Tag Archives: secession

Spain: Regime tries again, fails again to have Puigdemont abducted

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Catalonia’s former [sic] leader [sic] Carles Puigdemont has travelled to Denmark, triggering a failed attempt by Spain’s prosecutor to have him arrested. Mr Puigdemont’s trip to Copenhagen is thought to be the first time he has left Belgium for about 80 days. He fled there in October, after a failed independence bid was ruled illegal by the Spanish authorities. Despite the controversy, the speaker of the Catalan parliament nominated him to head the regional government on Monday. Mr Puigdemont is wanted in Spain accused of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds. The charges carry a potential prison sentence of up to 30 years. Spain’s Supreme Court dropped an arrest warrant in December but the prosecutor applied for it to be reissued on Monday. However, the Supreme Court later refused that request.” (01/22/18)


New California declares independence in bid to become 51st state

Source: USA Today

“The founders of New California took an early step toward statehood Monday with the reading of their own Declaration of Independence from California, a state they describe as ‘ungovernable.’ Their solution: Take over most of current-day California — including many rural counties — and leave the coastal urban areas to themselves. … Claiming the authority of Article 4, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, the aspiring 51st state plans to convince California’s legislature to split the state before submitting the resolution to Congress.” (01/16/18)


In Catalonia, let seceders secede and remainers remain

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Przemyslaw Hankus

“The debate on whether Catalonia should or should not secede from Spain has raised the recurrent and demanding question for libertarians: is it ‘libertarian’ to support this particular secessionist process, knowing that the group wanting to secede does not necessarily seek to build a free market and libertarian paradise in the north-eastern part of the Peninsula? Furthermore, is supporting the right of self-determination disrespectful for those who do not want to leave Spain, but live in Catalonia? Is there any ‘libertarian’ solution to this Catalan puzzle? I will show that there is one called ‘enclavization.'” (01/02/18)


Spain: Rajoy rejects call for talks with Puigdemont

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has rebuffed calls by Catalonia’s ousted [sic] leader, Carles Puigdemont, to meet for new talks outside the country. Mr Rajoy said he would negotiate with whoever became the new head of the Catalan government but they would have to take up their post in Catalonia. Mr Puigdemont earlier called for talks to take place in Brussels, where he is living in self-imposed exile. Separatist parties won a majority in a Thursday’s snap regional election. … The Spanish government imposed direct rule on Catalonia and called the election after declaring an October independence referendum illegal.” (12/22/17)


Catalonia: Separatists win back majority in parliament, frustrating Spanish occupiers

Source: Politico

“Catalan separatists won an absolute majority in the regional parliament in Thursday’s election, crushing Madrid’s hopes of halting the push for independence. The result will be a blow to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s hopes that the ballot would set the region on a path to normality after the chaos that followed a referendum and unilateral declaration of independence in October. … The separatists managed to retain the majority of seats that they won in the last regional vote two years ago despite the fact that their top leaders have been jailed or have taken refuge abroad.” (12/21/17)


Spain: Regime whiners complain about Assange putting spotlight on Catalonia oppression

Source: Sky News [UK]

“WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been told to keep out of Catalonia’s separatist crisis. Mr Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, has angered Spain’s government by using his Twitter account to post messages of support for Catalan independence and accuse Madrid of ‘repression.’ Spanish foreign minister Alfonso Dastis has said there were signs that Mr Assange was attempting to ‘interfere and manipulate,’ following him meeting with a prominent Catalan pro-independence figure. … Ecuador’s foreign ministry revealed last month that it had told Mr Assange to avoid making statements ‘that could affect Ecuador’s international relations’ with Spain and other countries.” (12/17/17)


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)


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)


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)


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)