Is this democracy? Two pro-independence mayors arrested without judicial order while fascists act with impunity

Spanish police have also arrested 9 more people (activists, journalists and students). Detentions started early in the morning and the Catalan Superior  Justice Court TSJC confirms that NO warrants have been issued

Two mayors from the pro-independence CUP party were arrested on Wednesday morning in the Girona region, in northern Catalonia. The two politicians were later released.


Photo: Marc Martí

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FREE EXPRESSION UNDER FIRE IN CATALONIA. PEN AMERICA REPORT

January 11, 2019
Original article: https://pen.org/free-expression-catalonia/

After more than 14 months in pre-trial detention, Oriol Junqueras, the former vice president of the Catalan regional government, is set to go on trial January 22, 2019, in Madrid on charges of “rebellion, sedition, and misuse of public funds”—for his central role in organizing the October 1, 2017, referendum on Catalonian independence. That referendum was disrupted by the intervention of Spanish riot police, who seized ballot boxes and dispersed voters in brutal actions, after the Spanish executive and judicial authorities had declared the vote illegal. An investigation by Human Rights Watch concluded that police used excessive force when confronting voters and demonstrators, hitting non-threatening protestors with batons and resulting in 893 reported injuries.

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Pro-independence activist persecuted as a terrorist in Spain

Persecuted as a terrorist in Spain

Pressenza. International Press Agency.
05.01.2019 - Barcelona, Spain 
- Krystyna Schreiber
Source: https://www.pressenza.com/2019/01/persecuted-as-a-terrorist-in-spain/

Persecuted as a terrorist in Spain

Tamara Carrasco campaigns for an independent Catalonia. She was arrested and has been in house arrest for months

In the morning of April 10, 2018, the 35-year-old social worker Tamara Carrasco García is woken by loud knocking on the front door. When she opens, there are a dozen Spanish paramilitary Guardia Civil in camouflage uniforms with machine guns. They have a search warrant against her and a warrant as a suspect of rebellion, sedition and belonging to a terrorist organization. Tamara is not aware of being guilty of anything: “I never risked more than a speeding ticket or an accusation for disobedience,” she says, sitting in a small library in the centre of her home town of Viladecans, a city not far from the Catalan metropolis of Barcelona.

 

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16 Stunden auf 15 Quadratmetern (der Freitag)

Spanien Carme Forcadell, einst Parlamentspräsidentin in Katalonien, sitzt nun seit fast einem Jahr im Gefängnis und wartet auf den Prozess
Carme Forcadell beim Verlassen des Obersten Gerichts in Madrid
Foto: Francisco Seco/AP/dpa
Noch zur Regionalwahl im Dezember 2017 empfing Carme Forcadell Journalisten in einem mit Edelholz ausgestatteten Büro. Fotos auf einem Regal erzählten vom unermüdlichen Einsatz der damaligen Parlamentspräsidentin für ihr Katalonien. Jahrelang hatte Forcadell die Massen als Vorsitzende der ANC, einem der größten Bürgervereine, die sich für die Unabhängigkeit einsetzen, begeistert. Bei den Wahlen 2015 verkörperte sie den Traum vieler Unabhängigkeitsanhänger von gelebter Demokratie. Warum sonst wurde sie als Aktivistin in das höchste Amt der katalanischen Legislative gewählt? Viele ihrer Gegner hielten sie für „ideologisch zu unflexibel“.
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PRISONNIERS POLITIQUES EN GRÈVE DE LA FAIM

 

Depuis plus d'un an, 16 représentants du monde politique et de la société civile se trouvent injustement en détention provisioire sans procès judiciaire, ou en exil forcé, pour avoir facilité la tenue d'un référendum d'autodétermination demandé par le peuple et approuvé par le Parlement catalan.

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ES IN DER EU POLITISCHE HÄFTLINGE IM HUNGERSTREIK GIBT

 

16 politische Vertreter und Sozialaktivisten der katalanischen Gesellschaft befinden sich seit über einem Jahr ohne ein ordentliches Rechtsverfahren in Untersuchungshaft oder im Zwangsexil, weil sie – so wie von der Bevölkerung gefordert und vom zuständigen Parlament genehmigt – eine Volksabstimmung über die Unabhängigkeit Kataloniens ermöglicht haben.

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Four political prisoners on hunger strike in Spain for 20 days

 

4 of these political prisoners went on a hunger strike over two weeks ago. They are on a hunger strike as the only possible way to protest within jail walls, to denounce the violation of human and civil rights in Spain.

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Un photojournaliste attaqué à Barcelone par un membre de la police secrète espagnole

Jordi Borrás est un antifasciste qui a écrit pour HOPE pas la haine. Son agresseur qui a fui, laissant derrière lui un couteau de chasse mortel, est un membre actif d'une unité de police secrète appelée "Brigade d'information". Bien que son identité soit connue de ses supérieurs, il n’a pas été inculpé et reste en service malgré le silence du ministre de l’Intérieur.

Par la fédération européenne des journalistes (18/7/18)

Les Fédérations Européenne et Internationale des Journalistes (FEJ/IFJ) se sont jointes à leurs affiliées espagnoles dans la condamnation de l'agression physique contre Jordi Borrás le 16 juillet dernier, après sa couverture d'un événement politique à Barcelone. Les deux fédérations exigent une enquête immédiate de l'agression et considèrent l'agresseur responsable.

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Photojournalist attacked in Barcelona by member of spanish secret police

Jordi Borrás is an anti-fascist who has written for HOPE not hate. His attacker who fled, leaving a lethal hunting knife behind, is a serving member of a secret police unit called the “Information Brigade”. Though his identity is known to his superiors, he has not been charged and remains on duty amid silence from the interior minister.

By European Federation of Journalists, 18/7/18

The European and International Federation of Journalists (EFJ/IFJ) joined their Spanish affiliates in condemning the physical attack against photojournalist Jordi Borrás on 16 July after his coverage of a political event in Barcelona. Both Federations demand an immediate investigation on the attack and hold the aggressor accountable.

 

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Spain drops warrant against Puigdemont

BBC News, 19/7/18

Spain's supreme court has withdrawn its European Arrest Warrants against former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and five of his aides who remain abroad.

A German court ruled earlier that Mr Puigdemont could not be extradited to face the Spanish charge of rebellion over Catalonia's push for independence.

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