Artwork censored, a rapper imprisoned, a book seized by a judge: is there freedom of expression in Spain?

Catalan MonitorAra, News Roundup

The artist behind the controversial “Contemporary Spanish Political Prisoners” work, pulled from the ARCO exhibition in Madrid, has expressed shock that his work was removed, from this partially-publically-funded show. Rapper Valtònyc considers a European appeal against his 3.5 year sentence for anti-Royal and anti-Spanish Government lyrics.

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Catalonia: The Choice between Freedom and Bondage

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The German digital newspaper “Neue Debatte” (New Debate) has published an article by a Professor of the University of Bremen, Axel Schönberger, on the current situation in Catalonia. We have summarized the key points in English here.

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Anna Gabriel takes refuge in Switzerland

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

Ex CUP Deputy Anna Gabriel has emerged in Switzerland, after speculation regarding her whereabouts, just days before she is called to make an initial declaration at the Supreme Court. She has sought out legal assistance from experts in extradition, and defending cases before the European Court of Human Rights.

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The Spanish Government, on liquidating the Catalan language immersion programme: “Without doubt, we’ll do it”

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

The Minister of Education and spokesperson for the Moncloa Palace, Iñigo Méndez de Vigo, states that they are studying a solution to introduce a Spanish language option into the per-inscription process. He added this wasn’t a “globus sonda”, but that their objective was that at least 25% of classes be held in Spanish.

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The Supreme Court allows Mireia Boya to remain free

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

Neither Judge Llarena or the Prosecutor request pre-trial detention, despite the leader of the CUP party affirdming that the declaration of independence “was not just symbolic”. The anti-capitalist party leader revindicates the “popular mandate” and suggests that statements made by other independent leaders ought to “resemble” hers.

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Jailed pro-independence minister kept in jail

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

Judge states that his ideology persists, as does the “risk” of Catalan independence and therefore leaves him behind bars for risk of repeat offense, although he stepped down as MP last month.

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Pursuing Clown Noses

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Blog by Marcel Barrera explores the abuse of the term “incitement to hatred” being seen in Catalonia at present, as increasingly authoritarian charges are made against people expressing themselves in various ways.

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Anti-Catalan violence no longer restricted to the extreme right

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

Jordi Borràs, Photojournalist specialising in the Spanish extreme right, in a report by Media.cat, denounces the impunity which with violent actions, left uncovered by the media and tolerated by the State, have increased dramatically against Catalans since autumn 2017.

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Ernest Maragall, interviewed by Esther Vera

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Esther Vera of Ara Newspaper interviews Ernest Maragall, the oldest member of the Catalan parliament, on the independence process, and the direction the pro-independence movement must now take. “A non-president is not worth a single additional prisoner”.

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