Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Ludicrous Exam of Spanish Top Judge as Candidate of the ECHR : Zero Points

The Kingdom of Spain’s candidate for the European Court of Human Rights Francisco Perez de Cobos, was linked to the ruling PP (he was militant of the post Francoist party) and othe) far right groups. And did you know that his brother Diego Pérez de los Cobos, a colonel of Spanish Guardia Civil, was the one sent by Madrid to command the repression in Catalonia on 1 Oct? Spain is a fake democracy, the rich, the Francoists and the aristocrats are the ones who still rule.

Moreover he lied. He doesn’t speak English or French as he declared in his petition. He failed as candidate because they say he expected the interview in Spanish. He was examined obtaining zero (0) points. Cobos said to the examiners "Can you speak me in Spanish". Ludicrous. Cobos was former president of the Constitutional Court. This is the level.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Catalonia's President Carles Puigdemont in Denmark despite Spain’s warning

Carles Puigdemont, the President of Catalonia, arrived today in Denmark to attend a debate he is billed to host, leaving the airport without being detained, Reuters reports. Spain’s State Prosecution Service said on Sunday it would seek Puigdemont’s arrest if he traveled from Belgium to Denmark. Spain’s state prosecutor added on Monday it had asked the Supreme Court to reactivate a European arrest warrant to detain the ex-leader. Puigdemont fled to Brussels in October after his regional government declared independence from Spain on October 27 following a referendum ruled illegal by Spanish authorities. Madrid has imposed direct rule over the region.

Follow the conference here (Reuters TV)

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Spain to seek Catalan President's arrest if he travels to Denmark

Spain’s state prosecution service said on Sunday it would seek the arrest of former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont if he traveled from Belgium to Denmark on Monday to attend a debate he is billed to host.
Puigdemont fled to Brussels in October after his regional government declared independence from Spain on Oct. 27 following a referendum ruled illegal by Spanish authorities. Madrid also sacked his cabinet and imposed direct rule over the region.
The Spanish Supreme Court issued an international arrest warrant against him but withdrew it in December to avoid the risk of Belgian authorities granting him asylum.
The prosecution service said it would immediately ask the judge overseeing Puigdemont’s case to reinstate the warrant and request that Danish authorities arrest him once it confirmed his travel plans.
The University of Copenhagen said on Friday that Puigdemont would attend the event on Monday at its political science department: “Catalonia and Europe at a Crossroads for Democracy? Debate with Carles Puigdemont.”
Puigdemont’s lawyer, Jaume Alonso-Cuevillas, told Catalan public radio on Sunday that the risk of his client being arrested in Denmark was “quite high”, though he also believed Danish authorities would decline to serve any warrant.
A spokesman for the Danish state prosecutor said, “We will await the situation,” declining to elaborate further at this stage.
Puigdemont has not yet commented on the Denmark trip, though on Friday he re-tweeted a Twitter post from Danish politician Pelle Dragsted saying he looked forward to welcoming Puigdemont to the Danish parliament the following week. Puigdemont’s Junts per Catalunya (Together for Catalonia) party emerged as the largest pro independence force in a Dec. 21 regional election that returned a majority of seats in parliament to pro-independence parties.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

"We have a plan to restore democracy, the institutions and policies. The result of the elections validate our government program"

“I am a member of parliament who is perfectly eligible as president,” Puigdemont told Catalunya Radio. “These days many big projects are handled with the use of new technologies.” Referring to the charges against him, he added: “You can’t rule from prison.” "There are only two options: in prison I would not be able to address people, write, meet people," Puigdemont, who risks arrest on charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds if he returns to Spain.The only way is to continue doing it freely and safely." "Nowadays big business, academic and research projects are essentially managed using new technology,"

Puigdemont’s administration was dismissed by the central government in Madrid after he spearheaded a drive for the northeastern region, which is already semi-autonomous, to split from Spain that culminated in a unilateral declaration of independence in October. He regained his seat in the Catalan parliament in a Dec. 21 election that was called by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in the hope that pro-unity parties would win and resolve Spain’s worst political crisis in decades. That ploy backfired, with parties in favor of a split gaining a slim majority. "We have a plan to restore democracy, the institutions and policies,"  Catalan President said. "The result of these elections validate our government program."

The new Catalan parliament met for the first time on Wednesday and picked a pro independence politician as speaker, signaling Puigdemont’s possible return. The appointment of Roger Torrent to the role ended a relative lull in the crisis since the election in December.

The Catalan parliamentary committee, which has a pro-independence majority, must decide by Jan. 31 if it will allow presidential candidates to act remotely.

A first vote to choose a new leader is likely on Jan. 31, and Catalonia’s two main pro-independence parties have said they back Puigdemont.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Spain recognizes that the police repression against the Catalan referendum cost $118m

The deployment of up to 6,000 extra police in Catalonia during the affluent region's banned independence referendum cost the Spanish government 87 million euros ($118m), the country's interior ministe. Spain says police reinforcement during Catalan referendum cost $118m.

Speaking in the Spanish Senate, nationalist conservative Popular Party minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said the money had gone towards the upkeep, accommodation and travel costs incurred by sending National Police and semi-militarized Civil Guard officers to reinforce Catalonia's local Mossos d'Esquadra police force in the days around the Oct. 1 independence referendum branded unconstitutional by Spain's judiciary.

The Spanish police employed brutal tactics in their operation to clear voters out of polling stations during the prohibited Oct. 1 ballot. All in vain. The referendum was held and more of 90 % of the voters said Yes to Independence.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Catalan lawmakers elect pro-independence Roger Torrent as Catalan Parliament Speaker

Roger Torrent (Republican Catalan Left, ERC) has been elected as new Speaker of the Catalan Parliament. 38-year old Roger Torrent (Republican Catalan Left, ERC) has been democratically elected as the new Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, obtaining amajority in a second-round vote in the chamber on Wednesday. Torrent is the Mayor of Sarria de Ter since 2007. Josep Costa, from Together for Catalonia, was elected as Vice President of the Parliament.  Torrent has ended his first speech with a clear message "Long Live Democracy and Long Live Catalonia!". 

Twitter profile of the new Speaker is @rogertorrent11.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Spanish Government announces that it does not recognize the result of Catalan election called by themselves

It does not matter which the result was.
It does not matter if pro independence parties won on December 21st.
It does not matter if Carles Puigdemont was acclaimed as the legitimate President.
It does not matter ig the Mariano Rajoy party, Popular Party, was humiliated with only 4 out of 135 MPs. The party founded by a Franco Minister will rule Catalonia anyway and it has announced that will not recognize the result of the elections. Is it a coup ?

Direct rule over Catalonia will be maintained if Carles Puigdemont tries to govern remotely from self-imposed exile in Belgium, Spain’s prime minister has warned. Moreover Puigdemont VP will be in jail and he could not be in the Parliament as the Spanish Inquistion announced.
Mariano Rajoy said any new regional president had to be “physically present” to take office as the local parliament in Barcelona reconvenes tomorrow.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Spain Denies the Right of Catalan Vice President and newly elected MP to attend the Parliament

Catalan vice president Oriol Junqueras, who has been in jail for more than two months, was deniend permission to attend the Catalan parliament’s opening plenary session to maintain the pro-independence bloc’s majority. The situation is surreal as Junqueras was the leading candidate of its party, ERC, and obtained 32 MPs and 929.407 votes to be in the Parliament. Democracy in Spain is being adulterated and raped. Moreover the Spanish inquisition also stated that votes could not be taken by proxy, meaning that Junqueras and his two imprisoned colleagues, Joaquim Forn and Jordi Sànchez, might not be able to vote in absentia.

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Spain's Inquisition court rules Catalonia VP should remain jailed if he does not rennounce to his political ideas

Spanish supreme court judges have ruled against allowing ousted Catalan vice president Oriol Junqueras out of jail while he is investigated for rebellion and other charges stemming from the region’s drive for independence. Judges said there was a risk that Mr Junqueras might commit further crimes as there was no sign he intended changing his ways.They recognize that Junqueras did not act with violence but consider their political ideas as dangerous. The pro-independence VP Oriol Junqueras is one of several members of the sacked regional cabinet held on provisional charges following a declaration of independence October 1 last year. He was reelected as MP on December 21st beating 32 to 4 to the Spanish ruling party.

Catalan answer to inquisition

ERC spokesperson Sergi Sabrià told they were not surprised by the decision. “We do not understand at all the decision that has been taken,” he said, adding that they were prepared for a Europe-wide battle to ensure that “the sooner the better, Junqueras is at home with his loved ones and doing politics”.
Sabrià hoped the vice-president’s request to be transferred to a Catalan prison was accepted so he could attend sessions of the new parliament. Junqueras tweeted: “In the coming days, stay strong and united. Transform indignation into courage and perseverance. Anger into love. Always think of others. In what we have to redo. Persist because I will persist.”

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Thousands Protest in support of Oriol Junqueras

Protests around Catalonia in support of Junqueras Tonight. The demonstrations, called by the pro-independence groups Catalan National Assembly (ANC) and Òmnium Cultural, took place in front of town councils around Catalonia, but a special gathering took place in Sant Vicenç del Horts, the locality on the outskirts of Barcelona where Junqueras lives and of which he was mayor between 2011 and 2015. Catalan political and social leaders such as Jordi Turull, Joan Tardà, Agustí Alcoberro and Marcel Mauri were among the many who gathered in Junqueras's hometown.

It is now more than two months since Junqueras was imprisoned, as a speaker noted to the gathering of around a thousand people at Sant Vicenç dels Horts. The town's mayor, Maite Aymerich, told those assembled that "it is very easy" to resolve the court appeal made on Thursday for his freedom. "Oriol will not attempt to flee, he will not destroy evidence which does not exist, nor will he repeat any offence", she noted. In turn, the vice presidents of Òmnium and the ANC commented that dialogue is "the only way to solve the political conflict", affirming that the Spanish state "has lost its credibility".

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Thousands rally in Majorca for self-determination and independence

Between 2,000, according to the Spanish press, and 5,000 people, according to the organization, participated yesterday in the traditional event of the Day of Majorca, which every year travels through the streets of Palma to claim the right to self-determination of the people. It remembers the Catalan conquest of the island by James I in 1229 December 31st.

The march, very festive and colorful, was organized on December 30 by the Block of Popular Unity (BUP), under the slogan 'In Mallorca We decide: Independence, Catalan Countries', and the 31-D Platform with the slogan "We are a nation, We have the right to decide".  Despite the cold, people from all over the island and from the rest of the Catalan Countries have enjoyed the vindication of the Right to Decide of Mallorca and the Balearic Islands. Since the beginning of the march, proclamations have been heard calling for the freedom of Catalan political prisoners and in favor of independence.


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Friday, December 29, 2017

Twelve Catalan teachers cited to Spanish court for comments on non-violence

Twelve secondary school teachers from a community on the outskirts of Barcelona have been cited to give explanations to police, following complaints which have led the Civil Guard to investigate a possible "hate crime". The teachers, from the El Palau secondary school in the town of Sant Andreu de la Barca, will be required to talk to the paramilitary police in January, after alleged comments made by some teachers at the centre relating to non violence and the police repression of the Catalan referendum on October 1st. The comments were supposedly made to pupils who are the children of members of the Civil Guard itself, which has a barracks close to the school.

According to sources quoted by Europa Press, it is expected that the teachers will give their version of events between January 4th and 10th to clarify whether any of them could have commited a hate crime; it is the Civil Guard which, in the first instance, will investigate the case in its role as the judicial police force. If it is considered that there is a case to answer, the Spanish Public Prosecutor's Office will then lay a complaint to bring the case before a judge.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Police arrest two councillors of the CUP in Reus

Police detained yesterday at noon in city of Reus to councillors of CUP (Popular Unity Candidatura, Catalan pro independence left) Oriol Ciurana and Marta Llorens for not declaring in an investigation to instigate hatred against police in drafting of a manifesto criticizing Presence in city of reinforcement contingents of Spanish police following illegal consultation of 1 October. The arrest was practiced after 12 noon in municipal offices, where they have come to "work as usual," . Encouraged by dozens of demonstrators who have concentrated to support , two councillors had expressed their intention not to voluntarily face judicial authority. "You know where you can find us". They were jailed all night long. The court freed them this morning after they refused to declare. The Reus Democratic Mayor, also prosecuted, participated in the concentration in solidarity of repressed elected councillors. 

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Tribute to Catalan President Francesc Macià in his grave

Catalan autonomous institutions payed tribute to "The Grandfather". He was the 122nd President of the Generalitat of Catalonia. As the present President he was in exile in Brussels being prosecuted by a Spanish authoritarian government. Ministers Josep Rull and Jordi Turull visited Macia's tomb and read a message of the present Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont. Catalonia's Parliament President, Carme Forcadell, payed tribute to the founder of the first pro independence party, Estat Català (Catalan State), too.

"We live a state of persecution to legitimate, democratic and non-violent ideas. "We are the continuators of a long chain of efforts and sacrifices", as Macià did in defense of the Catalan institutions, and recalled that his predecessor always asked Catalans to become worthy of Catalonia", said Puigdemont.

Macià died just 84 years ago after a life of "courage, honesty, firmness and fidelity in Catalonia" that has earned since then the most beloved memory, he said, because it allowed the modernization of the Generalitat, created the year 1359.

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Pro independence parties win in expat vote too and C'anos lose a MP to PP

Together for Catalonia (JxCat) is the clear winner and Catalonia's Republican Left (ERC) the second one. Abroad Vote finished:
JuntsxCat : 7,227 votes (26,7%), pro independence
ERC: 5,860 (21,66%), pro independence
C’anos : 5,738 (21,21%), Spanish nationalist
PSOE: 2,875, (10,63%), pro Spanish
CatCom: 2,864, (8,37%), pro Spanish
CUP: 1,560 (5,77%), pro independence
PP: 1,211 (4,48%), Spanish nationalist

With these results Pro Spanish party C’anos, lead by a Franco’s police daughter and niece of a Franco’s governor, loses a MP. This is going to PP (Spanish ruling party). The difference between C’anos and JxCat reduced fromt 2 to one MP. If pro independence parties had a joint list the difference between the first force (in 2015 called Together for Yes) and the pro Spanish C'anos would be 66 to 36 in favour of Catalan pro independence forces.

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84 years ago today died the President Francesc Macià who was exiled in Brussels

Francesc Macià i Llussà was the first President of the Generalitat de Catalunya and held office from 1932 until his death in 1933. Over 1,000,000 attended to the Macià's funeral and flowers filed 120 automobiles at burieal of President of the Catalan Government as the New York Times explained.

Born in September 1859, Macià grew up in Vilanova i la Geltrú (a medium sized town approximately 50 kilometres south of Barcelona). After a spell in the Spanish army, he fought for Catalan independence and formed the political party Estat Català which later merged with other pro-independence groups to form Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (Republican Left Wing of Catalonia).

Portrait of Francesc Macia

About the Artist

In 1931 the ERC won local elections and proclaimed the Catalan Republic. Three days later the Catalan Republic was restructured as the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of the autonomous Catalonia) with Francesc Macia as president and the statute was drawn up.

Monument to Francesc Macià

This unusual monument is the work of Josep Maria Soberachs and was inaugerated in 1991. The mostly abstract statue consists of a bronze bust of Macià in front of an inverted concrete staircase. The unfinished staircase symbolises the ongoing history of Catalonia which is being constructed day-by-day.

Josep Maria Soberachs was born in Barcelona in 1927. He was a multidisciplinary artist, painter, sculptor, illustrator and art critic whose best known works include the Passion Façade of the Sagrada Familia Basilica.

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola among those cited in ‘rebellion’ report by Spanish police

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been cited in a report accusing various Catalan groups of rebellion.
As reported in the Catalan media, a document by the oldest law enforcement agency in Spain listed the former Barcelona head coach among a group of names under investigation for their actions during a year of political upheaval in Catalonia.
Guardiola has been an outspoken advocate of Catalan independence and attended a number of related events – he has also been seen adorning a yellow ribbon, a symbol that has become synonymous with the independence movement, while coaching his current team from the sidelines.

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Spanish Inquisition: Catalan activist fined by a massive booing to the Spanish king

Catalan activist Santiago Espot  has benn condemned with a fine of € 7,200. Dozens of thousands of Basque and Catalan people whistled the Bourbon Spanish king in a match on 2014. As Spain could not charge thousands of people for their right of free expression began a process against Espot for promoting the whistling as he could organize it alone. The Spanish judge jocked about the right of the Catalan activist to declare in his language as well as his way to speak.

Freedom of expression ? Spanish Inquisition.

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Catalonia Defeats the Putsch with more independentist vote now than ever

It's done.Pro-independence parties humiliated Mariano Rajoy, Spanish PM. Despite a repressive scenario of the army in the streets, massive beating of peaceful people, the leaders of Catalan parties in jail or exile, economic menaces, lack of money for the campaign, and the Electoral Board absolutely biased. Pro independence votes (abroad vote, usually pro independence is not counted yet) are higher than ever in Catalan history: 2,063,361. Together fos Catalonia sums 940,000 and Catalonia's Republican Left 929,000. The Popular Unity Candidature is down with 193,000. Last elections, in 2015, pro independence vote was of 1,966,508 so the grow is clear.

Pro Spanish parties are defeated with 1,890,000 votes. In special the ruling party in Spain, PP, with is down from 11 MPs to 3 and less than 4,3 %. Non aligned "Commons" have 330,000 votes, down 43,000. So the result is clear and the Government must return at work with no more interferences of the Spanish PP party.

Moreover the turnout has been extremaly abnormal higher than ever: 81,9 %. Ususally less than 70 % vote in elections in Spain. Last State elections, which elected Rajoy, the turnout was 66,5 % in Spain and 63,4 % in Catalonia. Pro independence parties have all the legitmity. Can Spanish parties ruling in Madrid say the same ?

 Number of municipalities where each party was the most-voted :
☞JxCAT (pro-indy): 661
☞ERC (pro-indy): 141
☞Cs (pro Spain): 136
☞PSOE (pro Spain): 2

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Catalan Political Prisoners and Candidates Punished by the Spanish Government

One of Catalan political prisoners (a candidate at upcoming election) records a 30 second audio and is punished with relocation to a new module, where he'll have to start all over after 60 days in jail waiting for trial. Jordi Sanchez, Together for Catalonia candidate, could not contact with external people except his lawyers. Sanchez 'can't speak even with his family because he has given support to Puigdemont'. Sanchez is the number 2 of the list so this decision clearly adulterated the campaign.

Moreover according to Spanish Government, there aren't any political prisoners. But Spain's Interior minister has just opened a file against Catalonia Republican Left candidate Oriol Junqueras and Sanchez for "recording electoral messages from prison".
Spain reaching new lows on Freedom of Speech and manipulation of elections.

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