Tag Archives: Spain

Socialism: Iran’s weapon against the west?

Source: Acton Institute
by Angel Manuel Garcia Carmona

“As 2017 ended, the Iranian people surprised the world by protesting against their nation’s theocratic system — including the Ayatollah — over rising prices, political corruption, and the lack of civil liberties. At least 21 people have been killed, and the head of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court has threatened protesters with the death penalty. The Iranian regime killed protesters in the streets, shortly after Venezuela’s repressive socialist government killed protesters in its own nation. However, disturbing reports indicate that one of Spain’s main political parties may be funded by both totalitarian regimes — because Iran believes socialism undermines the West.” (01/04/18)


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)


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)