Jailed Catalan Leader Jordi Cuixart Calls on the Catalans to Vote en Masse in the February 14th Elections


The fight for Catalonian independence goes on against the Spanish Government’s attempts to thwart the Catalonia independence movement.

Josep Goded

The President of the Catalan cultural and civil organization Òmnium Cultural, Jordi Cuixart, calls on the Catalans to “fill the ballot boxes” with pro-independence votes in the February 14th elections in response to the ongoing Spanish “state operation” against the pro-independence movement.

Jordi Cuixart affirms that the political prisoners are not “the visualization of any defeat but a further step towards victory” and also recalls that exiles continue fighting “to defend the ideals” that forced them to leave Catalonia.

“We will continue to defend the right to self-determination and the right to live in a Catalan republic of free citizens,” Cuixart says, adding that “enough is enough” in reference to political courts. “The solution to the repression will come neither from pardons nor from reforms of the penal code. We demand amnesty: there are more than 2,850 being repressed. We will not abandon anyone,” Cuixart insists.

Cuixart also calls…

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The EU Parliament’s Procedure to Decide on the Immunity of Catalan MEPs Carles Puigdemont, Clara Ponsatí and Toni Comín to Begin Tomorrow Monday


I do hope that the EU Parliament come down on the side of Catalan leaders Puigdemont, Ponsatí and Comín, rather than the Spanish authorities.

For the leaders Puigdemont, Ponsatí and Comín were following their convictions and the wishes of the Catalonian population in the 2017 independence referendum.

For, if, the results of any referendum are not abided by, then what is the point of having a referendum.

However, the EU and some countries within the EU are not good in progressing the views of referendums, has can be seen with the UK Brexit referendum of 2016 and previously referendums in Ireland in 2001 and 2008, Greece in 2019 and France and The Netherlands in 2005, .

Lets hope on this occasion the views of the Catalonian population will be upheld.

Josep Goded

Tomorrow Monday, November 16th, the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs will start discussing whether to lift the immunity of Catalan leaders Puigdemont, Ponsatí and Comín. This comes at the request of Spanish authorities, who have openly expressed their desire to have them extradited in order to jail them for their roles in the 2017 independence referendum, even though Belgian justice recently rejected the extradition of exiled Catalan leader Lluís Puig arguing that the Supreme Court did not have the authority to issue a European arrest warrant against him.

The ultra-conservative Bulgarian MEP Angel Dzhambazki will be the head of the committee and will present the case, which will then be discussed by the rest of MEPs on the committee.

Monday’s session will be held virtually due to Covid-19 restrictions. Puigdemont, Comín and Ponsatí will be summoned for a hearing at a later date. The debate on their immunity is…

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The EU Parliament Decision to Recognize Jailed and Exiled Catalan Leaders, Junqueras, Puigdemont and Comín, Causes Political Turmoil


While I believe that Catalonia should gain independence, if that is really what they wish for and therefore the leaders who pushed for that should not be hunted and then go through the Spanish legal system. Therefore I agree with the EU and feel it is correct that they have the right to be MEPsand be allowed to fulfil their roles.

However, this does conflict with the Spanish Constitution and their legal process, but this again is in conflict with the way the EU is proceeding.

For it is my belief that the EU commissioners wish to gain overall control of most of the governing powers of the member countries of the EU.

So, therefore I also have a conflict as I believe the EU should not be taking these powers and is one of the reasons that I feel the UK took the route of Brexit.

It is, therefore that if Spain wishes to be within the EU, then they need to retreat from their current stance on Catalonia, release all the former Catalonian leader whom they have imprisoned and remove all charges and controls on those former leaders they have not been able to arrest.

To not do so. should mean that Spain itself, needs to Spexit, otherwise there will and is Conflicts of Interest, in that they abide by EU processes when they wish to and not when they wish to, which in effect means they are totally committed to the EU and could mean other countries are not also, thereby making a mockery of the EU and shows that in reality it should not exist.

But then again, Politics is a very dirty game.

Josep Goded

On Monday, the news that the exiled and jailed Catalan leaders Carles Puigdemont, Toni Comín and Oriol Junqueras will be allowed to take up their seats as Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) caused immediate political turmoil in Spain. The European Parliament officially announced that it will recognize the Catalan leaders as MEPs through a communique during the morning. This decision came after the European Court of Justice ruled on December 19 that the Catalans leaders have immunity.

While Catalan authorities celebrated the EU Parliament decision, the Spanish far-right and the right-wing, which had been attempting to prevent them from becoming MEPs, accused the EU Parliament of violating Spanish sovereignty and suggested that there had been an under the table agreement between the EU authorities and pro-independence forces, though no evidence was presented.

Regarding Spain’s Electoral Authority’s decision on barring Catalan President Torra from office and to veto Junqueras…

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EU top court rules Catalan separatist Junqueras was MEP with immunity when jailed in Spain | Euronews


The pro-independence Esquerra Republicana party, which Oriol Junqueras leads, called for his “immediate release” from jailed.

Source: EU top court rules Catalan separatist Junqueras was MEP with immunity when jailed in Spain | Euronews

Police Acquire New anti-Riot Equipment for this Autumn’s Demonstrations


The rights to free speech, demonstrate and generally oppose authority appear to be being withdrawn in Spain, how many more freedoms will be withdrawn in time.

Josep Goded

The Mossos (Catalan police) have acquired new anti-riot equipment to use in the demonstrations which are expected in the aftermath of the announcement of the Independence Trial verdict in October.

New Equipment 

– Pepper Spray: It has never been used by Mossos. It is directly thrown into the eyes of the demonstrators, causing a strong burning feeling. Although Mossos affirms that this doesn’t cause injuries at all, several human rights organizations have pointed out that it can actually provoke serious permanent injuries, especially for those who suffer from illnesses such as asthma.

– Anti-Riot Police Fences: They are used to separate demonstrators from anti-riot police officers. The fences are 150cm high and have a platform which makes it hard for protesters to get up and jump over them. They also have doors from which anti-riot police officers can enter and leave.

– Anti-Riot Nets: These nets are reinforced…

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Watch again: Catalonia’s National Day kicks off despite divisions between independentist parties | Euronews


The overarching objective is always independence, but this year’s Catalonia’s annual commemorative day reflected the internal divisions between the different regional independent parties at odds with Madrid.

The Diada, or national day of Catalonia, has been celebrated every September 11 since 1886 – and since 2012 has been marked by calls for independence.

The day was still marked by a push for independence backed by the current government with a protest around 16h CEST marking the day that Barcelona surrendered to King Philip V of Bourbon, after 13 months of resisting the siege of his troops in 1714.

The majority of protesters congregated in Plaza de España, in the centre of Barcelona, which the protest organisers want to make the centre of “strategic unity to achieve the common goal of independence.”

But participation was lower than in recent years, in part due to the strong independence pressure that has seriously shaken Catalan and Spanish society.

Local police in Barcelona said 600,000 people participated in the demonstration down from one million last year.

 

Source: Watch again: Catalonia’s National Day kicks off despite divisions between independentist parties | Euronews

Catalan Independence Trial: Summary Most Important Testimonies May 22 and 23 – Josep Goded


May 22, Day 45 of Trial 

Wednesday’s session started with the testimonies of Catalan government officials and ended with the beginning of the “expert phase.”

– Jordi Martínez Soler, a social media advisor for the Parliament, explained that he managed Forcadell’s social media accounts in Autumn 2017 and explained the content of the tweets he tweeted during that time.

– Ricard Gené, who was part of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC)’s secretariat at the same time as Carme Forcadell, explained that the role of Forcadell, currently accused of rebellion, was as a ”representative and not an executive.”

“Forcadell was not involved in elaborating the ANC’s roadmap,” he said.

– Rosa Maria Sans, who is the head of management of the use of government facilities and equipment by non-profit organizations at the Catalan Department of Labour, Social Affairs and Families, explained how was his work during the 2017 Autumn.

 

Source: Catalan Independence Trial: Summary Most Important Testimonies May 22 and 23 – Josep Goded

Spanish first as jailed Catalan leaders sworn-in at parliament | Euronews


It is believed to be the first time that elected, imprisoned individuals have been allowed into the assembly.

Oriol Junqueras, Catalonia’s regional vice president, and fellow separatists Josep Rull, Jordi Turull and Jordi Sànchez won seats during Spain’s April 2019 general election. Raül Romeva, meanwhile, won a seat in Spain’s senate.

They are currently being held in prison, awaiting trial on rebellion, sedition and embezzlement charges. It is linked to their role in the 2017 Catalan independence referendum, which Madrid later declared illegal.

On Monday, they were escorted to parliament to collect credentials. Their trial has been put on hold but is expected to resume on Wednesday.

However, despite their election success, there is doubt over whether the politicians will be able to take part in debates.

Under Parliamentary rules, any member placed in temporary detention is automatically suspended.

Junqueras took to Twitter to thank his supporters and voters as he took his seat: ”A million thank yous”, he wrote.

 

Source: Spanish first as jailed Catalan leaders sworn-in at parliament | Euronews

Jailed Catalan leaders ease position on post-election coalition talks – Reuters


Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is forecast to win the most seats in the vote, but could need Catalan separatists’ backing to form a government. A unionist, rightist coalition winning a majority is another possible scenario.

The Catalan leaders’ call, made in a letter in Saturday’s edition of La Vanguardia newspaper, said separatists should enter talks with potential coaltion partners as long as they refused to rule out an independence referendum as a “possible solution” for the region.

That marked a softening of their previous stance and raises the possibility of compromise on an issue that has vexed past coalition talks.

 

Source: Jailed Catalan leaders ease position on post-election coalition talks – Reuters

Police Raid Catalan Schools to Remove Yellow Coloured Items


This again is very disturbing, especially for a so called, democratic country.

Where is free speech, or has Spain transformed into a Dictatorship authority, or was it always so?

My heart goes out to all in Catalonia. hopefully they have the full support of the ‘Free World’.

I wish them every encouragement to overcome the Spanish authorities and become Independent and govern themselves in their own right.

This is a form of terrorism from the Spanish Authorities.

Long Live Catalonia and its People.

Support them against the Aggression from Spain.

Josep Goded

On Friday, agents of the Mossos (Catalan police) entered several Catalan schools and ministries across the country to remove yellow ribbons and anything else coloured yellow, including drawings of vegetables and tractors issued by the Agriculture Ministry. On Thursday Spain’s Electoral Board had ordered the Catalan police to remove “yellow symbols” from public facilities, arguing that these are political and partisan symbols. This decision and the police operation, which attempts against the freedom of opinion and expression of the Catalans, caused widespread indignation across the country; they believe the Spanish State is using any and all means at its disposal (whether legitimate or illegitimate; legal or illegal) to impose direct rule over Catalonia with the aim of stamping out independentism.

The order of the Spanish Electoral Board urged the agents to wait for half an hour so that the people in charge of the buildings could remove the items themselves, but if not, the agents were ordered to do so. Catalan Minister for Home Affairs Buch announced on Friday…

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