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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January 11, 2019
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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

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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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.

Do you stand for human rights? 


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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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Spain far right protest against moving Franco's remains

BBC News. 15/7/18


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

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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