Mallorca: spearheading solidarity with Catalonia and political prisoners

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

Mallorca stands out as a territory in which much solidarity has been shown for the repression suffered by the pro-independence process in Catalonia: dozens of events have taken place in the last months, a Coordinator of Groups for Democracy has been born and a dozen Committees for the Defense of the Republic (CDR) have been installed on the island.

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Interview with the President: “We will never know if the National Intelligence Centre’s disloyalty to the Catalan people prevented us from stopping an attack and many deaths”

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Puigdemont: “Is the security of the Catalans in the hands of this information service and the Spanish police guaranteed? Don’t the Mossos d’Esquadra guarantee it better, despite the fact they have been intervened with [via article 155]? Why has Mr. Trapero been thrown to the dogs and Mr. Forn today put in prison when they were the real actors behind the neutralisation of the Jihadist threat in Catalonia?”

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Minister of Employment unwittingly unveils the lies of PP’s Albiol

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The Minister of Employment, Fátima Báñez, admitted that the Spanish government could resort to a loan from the Treasury to the Department of Social Security to ensure the payment of pensions to Spaniards in December, the president of the PPC (Partido Popular in Catalonia), Xavier García Albiol, five days ago, claimed that the pensions of Catalans would be “endangered” if the pro-independence bloc won in the elections on December 21st.

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Brussels prepares to host 50,000 pro-independence Catalans

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

The police [in Brussels] have confirmed plans for a huge demonstration organized on December 7th in support of ousted Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont. Whether by car, train, plane or coach, tens of thousands of demonstrators will arrive in the capital [Brussels] on Thursday, December 7th from all over Europe.

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Spanish government authorizes a Francoist event meters from a mass grave

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A few meters away from a mass grave, where 123 victims of Franco’s repression are buried, a pro-Franco event. The sub-delegation of the Spanish Government in Córdoba and Lucena City Council, governed by the PSOE (Socialist Party), authorized an act of homage to the dictator in the cemetery of the town on Tuesday, where work on the exhumation of a mass grave is under way.

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Research into strengths and weaknesses of the candidate cities to host the EMA headquarters, exposes bias in Spanish government’s treatment of Catalonia

Catalan MonitorArticles

Research and scientific environment, university standards, as well as quality of life, are the main strengths of Barcelona. Weaknesses attributed to Barcelona bid are all within the remit of the Spanish government include number of European flights, % of Spanish economy dedicated to R&D, and Spain’s ranking in transparency and anti-corruption.

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Belgium asks Spanish National Court to clarify how Puigdemont will be treated if extradited

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

“Simply making assumptions based on mutual trust will not be sufficient.” This is how the Belgian Prosecutor’s Office warned the [Spanish] National Court, in a writ dated November 10th. The Belgian justice ministry wants to have all the information on the future of President Carles Puigdemont and the other four counsellors, in the case that it is decided that they will be extradited to Spain.

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