Belgian criticism of arresting Catalan politicians


This 20 September 2017 video is called Angry protests in Barcelona as Spain rounds up Catalan officials.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

There is growing criticism in Belgium about the arrest warrant for the deposed Catalan government president Puigdemont. The Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon said to VTM News that Madrid has gone too far. “When will Europe anything at last?” He said. “Beating up peaceful people and jailing government ministers. I’m asking questions.” …

Former Belgian Prime Minister and Socialist Party leader Di Rupo calls it on Twitter shocking to put Puigdemont in a cell. According to him, Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy behaves like an “authoritarian Franco follower“, referring to Spanish ex-dictator Francisco Franco.

Carles Puigdemont bailed pending Brussels ruling. Ousted president of Catalonia and four former ministers await decision on extradition to Spain after 10-hour hearing: here.

Bitter conflicts erupted inside the European Union (EU) this weekend over Spain’s suspension of the elected government of Catalonia after the October 1 Catalan independence referendum and the flight of deposed Catalan premier Carles Puigdemont to Brussels. As Madrid escalates its repression in Catalonia after General Fernando Alejandre threatened the region with military intervention, a historic political crisis is shaking the EU to its foundations: here.

Campaigning has begun in the Catalan regional elections scheduled for December 21. The elections are a travesty of democracy, proceeding in the shadow of the repression instigated by Spain’s Popular Party (PP) government: here.

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  2. Meanwhile the small pro-independence Intersindical CSC union federation staged a strike and roadblocks — ostensibly over labour rights but coinciding with protests for independence campaigners Jordi Cuixart ands Jordi Sanchez.

    Spain’s Constitutional Court unsurprisingly ruled yesterday that the now-dissolved Catalan parliament’s declaration of independence was invalid.

    Nine regional ministers including vice-president Oriol Junqueras were remanded last week on charges of rebellion and misuse of public funds for the referendum.

    Sacked president Carles Puigdemont’s lawyer Alonso Cuevillas has alleged some were badly mistreated after they were arrested on Thursday, including two being strip searched on Saturday.

    Relatives of one said that when they were moved in a prison van “it was quite brutal because they handcuffed them from behind and there was no seatbelt. The van was going very fast, so they were very bruised by the time they got to the jail.”

    Guards played the Spanish national anthem on a loop and a video posted online showed national police insulting the men and making homophobic comments as they arrived in court.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-a5c9-Catalan-separatists-on-strike-as-Madrid-signals-concession#.WgQwpDuDMdU

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  3. Ceferino Alonso of the Communists of Catalonia apologised for the absence of his party’s general secretary. He faces charges in Madrid of threatening the integrity of the Spanish state and fomenting rebellion. Although the Catalan communists prefer a federal solution to the national question rather than Catalan separation, they also uphold the right of Catalonia to decide its own future.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-79c2-Workers-parties-mark-the-historic-1917-Revolution#.WhBc_rCDMdU

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