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Spain's supreme court has withdrawn its European Arrest Warrants against former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and five of his aides who remain abroad.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

BBC News. 15/7/18


Reuters

Some 1,000 people are protesting at the tomb of former Spanish dictator Gen Francisco Franco against plans to move his body, reports say.

A far right group had called for a "pilgrimage" to the controversial Valley of the Fallen monument near Madrid.

 

 

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Numbers of the repression

Numbers of repression

Plan to Exhume Franco Renews Spain’s Wrestle With History

By Raphael Minder - New York Times
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After celebrating Mass last month, congregants here at the Valle de los Caídos basilica walked to the back of the altar to pay homage to Francisco Franco, the Spanish dictator who is buried here.

They stood in silence before the tomb. A handful made a fascist salute. Some bent down to touch the stone slab, which is engraved with Franco’s name and was covered with two bouquets of flowers. One person tried to take a photograph — only to be told off by a security guard.

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Valtonyc speaks out for freedom and fundamental rights with a version of the anti-fascist anthem Bella Ciao

Valtonyc has released a version of Bella Ciao today from exile along with the group of international artists Alegria e Libertà. The artist has spread this antifascist and social struggle hymn of the late 19th century through its twitter 'for the freedom and rights of everybody'.

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A site aims to identify homes with symbols in support to political prisoners

A new website (buscandolazos.com) appeared on June 2018 to aim individuals to report homes displaying symbols like the Yellow Ribbon in support to Catalan political prisoners. From this website you get all the reported addresses positioned on an interactive map. 

The website claims "You inform. Others will remove them". 

As result, this website is promoting attacks to homes and public places in Catalonia where any symbol that does not like to the Spanish unionism is displayed.

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Report to UN Human Rights Committee

Catalan Association for Civil Rights (ACDC) was at UN Human Rights Committee to report the lack of judicial independence and the repression agains political and civil catalan leaders. The representative stated that "the actions of the Spanish judges do not comply with the principles of judicial independence and minimum rules of the General Assembly of the United Nations".

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Self-determination and Catalonia

By Alfred de Zaya
Independent Expert of the United Nations on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order (2012-18)

RECOMMENDED APPLICATION OF THE “PRACTICAL NOTES FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF ACTIVITIES AND ALLEGATIONS

RELATED TO THE PEACEFUL AND DEMOCRATIC EXERCISE OF THE RIGHT OF SELF-DETERMINATION OF PEOPLES “

IN RELATION TO THE CATALAN PEOPLE

The change of government in Madrid gives hope that negotiations in good faith may now be possible with the government of the Generalitat of Catalonia.  A modicum of historical knowledge should help outsiders understand that Catalonia has its own distinct culture and traditions and that the only way forward is through a new referendum.  The legal aspects of the issue are explained in the memorandum below.

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Meet the 9 political prisoners