Tag Archives: secession

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

Spain: Prosecutors ask judge to have Catalan officials held prisoner

Source: Independent [Ireland]

“Spain’s National Court has been questioning ousted Catalan government members in an investigation into possible rebellion charges for having declared the region’s independence. A parallel Supreme Court session for six Catalan lawmakers was postponed for a week. Prosecutors called on the National Court in Madrid to jail all nine former members of the Catalan government who appeared for questioning. The request was for unconditional jail for eight of the politicians, while bail could be set for the remaining one. It was not immediately clear how the judge would rule on the request.” (11/02/17)

https://www.independent.ie/world-news/jail-threat-for-catalan-politicians-quizzed-in-court-over-push-for-independence-36283150.html

Lawyer: Catalonia’s president in exile won’t go to invaders’ court

Source: Washington Post

“Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont will not return to Spain for questioning this week by a National Court judge investigating him for possible rebellion charges, his Belgian lawyer said Wednesday, suggesting that he could be questioned in Belgium instead. The fired Catalan regional government leader flew to Brussels after the Spanish government used special constitutional powers to take control of Catalan affairs Saturday and fired his government. Spain took over running the northeastern region after Catalan lawmakers voted the previous day to secede in Spain’s most serious political crisis in decades. Puigdemont and his 13 former Catalan Cabinet members have been summoned for questioning in Madrid on Thursday and Friday. All 14 faced possible charges of rebellion, sedition and embezzlement for driving the secessionist bid to a full declaration of independence for the prosperous region that includes Barcelona.” (11/01/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/ousted-catalan-leader-has-summons-for-questioning-thursday/2017/11/01/c07df02a-bee5-11e7-9294-705f80164f6e_story.html

Spain: Court “summons,” demands bribe from, president of occupied Catalonia

Source: Straits Times [Singapore]

“Spain’s top criminal court said on Tuesday (Oct 31) it had summoned Catalonia’s deposed leader Carles Puigdemont and 13 other former members of his government to be put under official investigation over the region’s separatist drive. The National Audience summoned the 14 to appear in court in Madrid on Thursday and Friday and gave them three days to pay a combined deposit against potential penalties of 6.2 million euros (S$9.8 million). Puigdemont and several of his former ministers travelled to Belgium after they were dismissed [sic] by Madrid on Friday as the [Spanish] government [invaded] the semi-autonomous region whose parliament had just declared unilateral independence.” (10/31/17)

http://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/court-in-spain-summons-deposed-catalan-leader-carles-puigdemont-to-charge-him

Kurdistan, Catalonia and the Iran deal: The perils of overreach

Source: Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“In just the past few weeks, two examples emerged to demonstrate the harmful consequences when political leaders overplay their hand and provoke harsh responses. One occurred in Iraqi Kurdistan, the other in Spain’s Catalonia region. Both entities now teeter on the brink of calamity. There also are pertinent lessons from those episodes for U.S. policymakers.” [editor’s note: Also, that woman in the short skirt “provoked” her rapist … – TLK] (10/30/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/kurdistan-catalonia-iran-deal-perils-overreach