Spain: trial of Catalonian leaders imperils human rights

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The Guardian

Spanish parties enlist support of far-right Vox to control Madrid

Madrid’s city council has swung sharply to the right after the conservative People’s party (PP) and the centre-right Citizens party enlisted the controversial support of the far-right Vox to take …

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Politico

Catalan ex-leader Puigdemont denied access to European Parliament

Former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont complained he was barred from entering the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday, following his election as an MEP last weekend.

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Reuters

Spain told by U.N. body to free jailed Catalan separatists

Spain must release three jailed Catalan separatist leaders denied bail while facing trial for their role in the region’s failed bid for independence in 2017, a United Nations expert group …

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Vilaweb

Spanish parliament bureau suspends elected Catalan political prisoners

The legal quandry over whether to suspend the new Catalan MPs who are being tried in the Supreme Court over the independence bid resolved on Friday after the bureau of …

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Jacobin

What the Show Trials Show

The sedition charges against Catalan independence activists mark a shameful moment for Spanish democracy. Franco’s regime is long gone, but the state machine he created has not been fully broken.

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The National

150 academics sign open letter criticising repression of rights in Spain

Quoting the Council of Europe‘s Declaration on Higher Education and Democratic Culture: Citizenship, Human Rights and Civic Responsibility (Strasbourg 2006)…

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Vilaweb

The demographic ‘tic toc’ and Catalonia’s independence

A year ago, José Luís Álvarez wrote in El País about Catalonia’s demographic tic-toc (‘tic-tac demográfico’). According to Álvarez, Jordi Pujol had designed a social engineering strategy to make indepenence …

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Narratively

Rapper on the Run

When Spanish authorities sentenced this provocative musician to prison for “glorifying terrorism,” his dedicated fans helped him make a daring escape across the border.

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Vilaweb

Barcelona Chamber of Commerce goes pro-independence

A pro-independence grouping has won the election for the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, causing something of a stir in business and political circles in Catalonia. Candidates for the pro-independence Catalan National Assembly …

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Washington Post

The Catalan independence movement is not behind the rise of Spain’s far right

The Spanish extreme right is fueled by a fear of true democracy, of diversity, of equal opportunities and women’s rights. They have used fear and hate as their main tools …

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