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
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.
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".Read more
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.Read more