Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Catalan Political Prisoners Families Launch an Association

Catalan Civil Rights Association (ADCC) was presented yesterday. It is founded by the families of the ten Catalan political prisoners as well five politicians exiled in Brussels. They launched a web to take care of the families, the rights of the prisoners and to receive support for their actions as well as expenses.

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Catalan civil servants protest against Spain’s takeover of the government

Catalan civil servants demonstrated yesterday in Barcelona in front of the Catalan suspended Government  against the enforcement of Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution, that is, Madrid’s direct rule of Catalonia. The Assembly to Defend the Catalan Institutions is the entity formed by Catalan government employees to reject the measures that the Spanish government has implemented against Carles Puigdemont’s cabinet and the rest of the Catalan government. One of the first initiatives taken by the assembly was a demonstration in central Barcelona on Tuesday.
During the event, the employees read a manifesto in which they recognize “the authority and legitimacy of the president, his government and the institutions which represent it which come from the Catalan Parliament, democratically elected on September 27, 2015”. In addition, the employees “flatly reject the repressive actions” of the Spanish state against Catalan officials, civil servants and “any people who peacefully demonstrate for their political ideas”. The manifesto also calls on citizens to “defend their government institutions”. Catalan Firefighters also protested in a very visual way.

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Spanish judicial system raises eyebrows in the European Parliament

On November 15, at the headquarters of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, a roundtable meeting was held on human rights violations in the Canary Islands. The litmus test was the case of Vladimir Kokorev, a Spanish citizen, who, until recently, with his wife and son, was preparing to enter a third year of “provisional detention” in a Las Palmas prison with no trial or indict ment.
On September 28, the same issue brought prominent lawyers and experts to the Brussels headquarters of the European Parliament (EP).
Both events were sponsored by MEP Fulvio Martusiello, chairman of the EU-Israel commission and member of the Committee on contraventions and maladministration in relation to money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion.
As a follow-up to the Brussels meeting, Mr Martusiello sent an letter to Spanish supervisory authorities, including the General Council of the Judiciary (Consejo General de Poder Judicial), the High Courts of Madrid (Audiencia Nacional de Madrid) and the General Prosecutor Office. He called on Spain to clarify and transfer the case from Las Palmas to Madrid to ensure objectivity.
As the letter went unanswered, a second EP meeting took place, this time in Strasbourg. A more focused appeal was issued in a letter to Mr Emilio Moya Valdes chairing the Las Palmas provincial court; to the Spanish Minister of Justice Rafael Catala Polo; the Spanish Ombudsman Francisco Fernandez Marugan, and to Mr Carlos Lesmes Serrano chairing the General Council of the Judiciary.

This much harsher description of the case carries the signatures of four MEPs: Fulvio Martusciello, Barbara Matera, Aldo Pariciello and Heinz Becker. The latter expresses “bewilderment” “at Spain’s treatment of Kokorev” and calls on Spain to end this “horrifying human rights violation”.
MEPs are especially ignited by the fact that Judge Serrano, finding no evidence of money laundering, is now looking for signs of any other crime, conveniently forgetting that Kokorevs’ extradition to Spain was on charges of laundering for President Obiang of Equatorial Guinea.
While violating the law, this “pivot” has stretched out the Kokorev’s provisional detention, turning it into punishment without charge. Maximum penalty for laundering is six years, whereas the Kokorevs have served two years – in the absence of any trial or evidence of guilt.
It was mostly due to the MEPs’ call and the publicity that the case received in Europe in September-October 2017 that Kokorev’s wife and son were promptly released on the eve of the Brussels press conference. Their condition, however, is far from free as they are confined to the Canaries and the Spanish mainland is out of reach.
Vladimir Kokorev remains in prison with an uncertain future.
Aldo Pariciello, stating the MEPs’ common message, notes:
“I could not believe such an outrage is possible in a modern European country until I went into the details of the Kokorev case.
“Failures of justice and investigation do happen but things occurring in the Canaries cannot be called a failure.
“This is a deliberate breach of basic rights of European citizens to whom European laws guarantee the fastest possible and unbiased trial and a right to a fair verdict.
“In Kokorev’s case, I can see neither a trial nor any prospects for legal proceedings.
“All I see is an elderly senior citizen who has been tortured for two years without his guilt having been established”.
No less harsh are the comments by Fulvio Martusciello :
“As we can see, Spanish law enforcement agencies trample the fundamental provisions of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights:
1) A person can be found guilty only after conviction by a competent court.
2) Legal proceedings are conducted within a reasonable time.
3) A person charged with an offence must be informed of the cause of the accusation to allow him preparing his defence.
“As I know, Mr. Kokorev has not faced any court charges since his arrest in 2015. Which terms of pre-trial investigation are considered reasonable in the Canary islands? Two years? Five years? Ten years?
“This is an absurd situation and it gives grounds to question the existence of any real and motivated charges against him.
“Suppose Kokorev is charged of money laundering. So where is investigation of this crime? If there is none, is it lawful to talk about money laundering?»
In his conclusions, Mr Martusciello called for the establishment of an independent body to investigate human rights violations and judicial abuses in the Canary Islands.
It is essential to determine whether disregard for European values is a Canarian episode or a fundamental flaw of the Spanish justice system.

New Europe

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Puigdemont is 'Moscow Spy Cipollino': Russian Pranksters Troll Spain's Minister

Following her statement of Russia's alleged interference in the Catalonia crisis, Spanish Minister of Defense received a phone call, in which "Latvia's Defense Minister" revealed to her the "true identity" of the former Catalan leader.
Russian pranksters Vovan and Lexus trolled Maria Dolores de Cospedal, Spanish Defense Minister, who along with her colleagues claimed that Russia might have influenced the independence referendum in Catalonia via a "disinformation" campaign.

They called the Spanish official on behalf of Latvia's Minister of Defense and told her that many Russian tourists traveling to Barcelona are in fact working for Russian intelligence, while the former head of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont is a Russian spy known under the pseudonym Cipollino.
"We took notice of Spain's Minister of Defense, Maria Dolores de Cospedal, after her claims that the ‘hand of Moscow' was apparent in the referendum in Catalonia; she, in particular referred to suspicious Internet traffic from Russia. We contacted her, Alexey (Alexey Stolyarov, Lexus — one of the pranksters — ed.) introduced himself as the Latvian Defense Minister and promised to hand over secret documents, indicating that the former head of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, is an agent of Russian intelligence named Cipollino," prankster Vladimir Kuznetsov (Vovan) told Sputnik.
For her part, de Cospedal said that she did not doubt it at all, but noted that there was still no evidence of Moscow's interference in the Catalan referendum. The prankers then promised to share with her the relevant data allegedly intercepted by Latvian intelligence.
A video of the prankers' conversation with the minister was released on YouTube.
Cipollino, or Little Onion, is a fictional character from Gianni Rodari's worrk, a children's tale about political oppression.

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Spanish intelligence service admits imam behind Catalonia attacks was an informant

The CNI (National Intelligence Centre), Spain's intelligence agency, "following its protocols" contacted Abdelbaki es Satty, imam of Ripoll, Catalonia considered the "mastermind" of the 17th August terrorist attacks in Catalonia. The communication came in 2014 whilst Es Satty was serving a sentence in Castelló prison for drug trafficking, intelligence service sources have told Europe Press.
Abdelbaki es Satty is considered to have been the "mastermind" behind the terrorist cell under investigation by Spain's National Audience court. He died in an explosion of a house in Alcanar, on the Valencia border, on Wednesday 16th August, hours before the attacks on Barcelona's famous Rambla boulevard and the seafront promenade in Cambrils.
Within days of the attacks, the Mossos d'Esquadra (Catalan police) started investigating the imam's contacts and started reconstructing his past. These investigations led to operation Chacal in which police stopped two radicalised brothers from attacking Ceuta.
Spanish newspaper El País reported on 20th August that the imam met Rachid Aglif, alias the Rabbit, in prison, one of the members of the cell responsible for the 2004 Madrid train bombing.
Es Satty lived in Vilanova i la Geltrú, south of Barcelona, between 2006 and 2008. He was the town's second imam and walked away clean from the police operation in which a good part of the leadership of the religious community ended up behind bars.
The Mossos managed to find his cellmate from Castelló prison, a terrorist charged over the 2004 Madrid attacks, where Es Satty was held between 2010 and 2014. The imam at that time was in charge of organising the prayer times between the Muslim prisoners. Sources say that it was there that CNI made contact with him.
National Audience judge Fernando Andreu says in one of his interlocutory orders that two of those detained in connection to the Catalonia cell indicated that 44-year-old Es Satty was the cell's "mastermind". He died in the explosion in Alcanar, where investigators found various plane tickets to Brussels in his name.
In the house in Alcanar they also found his wallet and ID and a green book with his name on the first page containing a text "Short letter to the soldiers of the Islamic State in the land of the Andalus for the crusades".
According to the judge, the terrorists in Catalonia had stockpiled hundreds of kilograms of material to make explosives to commit "a large-scale terrorist act", frustrated by the explosion of the mixture they were preparing to make TATP.
The judge hasn't opened separating proceedings against the imam. Like the rest of the members of the cell, his life up until his accidental death in the explosion in Alcanar in the house they were using as an explosives factory is being analysed. The operation involves the Mossos d'Esquadra as well as Spain's National Police and Civil Guard.




Criminal history

The imam had another conviction on his record, as well as drug-trafficking. In 2006 he was convicted on two counts of injury and one against the administration of justice based on events in the Basque Country two years earlier.
This was revealed in the sentence dictated in March 2015, which Europa Press has had access to, in which a judge annuls the expulsion of Es Satty agreed by the Subdelegation of the Government of Castelló in relation to his conviction on drug offences. The injury charges do not appear in the expulsion agreement, only in the verdict he received from a Ceuta court in February 2012, confirming the 4 years and 1 month in prison he was sentenced to in 2011 for drug-trafficking.
On the other hand, according to reports in Spanish newspaper El País, the Ripoll imam remained in touch with some of the terrorists arrested after the 2004 train attacks in Madrid.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Petition To condemn the repression of democracy and freedom of speech in Catalonia

We urge HM Government to make a clear objection to the 'de facto' suspension of Catalan institutions, the detention of democratically elected Catalan politicians & the intimidation towards Catalan media; and to pressure the Spanish Government to enter into dialogue with Catalan institutions.

 Sign this Petition.

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Russia: "We are perplexed by Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis"

Maria Zakharova answered to the false accusations of the Spanish Government: "We are perplexed by Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis' statements that Russia is interested in a weaker Spain. It is unclear what prompted him to make such a “revelation”". Madrid believes Russian-based groups used online social media to heavily promote Catalonia’s independence referendum last month in an attempt to destabilize Spain, Spanish ministers said on Monday.

Ramon Tremosa, the EU lawmaker for the PDeCat party of Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, repeated on Monday that Russian interference had played no part in the referendum.

“Those that say Russia is helping Catalonia are those that have helped the Russian fleet in recent years, despite the EU’s boycott,” Tremosa tweeted, referring to Spanish media reports that Spain was allowing Russian warships to refuel at its ports. Those who voted in the referendum opted overwhelmingly for independence.

Russian Foreign Minister dismisses Russia's alleged meddling into Catalonia crisis as 'hysteria. Sergei Lavrov dismissed on Wednesday (November 15) allegations that Moscow had instigated separatist sentiment in Catalonia as “hysteria”, reported Interfax news agency.

On Monday (November 13), Spanish ministers accused Moscow of encouraging Catalonia’s independence bid through social media groups to “destabilise Spain.”

During a press conference, Lavrov said accusations came from places that hadn’t entirely resolved their internal problems, like Madrid and London.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Seven Catalan Attempts to Reach an Agreement with Spain in the last few Years

In November 16th 2003 regional elections took place in Catalonia. Two parties participated on a pro-independence platform. Estat Català, the oldest party in Catalonia, founded in 1922 to create a Catalan State, obtained 1,890 votes (0,06 %). It was formed by former President Francesc Macià (1859-1933). The same man, a former colonel expelled from the army for his Catalan ideas, also founded in 1931 the Catalan Republican Left (ERC). This party was in fact the other one with a pro-independence program in 2003. It obtained 544,324 votes (16,44 %) and 23 out of 135 MPs. Independence was only supported by 16,5 % of the people. Nowadays it is supported by a majority: What has changed?

From the results of the 2003 elections a government was formed by leftist parties: two unionists and ERC. The Presidency was given to Pasqual Maragall, a socialist from the PSOE party who defended the unity of Spain. Problems with the economy, bad infrastructure, and social fractures led the new government to propose a new Statute to allow self-government for Catalonia within the framework of the Spanish constitution. Strictly so, because the most of the government (PSOE, ICV-EUiA) were firmly unionists as was the oposition, CiU.

Two years later a Statute, less powerful than expected, was approved by the Parliament by a 88 % of the MPs. Only the Popular Party (PP) a party founded by a former Franco minister, voted no. The President of the Spanish Government visited Catalonia and said “I will support the Statute that the Catalan Parliament approves". He was applauded. It was the first time Catalonia gave way.

Meanwhile the PP began a campaign of hate against Catalans: boycott of Catalan products, defamation, signatures against the Statute... Their main argument was that all the Spaniards should vote on the Statute. To defuse this campaign, the President of Spain (PSOE) and the leader of Catalan opposition (CiU) agreed in 2006 to weaken the text. It was approved, with many changes, in the Spanish Parliament. A former PSOE VP explained laughing and cheering that they had “filleted” the text and it was unrecognisable. Many Catalan people felt cheated, humiliated. But Catalonia gave way again, for the second time. A campaign of “this or nothing began” and the changes were approved in a new referendum with 74 %. At that moment the rallies for the Catalans “right to decide” began, with 125,000 people on February 18th, 2006 and 200,000 in December 1st of the following year. This same year left-wing parties won the elections again and formed a government led by a Spanish born President from PSOE with the support of the pro-independence party ERC. The intention was to consolidate a strong bridge with Madrid to save the Statute and avoid the failure of dialogue. But President Jose Montilla failed miserably.

PP was not satisfied. Their intention was to defeat the Socialist party and so they denounced the already cut Statute to the Constitutional Court. Shamefully, the Court decided in 2010 to cut the already much-reduced staute for the third time. With these changes Catalonia was to have even less power than before (!). The day after this decision, on July 10th, 1,100,000 people demonstrated in Barcelona under the slogan ‘We are a nation. We decide’. All the parties, including PSOE were there. Many people understood that to achieve self-rule was a utopia. Most unionists who believed in an agreement with Madrid saw it was impossible. Only humiliation. A new pro-independence movement began to arise. In April 2011 the Catalan National Assembly was founded. But before that, Catalan parties tried, for fourth time, to have a dialogue with the Spanish State.

The opposition alliance CiU finally won the Catalan elections in 2010 and Artur Mas was elected President. His program was unionist and in favour of an agreement with Spain. It was called the “Fiscal agreement” to share taxes. In 2012 the Parliament supported this proposal with a 84% of votes. But the Spanish Government was clear: no negotiation on fiscal questions was possible no matter how much support the idea had. Moreover: in 3 years the Spanish government blocked in courts 25 laws passed by the Catalan parliament.

When this 4th attempt failed most of CiU approved a new platform: a referendum about independence. With this one, CiU won the elections in 2012 and formed a government with ERC. This same year monster rallies began in Catalonia with tens of thousands of people: 1,100,000 in 2012, a human chain of 1,600,00 in 2013, a “V” in 2014 with 1,800,000... all of them peaceful. In 2014 a fifth attempt to dialogue with Spain was implemented: Catalan Parliament approved a call for a referendum of self-determination. A delegation was sent to the Spanish Parliament. Once again the answer was no. Under these circumstances the Catalan Government called a so-called “participation process” where 2,305,000 people voted. The Spanish answer was to charge the President of Catalonia and 2 Ministers. This led the coalition CiU to break in two and to call elections in 2015.

For first time in history the pro-independence parties obtained the victory with 47,8 %, growing from the 16,5 % of 2003. The unionist faction of CiU disappeared from the Parliament with less than 3 %. Under a new President, Carles Puigdemont, the majority tried again to agree a referendum with the Spanish Government. For the sixth time, it was impossible. Finally the Government called a Referendum on October 1st, 2017. Spanish military Police seized the ballot papers, leaflets, Catalan media and telecommunications, Printing houses and public servants. Madrid said that the referendum had been prevented. But on the day ballot boxes and papers appeared in the polling stations. Then the Spanish Police assaulted a hundred polling stations, beating voters. One of them lost an eye; and 1,066 were wounded. Police brutality was extreme. In spite of this 2,286,217 people voted with a turnout of 43,03 %: Yes won with 90,18 %. Spain’s response, 15 days after the referendum, was to jail the leaders of the two grassroots movements who had organised peaceful rallies since 2012.

As the Catalan Government had promised, the result of the referendum was implemented. But first the President of Catalonia “suspended” the declaration of independence in case Spain wanted to dialogue. The proposal of a referendum agreed by both sides was still alive. But the Spanish answer, this 7th time, was worse than ever before: to suspend the autonomy of Catalonia, sack the Government and jail them. Hours before this attack the Catalan Parliament declared independence and asked the Government to implement it. It was October 27th. The same day Catalan self-rule was suspended. A part of the Government left to Brussels to ask for a European solution while the rest was jailed only six days after the declaration.

So, when you hear or speak about the crisis in Catalonia, please remember that Catalans tried seven times to reach an agreement. Always giving ground. And they received in return: lies, humiliations, boycotts, beatings and jail. In this period of 14 years Catalans have voted in 4 referendums and 5 elections and always in the same direction:  in favour of more autonomy and the right to decide. And always the Spanish answer has been refusal

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

700 supporters of the Catalan Government in Exile appear by surprise in Brussels

The Catalonia independence issue has become an international conflict in Europe. It’s not a matter of Catalunya in Spain. Today at the Parc Cinquantenaire in Brussels hundreds of Catalan and Flemish gave their suport to the Catalan Legitimate Government víctima of a putsch by the Spanish one. Three Ministers, Clara Ponsati, Toni Comin and Meritxell Serret thanked the people who appeared by surprise because there was no propaganda of a such event the days before.

People showed their support to Catalonia, theirr political prisoners and Democracy. The rally, as usual, was peaceful as Catalan rallies are in contrast of the main pro Spanish rallies.

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750,000 protesters descend on Barcelona demanding release of jailed Government and grassroots leaders

Hundreds of thousands of Catalan independence supporters clogged central Barcelona on Saturday to demand the release ofGovernment and grassroots  leaders held in prison for their roles in the region's banned independence drive.
Wearing yellow ribbons on their lapels to signify support, they filled the length of the Avenue Marina that runs from the beach to Barcelona's iconic Sagrada Familia church, while the jailed leaders' families made speeches.
Catalonia's two main grassroots independence groups called the march, under the slogan "Freedom for the political prisoners", after their leaders were remanded in custody on charges of sedition last month.
Barcelona's police said that 750,000 people attended the rally. The protest is seen as a test of how the independence movement's support has fared since the Catalan government declared independence on 27 October, prompting Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to fire its members, dissolve the regional parliament and call new elections for December.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Catalan parliament speaker freed from jail after posting €150,000 bail

The speaker of the Catalan parliament, Carme Forcadell, was released today from prison after her defense posted the €150,000 bail set on Thursday by the Supreme Court. Forcadell spent the night in the Alcalá-Meco jail in Madrid before being freed around midday on Friday.

Forcadell testified in the Supreme Court on Thursday to answer charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds in connection with the independence drive in the northeastern Spanish region.

Forcadell said the declaration of independence passed by the regional parliament on October 27 was of a polític nature only. She also pledged to comply fully with the emergency powers imposed in the region by Madrid under Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution in response to the unconstitutional declaration.

Forcadell, Lluís Maria Corominas, Anna Simó, Lluis Guinó, Ramona Barrufet and Joan Josep Nuet i Pujals are being investigated by the Supreme Court rather than the High Court because they have the status of partial immunity before the country’s lower tribunals.

Responding to questions from prosecutors and from her lawyer, Forcadell argued she had always allowed parliamentary debate to go ahead without prejudicing results or controlling content. She told the judge that avoiding such parliamentary debate would have seen her breaking laws applying to the speaker’s committee and violating the principles of a democratic state.

The speaker also rejected the idea that the Catalan independence push had included violence and said she had always maintained that all protests should be peaceful.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Spanish satirical magazine taken to court

El Jueves is a satirical and humorous magazine. news – more than 40 years, to be exact. On October 4th it published a piece about Spanish riot police in Catalonia. The piece, titled ‘The continued presence of riot police uses up cocaine reserves in Catalonia,’ refers to the law enforcement dispatched to Barcelona and other Catalan cities for the October 1 referendum vote. The Spanish law enforcement saw this as an accusation, and in turn took the magazine to court. Indeed, editor of El Jueves, Guille Martínez was summoned to testify on November 8. Just today 10 Spanish Military police agents were detained by drug traffick.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Huge tailbacks in a successful strike for Catalan Political Prisoners in Catalonia

A strike called across Catalonia by pro-independence activists to protest the jailing of democratic elected politicians shut down roads early on Wednesday, causing huge tailbacks into Barcelona while some public transport ran minimum services.Catalan pro-independence union CSC called the strike which was supported by civic groups Catalan National Assembly (ANC) and Omnium Cultural, whose leaders were imprisoned last month on sedition charges.

Scores of people stood across dozens of major highways in the region waving placards and chanting “freedom for political prisoners” while minor scuffles were reported on social media as police attempted to move protesters, TV and video images showed.
One crowd of activists also forced their way into the train station in the city of Girona and protested on the tracks, causing delays, images on social media showed. 

However, despite transport delays, shops and businesses in the region largely appeared to be functioning as normal.
The leaders the ANC and Omnium and eight former members of the Catalan government are in prison awaiting trial after staging a referendum on secession that Spanish courts deemed illegal and then declaring independence.
The independence drive has tipped Spain in to its worst political crisis in decades, widening political and cultural divisions and prompting thousands of companies to relocate out of the region.

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More than 200 Catalan mayors gather in Brussels to protest Spain's crackdown on the legitimate Government

“Freedom, freedom” and President, President”, were the words that about 200 Catalan Mayors repeated in a gathering in Brussels Palais des Beaux Arts with former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, Tuesday evening.
They had come to support the disposed President and to request that Catalan ministers be set free in Spain. Carles Puigdemont arrived in Bozar at 17h30, supported by over 200 Catalan Mayors who had made the trip all the way from Spain. They had come to explain their position in favour of Catalan independence and to express their support for the deposed president and four other ministers who had joined him to Brussels.

By coming to Brussels, seat of the European Institutions, they said they also wished to express their pro-European standpoint.

Maria Novak
The Brussels Times

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Catalan Government proposes a unity List for a Country

Catalonia’s President Carles Puigdemont warned the European Union that “it cannot have an entire government in prison or in exile”. In an interview with Catalan public radio broadcast on Tuesday from Brussels, where Puigdemont and four of his ministers landed last week, he criticized the EU for its “absolute indifference” to the political situation in Catalonia.

“[Spanish president Mariano] Rajoy said his measures would end the problem in Catalonia, and Europe is waiting for that to happen,” Puigdemont said. “We have to show that he is mistaken.”

Puigdemont due to appear in court on November 17

Puigdemont and his ministers spoke for the first time since a Belgian judge released them on Sunday after deciding that it was not necessary that they remain in custody while awaiting a final decision on their extradition. They are to appear in court on November 17.

President Puigdemont accused Spain of “violating human rights by imprisoning our colleagues” and acknowledges that he “might end up in a Spanish prison” too. Yet, he said they will go to “international courts” and warned that Spain “will be embarrassed”.

Eight ministers who stayed in Catalonia were preemptively sent to jail on Thursday last week pending charges of rebellion, sedition, and misappropriation of public funds, among others. Puigdemont is facing the same charges.

He also emphasized his desire to cooperate with the Belgian justice system and underlined that the reason why he and his ministers came to Brussels was that they did not trust the Spanish justice system to offer them a fair trial. “We have gone voluntarily to the Belgian justice system, we are not running from anything.”

President Puigdemont also referred to the snap election called by Spanish president Mariano Rajoy on December 21 after taking over the Catalan government and dissolving the Parliament.

“My priority is that there be a ‘list for a country’ that includes everyone who understands this is about defending democracy and freedom,” he said. That is a list that would include a wider political spectrum than Together for Yes (JxS), the pro-independence coalition that won the 2015 elections but fell short of a majority.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Catalan Government freed with conditions in Belgium

A Belgian judge has granted conditional release to Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and four of his ministers, and the group is scheduled to appear at court within 15 days, Belgian prosecutors said on Monday.
Puigdemont, who turned himself in to Belgian police after Spain issued a European arrest warrant for rebellion and misuse of public funds, is barred from leaving Belgium without a judge’s consent.
“The next step in the proceedings is the appearance of the five defendants before the Chambre du Conseil within the next 15 days,” prosecutors said in a statement.
The rest of the Catalan Government was jailed last November 2nd in a incredible decision. The Spanish judge who ordered such humiliation decision has to be inhabilited. This is the opinion onf 197.000 people who have signed in less than two days the next petition on line.

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8 teachers charged with hatred crimes for discussions in class on Catalan Referendum

Eight Catalan teachers who let class discussion about police brutality on October First (Catalan Democratic Referendum) have been charged with hatred crimes by Spanish court. More than 10,000 people have signed in suport if the teachers. The persecution of teachers by Spain is in the city of La Seu d'Urgell.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Spaniards attacks a youngster in Mataro. He is in hospital.

The youngster was beaten up yesterday in Mataró (Catalonia) by a group of Spanish nationalists. He's stable in hospital. The demonstrators for the unity of Spain came from a previous meeting of neo phalangist party Ciudadanos in Llavaneres. They were transported in buses. They surrounded the Catalan boy and shouted "Say Long Live Spain or we will kill you". The Spanish nationalists in Mataró last night didn’t seem very friendly either. And our govt is in jail on trumped up charges. Evidence is against you. Moreover Spanish Nationalists attacked houses with Catalan flags. kost of the attacks could not be recorded but two of them were:

Video of one of the attacks

Video of another of the attacks by Spaniards:

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Spanish Nazis attack Monument to Catalan language Poet

The village of Folgueroles, in the region of Osona, has appeared painted with the Nazi symbol and in favor of the 155. This is the number of the article of the Spanish constitution used by the Spanish Government to suspend Catalan autonomy. The ruling Spanish party, PP, was founded by a Minister of Franco. This dictator sent the Blue Division as a strong militar unit to help Hitler. 

One of these graffiti has been made at the entrance of the town, in the monolith dedicated to Jacint Verdaguer (the poet was born in Folgueroles in 1845). Vergaduer was a Catalan priest not in favour of independendence but who loved the Catalan Language.  Already inside the town, the facade of a private home has also received Nazi graffiti, in favor of 155 and a writing in Catalan: "Until the end", although the authors of the facts have not been able to write all the letters of the message. As usually in Nazi attacks Police cannot find the autors. 

The fascist graffiti has been made in one of the most independent municipalities in Catalonia. In the elections of 27-S of 2015, the sum of Junts pel Yes and the CUP brushed 90% of the votes. This is a clear proof that the autors are abroad of the village. Yesterday the neo phalangist party Ciudadanos convoked a meeting in the Catalan village of Llavaneres. Most of the participants were Spanish coming with buses. The night was long for them.

Last October 29 Spanish attacked a monument of another poet, Vicent Andres Estelles in Burjassot.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Flanders premier calls on EU to take action on Catalonia

The premier of Belgium’s Flanders region, which has itself seen separatist frictions in the past, denounced Spanish authorities on Friday for arresting sacked separatist Catalan officials and urged the EU to mediate in the dispute.

Carles Puigdemont, dismissed by Madrid as Catalan leader after the region’s unilateral declaration of independence, travelled to Belgium and failed to appear in a Spanish court on Thursday to answer charges of rebellion. But nine associates were remanded in custody in Madrid pending possible trial.
“Locking up democratically elected leaders is more than a bridge too far,” Flanders premier Geert Bourgeois said in a statement.
“I‘m perplexed that something like that is possible in today’s Europe.”
Flanders, home to more than half of Belgium’s inhabitants, has also seen separatist campaigning in past decades but a series of constitutional reviews has given broad autonomy to the regions and kept a lid on tensions.
Bourgeois, of Flemish nationalist party N-VA which is also part of Belgium’s federal government, called on European institutions to mediate; a proposal it has already rejected.
“Once again I‘m urgently calling on all European entities to finally take action and look for democratic solutions with both Spain and Catalonia,” he added.

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