Tag Archives: secession

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)


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)


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)


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)


Kurdistan: Invading Iraqi forces gain first foothold at frontier with Turkey

Source: Reuters

“Iraqi troops deployed on Tuesday at one of the main land crossings with Turkey, gaining a foothold at the Kurdish-held frontier for the first time in decades and imposing one of Baghdad’s central demands on the Kurds. Iraq’s [sic] entire land border with Turkey is located inside the Kurdish autonomous region, and has been controlled by the Kurds since before the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. But since the Kurds staged a referendum on independence last month that Baghdad considers illegal, the central government has demanded a presence at all border crossing points.” (10/31/17)


Catalan secession leaders, facing rebellion charges, flee to Belgium

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Catalonia’s ousted president and several members of his deposed cabinet fled to Belgium hours before Spain’s attorney general asked for charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds to be brought against them over their decision to declare independence last week. … On Tuesday morning, a Belgian lawyer acting for the sacked leader said he would give a news conference at 12.30pm (11.30am GMT). Paul Bekaert told Reuters Puigdemont was considering seeking asylum but it was not certain. ‘We have not yet decided yet. We have a lot of time to decide,’ he said. ‘We will see in the coming weeks what we are doing.’ There was also speculation that the Catalans could be intending to set up a government in exile.” (10/31/17)


Catalonia: Nazi-saluting fascists chant “Viva Franco,” clash with police during anti-secession protest

Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“Violence has broken out on the streets of Barcelona as Nazi-saluting fascists draped in Spanish flags clashed with Catalan police wielding batons. Spanish officials organised a unionist march through central Barcelona today in which they claimed more than a million people took part to resoundingly reject Catalonia’s declaration of independence. During the protests in Barcelona, men can be seen lashing out at line of police officers and a second video from Madrid shows dozens of protesters gathered in a group and making Nazi salutes. The crowds chanted that Carles Puigdemont, the sacked Catalan leader, should be sent to prison for declaring independence. Other videos show gangs chanting ‘Viva Franco’ — a nod to Spain’s former dictator General Francisco Franco.” (10/29/17)


Protesting votes

Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“Of all the stupid things to come from the modern left (as opposed to libertarians, the true left), this recent trend of opposing a vote by protesting it and not voting at all may be the most stupid. Congratulations to Catalonia for its declaration of independence (given the foundation of the United States, if you request international assistance, the U.S. should have your backs). We won’t, because we’re too busy fighting in countries like Niger without any declaration of war while simultaneously starting fights with Syria, Russia, North Korea, and Iran, and because, despite living in a country that was literally founded by a declaration of independence, many Americans seem to think that ‘declaring independence’ is a right that no longer exists.” (10/27/17)


Catalonia: Spanish regime attempts to seize control after declaration of independence

Source: Chicago Tribune

“Catalonia’s ousted separatist president on Saturday called on Catalans to peacefully oppose Spain’s imposition of direct rule in the region, in a veiled refusal to accept his Cabinet’s dismissal as ordered by central authorities. Spain took formal direct control of Catalonia on Saturday, dismissing the region’s defiant separatist government, including Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, a day after lawmakers passed a declaration of independence for the prosperous northeastern region. … In a pre-recorded televised statement, Puigdemont said only the regional parliament can elect or dismiss the Catalan government, vowing to ‘continue working to build a free country.'” (10/28/17)


Showdown between Spain and Catalonia headed to crunch

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“The standoff between Spain and Catalonia over the wealthy region’s bid to secede went down to the wire Thursday, as the Spanish government prepared to strip away Catalan regional powers after its separatist leader scrapped hopes of early elections that might have ended the country’s worst political crisis in decades. After weeks of mounting antagonism, Catalan officials had initially indicated regional President Carles Puigdemont was preparing to announce a snap election for December — a vote that had been the Spanish government’s idea as a way of ending the deadlock. But as news of Puigdemont’s plan spread, angry student demonstrators waving separatist flags and calling him a traitor marched to the gates of the government palace in Barcelona. Even some of Puigdemont’s political allies called him a coward for not unilaterally declaring independence in the face of Spain’s resistance. Then, in a hastily called address, Puigdemont said he had decided not to call a vote because the Spanish government did not provide enough assurance that it would suspend what he termed its ‘abusive’ measures to assume control of Catalonia.” (10/26/17)