” will be done to make this a reality. Still, he admitted that problems might come up. “If Torra signs a nomination decree and it doesn’t get published because the Spanish government censures or vetoes it, there’s only one way to describe it: a dictatorship.”

For his part, Puig would be more than happy to retake his post as culture minister for Catalonia, even from Brussels. He explained that he knows the requirements and the job “like the back of his hand.” The deposed minister added that if the Spanish minister Méndez de Vigo was able to manage culture in Catalonia “from 600km away without showing up a single day for six months” he sees himself as “more capable” to do it from twice the distance. One of the reasons for this, he explained, was that “he’s been very present in many places in Catalonia in the past months” over social media or Skype.
All in all, Puig stated that to not “interfere” with the Catalan administration, he would step down “immediately” if he saw that he could not manage his post as a minister “correctly.” “The first thing I’d do as a minister is to give assurances that, should I not be able to carry out my work correctly, I would step down as soon as I’d see it,” Puig insisted.

Specifically, he referred to if cultural politics and the ministry itself were not possible to direct “well” from Brussels. “Personally, on a management level, it doesn’t intimidate me at all,” he expressed, noting that he’s worked more than 17 years in the ministry and he knows it “like the back of his hand.” But, ultimately, if Quim Torra were to nominate someone else to manage culture in Catalonia, Puig explained he’d suggest the newly appointed minister come to Brussels, so the transition can be done “face to face.”

Recently, Lluís Puig and Toni Comín and Meritxell Serret, two other deposed ministers from Puigdemont’s cabinet also residing in Belgium, received a final decision on the extradition order against them issued by Spain: it was rejected. A Belgian judge denied the petition due to form “irregularities” something that Puig himself sees a “victory.” Still, he explained, he would have liked to debate on the content of the arrest warrant itself, because “it would have ended with both the charges of rebellion as well as that of misuse of public funds,” he stated, referring to the crimes him and his colleagues are accused of.
He also revealed that they had somewhat predicted the Belgian courts would respond as they did, since defense lawyers detected the irregularities from the beginning and sent it on to the judge from day one. That didn’t defer from his “surprise” that the Belgian justice recognized “all irregularities,” he said, adding that “it made us very happy.”
What’s more, he expressed that for Spain to criticize the Belgian judicial decision “is not the way to make friends and find allies,” as he also noted happened with the German courts when they rejected extraditing Puigemont on charges of rebellion. “European arrest warrants are a tool to create alliances between justice systems, it’s not normal that the Spanish judiciary is lecturing everyone.”
In the past few days the Spanish prosecutor requested that the Supreme Court issue a third arrest warrant against the sacked ministers in Belgium. According to Puig, though, if that were to happen “Spain would be in a position of doubtful credibility.” In that eventuality, the deposed culture minister explained that, before a justice system that he considers just, fair, and that doesn’t judge him preemptively, he would be “enthusiastic to show that [he] did not misuse a single euro.” Ultimately, he has faith that him, Serret and Comín will be given “total and final freedom.” 

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divendres, 18 de maig de 2018

Spanish journalists denounce manipulation and censorship of Spanish TV

Journalists working for Spain’s public broadcaster denounced “the manipulation and censorship” of their work in a meeting at the European Parliament (EP) on Wednesday, and urged the EU body to call on Spain to respect “impartiality, plurality and independence.”
A delegation of the association of journalists working in Spain’s TVE attended the chamber in Brussels to meet the president of the petitions committee, Cecilia Wilkström. The case is currently under consideration after it was accepted for review two months ago.
“Public media should be independent and plural, not the voice of any government” said Alejandro Caballero, a representative of the journalists’ association. “People who are currently in charge of RTVE aim to hide things which later emerge as news.”
Gabriel López, another representative, described the current situation as “critical” and said that principles envisioned in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights are being violated.
More meetings with EP officials are to follow, and a non-binding document will eventually emerge. The European Commission is also expected to look into the accusations and issue a report.

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dijous, 17 de maig de 2018

The Spanish MP who threated to hang Catalan President accused to lie in his CV

The judge who is investigating Spanish supremacista Cristina Cifuentes’ master’s degree involves Pablo Casado in the case. The judge decided to expand the investigation to Pablo Casado.
1. His title it is in the same center, tutor and university as Cifuentes.
2. Casado approved two thirds (the legal maximum) by validation.
3. He did not go to class.

Pablo Casado Blanco is a well known person for Catalan people. He usually threat Catalan politicians. Some months ago he said that the Catalan Parliament speaker should remember that he has two daughters before take some political decisions. Some time before, this People’s Party (Spanish ruling party founded by a Franco's Minister) spokesman warned Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, that should he go ahead and declare independence, he could end up like a previous president of Catalonia who was executed by a Franco regime firing squad in 1940. The PP government spokesman’s comments drew widespread condemnation from the members of Catalan political parties but silence of the Spanish ones. Comparing Puigdemont “to the man who declared [independence] 83 years ago”, Pablo Casado was referring to Lluís Companys, the Catalan president during the Spanish Civil War who declared a Catalan state in 1934. After the war, the Gestapo captured Companys in France and handed him over to the Franco regime, who executed him. Companys remains the only democratically elected European leader to have ever been executed.  

The Vice-Secretary of Communications of the Spanish People's Party and Deputy has been discovered as a lier now. Between June 16 and 19, 2008, he completed an intensive course in "Driving Government Performance" by Robert Behn, a professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
The course took place in Madrid, precisely at the Business School of the University of Navarra, known as IESE. This program was offered by IESE "in collaboration with the Harvard Kennedy School".
The official curriculum of Casado Blanco presents it with a "DGP of the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University". DGP obviously refers to the name of the course (Driving Government Performance) and not to an academic degree as such .
This politician assures that it was a postgraduate course: "You can say that they are postgraduates, yes, because they ask you for a degree to access them," Casado Blanco told eldiario.es.
However, this means that the course the MP has taken can not be considered a graduate because there are no academic prerequisites for it. 

It is not the only question of the title of Casado Blanco. The politician has a master's degree in autonomy and local law from Rey Juan Carlos University, allegedly between 2008 and 2009, but he could not remember whether he had gone to class or passed exams.Married Blanco does not even remember whether he was a scholarship holder for the DGP course or whether he paid the 2,000 euros.

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dimecres, 16 de maig de 2018

Belgium rejects extraditing Catalan pro-independence Ministers

Belgium has rejected to extradite three Catalan deposed ministers wanted by Spain. A Belgian judge dismissed on Tuesday the European Arrest Warrant issued by Spain for Lluís Puig, Toni Comín and Meritxell Serret.
In a hearing in Brussels, the prosecutor and the defense agreed that the extradition request had “procedural defects” and “irregularities”, and therefore the judge rejected it. “We demand the end of judicialization of politics and the release of all our colleagues” said Meritxell Serret immediately after knowing the court’s decision.
Toni Comín, Meritxell Serret and Lluís Puig are wanted by Spain over their role on the October 1 referendum and subsequent declaration of independence. Comín is accused of violent rebellion and misuse of public funds, while Serret and Puig are wanted for the lesser charge of disobedience and misuse of funds.

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Peaceful Protest in Barcelona to Free Catalan Prisoners and the Return of Exiles

Yesterday evening, a row of people walked round the streets of Plaça Sant Jaume in silence. The protesters demanded the freedom of political prisoners and the free return of the exiles. It has been a new action of the Freedom Call (Crida per la Llibertat) to denounce that, although there is already a new president of the Generalitat, "the Spanish State maintains Catalan political prisoners and that as a result of the repression of this State There are exiled independentist leaders."

 The reborn civical movement Freedom Call (Crida per la Llibertat) was active in the eighties and nineties as Solidarity Call in Defence of the Catalan Language and Culture. It was born in 1981 and dissolved in 1993 after many peaceful actions mainly to claim for respect to teh Catalan culture often underestimated by the Spanish authorities. Spain changed its Fascist face after the death of dictator Franco but keep the same Catalanophobic and imperialist soul as Franco.

Curiously the Crida had three leaders, Angel Colom who leads the renewed organization, Carles Riera who is now the spokeman of the Candidacy for Popular Unity (CUP) in the Parliament and Jordi Sánchez who is in jail for leading the Catalan National Assembly.

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6 Catalan people detained in 48 hours

Five people were detained in Lleida and Alcarràs on Monday. All of them demonstrated with the Committees in Defence of the Republic (CDR). Today a sixth person has been detained in the neighborhood of Sants, in the city of Barcelona. Spanish repression tries to selectively deactivate the Catalan social movement.

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dimarts, 15 de maig de 2018

President Carles Puigdemont in Berlin: "Dialogue is the way to find a political solution to this political conflict"

The 131st  Catalan president, Quim Torra, visited the 130th Catalonia's President Carles Puigdemont in Berlin today. Mr. Puigdemont said Torra's election as "an opportunity for the Spanish government to show that it respects the results of the ballot boxes and that it has understood that the only possibility to find a solution is to recognize 'the other' and open a political dialogue. I hope that the Spanish government will accept the offer to initiate dialogue with mutual respect, in order to find a political solution to this political conflict".

The two pro-independence leaders also asked the Spanish government to put an end to direct rule in Catalonia, in force since last October, and which was expected to finalize immediately with the appointment of a new Catalan president. Now the new President has been sworn but Madrid has lied once more. "Article 155, designed to punish pro-independence politicians, has harmed everyone. Everyone. So, the commission to recover from its effects will benefit everyone."

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dilluns, 14 de maig de 2018

Quim Torra, sworn 131st President of Catalonia

Tomorrow he will travel to Berlin to celebrate a joint press conference with the 130th President of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont. The leader of the Spain's ruling party in Catalonia, PP, Javier Garcia, said today that "Catalans who want the independence are the enemy". His party was founded by Frano's officials.

After a long process since the election of 21 December 2017, Quim Torra has finally been elected as new president of Catalonia today with 66 votes in favour  (Together for Catalonia-JxCat and Catalonia's Republican Left-ERC), 4 abstentions (Candidacy for Popualr Unity-CUP) and 65 negative votes (C¡anos, PSOE, CeC and PP).
Quim Torra has called for a “republic for everyone” in the parliamentary debate previous to the vote. In his presidential speech, the pro-independence MP said that “for the Spanish people and the Catalan people, freedom means republic.”
Torra’s words come after he came under fire for a series of old tweets and articles in which he criticized Spaniards, and which have been strongly condemned by the parties against independence. “I regret that some tweets taken out of context addressed to the Spanish government offended some people” Torra said on Monday, in his third apology in just a few days. “I truly regret it.”
Torra also called for self-reflection by parties on both sides in Catalonia. “Pro-independence politicians should have no problem in recognizing that we have not done some things right” he said. “But also those in favor of Catalonia being an autonomous community [within Spain] should do so: prison, exile, the persecution of citizens for their ideas, the criminalization of civil and political rights are not acceptable.”
Recovering laws suspended by Constitutional Court
In his presidential speech, Torra said that one of his priorities as head of government will be to again put forth 16 laws suspended by Spain’s Constitutional Court, such as those against climate change, energy poverty, and ensuring gender equality.
“Some of these laws were approved by unanimity, even with the support of [the Catalan branch of Spain’s ruling] People’s Party, which was not enough to prevent the Spanish government from running over them like a bulldozer and suspending them” said Torra.
Raise minimum salary
In the field of economics, Torra promised to set the minimum salary at 1,110 euros a month and boost government business offices abroad to help the internationalization of Catalan companies and attract more foreign investment, among other measures. “Industry 4.0 and a circular economy are key to the future development of our economy,” he said.
“Reverse the damage of Article 155”
Torra also referred to Article 155, the constitutional device triggered by the Spanish government last October to suspend self-rule in Catalonia, following a declaration of independence. “I want to thank all civil servants of the Catalan government who, in recent months, have had to fight against the negative effects of Article 155,” said Torra, emphasizing that one of his priorities will be to “immediately reverse the damage” caused by Madrid’s direct rule in Catalonia’s own police body, the Mossos d’Esquadra.

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dissabte, 12 de maig de 2018

Rapper, sentenced for 3,5 years of jail for his songs, will appeal to the ECHR in Strasburg

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, unanimously ruled recently that the Spanish Kingdom must compensate Jaume Roura and Eric Stern for violating their right to free speech when they were wrongfully condemned for burning a picture of the king and queen. The Two catalans were sentenced to 15 months in prison for burning an image of the king and queen of Spain.

The rapper Valtonyc, Catalan speaking from Majorca, yesterday announced that he will also apeal to the ECHR.  Human rights groups like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have requested the Spanish inquisition legislation to be overturned arguing authorities have made use of this broad legal provision to punish satire and dissent.  In 2018 alone, Santiago Sierra’s art piece Political Prisoners in Contemporary Spain was removed from an international art fair in Madrid, and rappers Valtonyc and Pablo Hasel were convicted and sentenced to 3.5 and two years in prison, respectively.

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.

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Catalonia's leader, a dyed-in-the-wool partisan of independence

Carles Puigdemont, the ousted leader of Catalonia who on Thursday stepped back from efforts to reappoint him, has been a convinced secessionist since his youth, long before the issue moved to the centre of Catalan and Spanish politics.
The 54-year-old former journalist became president of Catalonia in January 2016, after an election in which separatists won a majority in the regional parliament for the first time.
Less than two years later, on October 1, 2017, Puigdemont staged an independence referendum even though the courts had ruled it unconstitutional.
The Catalan government claimed that 90 percent of voters backed independence in the referendum, with Puigdemont declaring that his region had "won the right to an independent state".
A virtual unknown when he became president of the northeastern Spanish region of 7.5 million people, Puigdemont, who combs his hair in a shaggy Beatles-style mop, become the main enemy of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative government.
In Amer, the small mountainous village of 2,200 people where he grew up, and in Girona, where Puigdemont served as mayor from 2011 to 2016, he is recalled as a convinced separatist.
"In Catalonia many people became separatists in an allergic reaction to Madrid's policies. Not him, he always had these convictions," said Puigdemont's friend Antoni Puigverd, a poet and journalist.
Puigdemont has never hidden his separatist tendencies, not even when he joined his predecessor Artur Mas's CDC party in 1980 at a time when it merely wanted to negotiate greater autonomy for Catalonia -- far from the idea of breaking away from Spain.
His friend Salvador Clara, a leftwing secessionist councillor in Amer, added that Puigdemont had defended the independence of Catalonia "since he can remember".

Pro-independence family
In July 2015 Puigdemont became president of the Association of Municipalities for Independence, which brings together local entities to promote the right to self-determination.
For 17 years he worked for Catalonia's nationalist daily El Punt, which now publishes under the name El Punt Avui after merging with another paper. He later created a regional news agency and an English-language newspaper about his region.
"He always combined his political activism with journalism," said Ramon Iglesias, a journalist with news radio Cadena Ser in Girona.
In 1991, while working at a local newspaper in Girona, Puigdemont launched a campaign to change the spelling of the name of the city from the Spanish version, Gerona, to Girona, the Catalan spelling, Iglesias recalled.
Born on December 29, 1962, into a family of bakers, Puigdemont was the second of eight siblings.
"We're a pro-independence family through and through," his sister Anna, who runs the family bakery in Amer, told AFP.

'Enormous freedom'
Puigdemont -- currently on bail in Germany, as Madrid tries to persuade the German courts to extradite him to faces charges of rebellion over the October 1 referendum -- speaks English and French as did his predecessor Artur Mas.
He is also a Romanian speaker as his wife Marcela Topor comes from Romania, and they have two girls.
But unlike Mas, who implemented unpopular austerity measures during Spain's economic crisis, Puigdemont is more of a social democrat who was better able to seduce the far-left members of Catalonia's separatist faction who were wary of Mas.
Catalan journalist Enric Juliana said Puigdemont's long-standing separatist convictions had made him the "ideal candidate" to succeed Mas, who never managed to convince some separatists of his dedication to a cause he embraced only a few years ago.
In June 2016, when far-left separatists withdrew their support, he took a risk and called a motion of no confidence in the Catalan regional parliament, which he survived.
"He arrived where he is by chance. He did not aspire to a political career, and that has given him enormous freedom," Puigverd said.


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divendres, 11 de maig de 2018

Support for independence grows 8 points and pro independence parties would win a bigger absolute majority

Support for independence in Catalonia ever since Madrid temporarily revoked the region's powers of self-rule, grows from 40 to 48 % in two months.

Together for Catalonia (JxCat) would again be top of the pro independence parties, with 30 to 32 seats, with ERC (Catalonia's Republican Left) gaining between 29 and 32 seats, and the CUP (Candidacy for Popular Union)party up from four to 11 seats wining 9 while JxCat could lose 2 and ERC 2 more. So the indepencence front could achieve 75 MPs five up of last December elections.

CUP would been 11 MPs (7 up) same as Catalunya En Comú-Podem a left parti nor unionist nor independetist. Meanwhile, the Spanish nationalist left PSOE would get between 13 and 15 seats, losing 2-4 seats with the Catalan branch of Spain’s ruling PP ( party founded by a Franco Minister) party likely to win between three and four seats. Now the PP has 4 over 135. Citizens, lead by a Franco policeman daughter, would lose 2-3 seats.

The poll results come from a survey of 1,500 people in Catalonia, with a margin of error of +2.53%, which was carried out between April 7 and 27.

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