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
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.
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.Read more
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.
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.
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.
By Raphael Minder - New York Times
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.Read more
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'.Read more