Tag Archives: secession

Catalonia: Spanish occupation troops steal art work from museum

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Police in Spain’s Catalonia region are removing medieval artefacts on Madrid’s orders in an ownership battle with neighbouring Aragon. The operation, which started before dawn, involves 44 items stored in the Catalan Museum of Lleida but originally from Sijena monastery. Aragon claims they were sold illegally by the monastery’s nuns. The seizure comes as tension continues between Madrid and Catalonia over the region’s independence push.” (12/11/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42307201

Spain: Judge withdraws arrest warrant for exiled Catalan pols

Source: Houston Chronicle

“A Spanish judge on Tuesday withdrew the European arrest warrants for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four members of his former cabinet who have been fighting extradition from Belgium. A Supreme Court spokesman said that the five could still be arrested if they go back to Spain, however, because they are still being sought for crimes related to the independence bid in northeastern Catalonia. … Supreme Court magistrate Pablo Llarena said on Tuesday that individual European warrants don’t apply anymore because evidence has emerged that the alleged crimes were committed as part of a wider group. He also said that the probed politicians have shown their ‘intention to return to Spain’ in order to run for elections in Catalonia.” [editor’s note: Presumably they intend to return to Catalonia, not to Spain – TLK] (12/05/17)

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/crime/article/Spanish-judge-withdraws-arrest-warrant-for-12405979.php

Spain: Judge orders some Catalan political prisoners held, others freed on bail as elections near

Source: Yahoo! News

“Catalonia’s sacked vice president Oriol Junqueras and three other separatist leaders will remain in prison during a probe over their role in the region’s independence drive, a Spanish judge decided Monday, as critical Catalan elections approach. Six other former ministers who were also remanded in custody last month will be released on bail of 100,000 euros ($119,000) each as an investigation into charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds continues, the Madrid court said in a statement. The decision comes as axed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont attended an extradition hearing in Belgium, where he escaped to after his region’s parliament declared independence on October 27, claiming he would not get a fair trial at home.” (12/04/17)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/judge-refuses-free-four-catalan-leaders-elections-near-113155458.html

Spain: Judge sets bail for Catalan political prisoners

Source: Independent [UK]

“A Spanish Supreme Court judge has ordered the Catalan parliament speaker to be jailed pending her release on bail of €150,000 (£133,000), amid an investigation into her role in Catalonia’s banned push for independence, a court source said. The speaker, Carme Forcadell, will be held in custody until she pays the bail, the source said. Ms Forcadell and five regional lawmakers testified on charges of sedition, rebellion and misuse of public funds. Four other officials would also be released on €25,000 bail, while a fifth would be freed on certain conditions without bail, the source said.” (11/09/17)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/catalonia-latest-spain-leaders-jailed-rebellion-sedition-over-independence-a8046961.html

Catalonia: Strike severs road links; Spanish court claims to have “annulled” declaration of independence

Source: Reuters

“A general strike called by pro-independence campaigners in Catalonia closed shops and severed transport links on Wednesday, as the region’s deposed leader lost political momentum after failing to seal an electoral pact with another party. … Reuters saw hundreds of strikers gathered in Barcelona’s main Sant Jaume square to protest the imprisonment of politicians, chanting the name of ex [sic]-leader Carles Puigdemont and referring to him as ‘our president.’ But he faces an uphill task to maintain influence after he missed a deadline of midnight on Tuesday to agree a pro-secessionist pact for a regional election with his former [sic] vice president Oriol Junqueras. The central government in Madrid called the election for Dec. 21 after last month assuming control of Catalonia following its parliament’s unilateral independence declaration. Spain’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday officially [claimed to have] annulled the declaration, which it had [claimed to have] suspended, a widely expected ruling.” (11/08/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-spain-politics-catalonia/catalan-strike-severs-road-links-as-secessionist-leader-regroups-idUSKBN1D81HS

Secession — not military intervention — can help Venezuela

Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jose Nino

“Not too long ago, US President Donald Trump made headlines by suggesting a potential military option in Venezuela in the face of the country’s rapidly decaying political situation. It’s undeniable that Venezuela is suffering a humanitarian and economic crisis of unprecedented proportions all thanks to the socialist policies that the country has experimented with over the past two decades. But a military intervention in Venezuela is likely to be costly and damaging to Americans, while disastrous for Venezuelans. … If the Us were to have any diplomatic role in how Venezuela transitions out of its current tyrannical regime, It should pledge to recognize and engage in unilateral free trade with any breakaway regions of Venezuela that seek to escape the current regime.” (11/07/17)

https://mises.org/wire/secession-%E2%80%94-not-military-intervention-%E2%80%94-can-help-venezuela

Belgium: Puigdemont freed as court mulls Spanish regime’s arrest demand

Source: Bloomberg

“Ousted [sic] Catalan president Carles Puigdemont was released after less than a day in custody as a court in Brussels considers how to respond to a Spanish demand for his arrest. Puigdemont and four former members of his government are barred from leaving Belgium without the court’s consent and must comply with all summons made by judicial or police authorities, the Brussels prosecutor’s office said in a statement early Monday. Puigdemont and the other separatists had turned themselves in to police on Sunday morning. … The Belgian judge’s decision leaves Puigdemont free for now to continue to challenge [Spanish prime minister Mariono] Rajoy, who called regional elections for Dec. 21 in a bid to draw a line under the secessionist challenge.” (11/06/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-06/catalan-leaders-set-free-pending-belgian-ruling-on-warrant

Spain: Regime issues European arrest warrant for president of Catalonia

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“A Spanish judge has issued an international arrest warrant for Catalonia’s ousted [sic] president a day after she jailed eight members of the region’s separatist government pending possible charges over last week’s declaration of independence. In the latest twist in Spain’s worst political crisis in four decades, a national court judge on Friday issued a European arrest warrant for Carles Puigdemont in response to a request from state prosecutors. Puigdemont flew to Brussels earlier this week with a handful of his deposed [sic] ministers after Spanish authorities [claimed to have] removed him and his cabinet from office for pushing ahead with the declaration despite repeated warnings that it was illegal.” [editor’s note: Since Catalonia is not an EU or Interpol member state yet, are European arrest warrants for Catalonian citizens valid? – TLK] (11/03/17)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/03/european-arrest-warrant-issued-for-ex-catalan-leader-carles-puigdemont

Catalonia and common sense

Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“[W]e need to come to grips with a sad but true fact. This sad but true fact is that the reasons for which libertarians are enthusiastic about secession are not necessarily the reasons why people support it. … In this political conflict, overarching ideological buzzwords are being generously and emphatically used on both sides, but people are driven by quite different reasons. It may well be that you have always disliked your neighbour, and now you got a chance to take at him, because he belongs to a different ethnic/religious/political group than yours. The more we move away from a peaceful debate over independence to something that resembles civil war (which I hope it is not going to happen), these motivations are going to play a bigger and bigger part. People are not very likely to risk their life and their property for a reward so vague to them as Catalonia being independent: but they might to grab someone else’s property, or to take vengeance against what they consider unjustly privileged classes, or just to get rid of people they deem inferior or hostile.” (11/03/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/11/catalonia_and_c.html

Spain: Court orders Catalan cabinet members held as political prisoners

Source: Washington Post

“Hours after a judge sent eight former Catalan Cabinet members to jail without bail and ordered another to be held pending a bail payment, the suspects have been taken from a Madrid court in police vans with sirens wailing. The seven men and two women were reportedly being distributed among prisons in the Madrid area. Investigative Magistrate Carmen Lamela’s ruling Thursday granted the request of prosecutors after the nine were questioned at the National Court in Madrid. Under Spain’s legal system, investigating judges can order the detention of suspects while a comprehensive probe, sometimes taking months, determines if charges should be brought.” (11/02/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/the-latest-lawyer-says-catalan-leader-wouldnt-fight-arrest/2017/11/02/644b12fa-bff4-11e7-9294-705f80164f6e_story.html