Spanish police arrests Catalan football fans for yellow shirts

This 22 April 2018 video is called Pro-Catalan Supporters Targeted By Spanish Police.

Sometimes, police arrest football fans for hooliganism. But in this case, the arrests were for wearing yellow shirts; seen as a protest against making Catalans political prisoners.

This was at the King’s Cup match in Madrid yesterday. FC Barcelona from Catalonia won the cup by beating Sevilla 5 to 0.

From AFP news agency today:

Spanish authorities under fire over cup final yellow ban

Spanish authorities are facing a backlash after Barcelona supporters were forced to ditch yellow T-shirts ahead of the club’s Spanish Cup final victory over Sevilla.

Several television stations showed pictures of police forcing Barça fans to discard their yellow T-shirts before entering the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid ahead of the 5-0 thrashing of Sevilla that earned the Catalan club a 30th Copa del Rey victory.

Many Catalans — including Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola whose ribbon has resulted in a fine by English football authorities — have been donning yellow to show support for nine Catalan independence leaders held in prison near Madrid over “rebellion”.

They face up to 30 years in jail if convicted of that charge. …

Barça have often played a significant role in the Catalan independence movement supported by many of their fans. The club is seen by many as a bastion of resistance against Madrid domination, not just on the football field but in political halls too.

Barça centre-back Gerard Pique has been jeered many times by Spain fans while wearing the national team jersey over his open support for a referendum on Catalan independence.

Saturday’s measures sparked anger in Catalonia.

“Inexplicable. We’re a club that defends freedom of expression”, said Barça chairman Josep Maria Bartomeu after the game, adding that he would demand an explanation from the Spanish Football Federation.

“If now, a simple colour is an offence to the State, where are we going?” former Catalonia president Carles Puigdemont tweeted from Germany where he is in self-imposed exile to avoid a Spanish arrest warrant.

“Banning yellow in a football stadium is absurd and ridiculous, and an unacceptable attack on freedom of expression”, said pro-Catalan independence association Omnium Cultural.

Social media users reacted with irony, asking if the match officials for the cup final would also have their jerseys taken from them as they were wearing yellow.

Some Barcelona fans jeered the Spanish national anthem and the watching King Felipe VI ahead of Saturday’s match.

A goal from Argentine superstar Lionel Messi and two from Uruguay international forward Luis Suarez helped Barça cruise to victory.

Free speech in the USA, goodbye?

This video from the USA says about itself:

Republican Anti-Protester Laws Killing Free Speech

Republicans have a lot of fascist tendencies. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

“More than 20 states have proposed bills that would crack down on protests and demonstrations since Donald Trump was elected, in a move that UN experts have branded “incompatible with US obligations under international human rights law”.

The proposed laws would variously increase the penalties for protesting in large groups, ban protesters from wearing masks during demonstrations and, in some states, protect drivers from liability if they strike someone taking part in a protest.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said more than 30 separate anti-protest bills have been introduced since 8 November in “an unprecedented level of hostility towards protesters in the 21st century”. Their introduction comes amid a huge increase in activism and engagement, much of it inspired by Trump’s election to the presidency.

The ACLU and the National Lawyers Guild have said many of the bills are likely unconstitutional. “The proposed bills have been especially pervasive in states where protests flourished recently”, said Vera Eidelman, who works in the ACLU’s speech, privacy and technology project.”

Read more here.

If you count on the Democratic party establishment to counter these dangerous Republican tendencies then you may get disappointed.

This video from the USA says about itself:

DCCC [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee] Backs Recent Republican Over [left-wing, pro-Bernie Sanders] Justice Democrat

21 April 2018

Cenk Uygur breaks down a Ryan Grim story, which reveals that the DCCC-backed candidate in California’s 50th district, Josh Butner, was a registered Republican before running as a Democrat.

Read Ryan’s piece here.

Conservatives deport Caribbean British people, Grenada reacts

This video says about itself:

21 April 2018

Grenada‘s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell is speaking up for the family of a Grenadian member of the Windrush generation who fell on hard times and died in the UK last week.

Britain: CWU Conference ’18: May and Rudd should resign over the Windrush scandal, delegates hear: here.

OFFICIAL expressions of sorrow, sympathy and assurances of recompense to the children of Windrush generation are meaningless because the government stands by its legislation that sparked their problems: here.

May on the ropes over ‘racist legislation’. Tories face mounting fury over Windrush deportations: here.

Rally for freeing Catalan political prisoners in Valencia, Spain

This video says about itself:

21 April 2018

Pro-Catalan independence activists joined a mass rally in Valencia to honour the victims of hate crimes.

American footballer Kaepernick gets human rights award

This video says about itself:

21 April 2018

AMSTERDAM — Human rights organization Amnesty International has honored former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick with its Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2018, lauding his peaceful protests against racial inequality. The former San Francisco 49ers star was handed the award at a ceremony Saturday in the Dutch capital by onetime teammate Eric Reid.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Kneeling Kaepernick receives Amnesty’s human rights award

Today, 18:05
Updated at 18:53

Amnesty International has awarded the Ambassador of Conscience Award in Amsterdam to American football player Colin Kaepernick. He knelt two years ago while the American national anthem played before a match, instead of standing. His silent protest against police brutality and discrimination has since been regularly emulated by football players, sometimes to the anger of US President Trump.

“Not only in the United States is Kaepernick a great example for his fight against discrimination and police violence, but also in the Netherlands and the rest of the world”, said Eduard Nazarski, director of Amnesty Netherlands. “He shows that with a seemingly simple gesture you can start a great movement.”

Amnesty awards the human rights prize every year to activists who, according to the organization, commit themselves in a special way to human rights. Earlier the prize went to Nelson Mandela, the Pakistani children’s rights activist Malala and singer Alicia Keys.

Amnesty Netherlands this year is fifty years old.