Tag Archives: Spain

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

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)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/30/spanish-prosecutor-calls-for-rebellion-charges-against-catalan-leaders

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)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5028507/Sacked-Catalan-leader-remain-president.html

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)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/10/27/protesting-votes/#comment-579