Albert Rivera drops trade union membership, acquires luxury villa

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

Albert Rivera, leader of the Ciudadanos party, has given up his membership of the UGT (General Workers’ Union), following their support for the large manifestation in Barcelona demanding the freedom and respecting of rights of Catalan Political Prisoners. His membership was at odds with his growing personal property portfolio.

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Spain on list of “authoritarian countries on the rotten fringes” putting “European values” at risk – FT Commentator

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Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator for the Financial Times, has included Spain on a list of countries who are putting European Values at risk, through authoritarian behaviour. According to the columnist, Spain now has more in common, politically, with Poland, Hungary and Slovakia, where “autocracy and corruption” are the norm.

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Three Nazi war criminals whom democratic Spain never extradited to Germany

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The PP party member and MEP, Esteban González Pons had the gall to write a letter to MEPs stating “No Spanish judge would dare to give refuge to a German trying to break the constitutional order” and “Spain belongs to Europe. We believe in this common European project and we are prepared to fight for it. But this Union is only possible if we can have trust between members and if we support each other when one of us is being attacked. That is what Europe means.”

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Video: Group of Spanish rappers release track calling Royal Family “thieves”

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

In an increasingly repressive cultural climate in Spain, and Catalonia, where Mallorcan rapper Valtonyc was recently jailed for 3.5 years for “insulting the king” in a rap song, a group of Spanish and Catalan rappers have come together to release a “solidarity download” called “The Bourbons are thieves”, about the Spanish Royal Family.

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National television of Luxembourg and ‘France Soir’, surprised by participation of ultra-right wing party in case against Catalans

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

Both French and Luxembourgish media outlets have expressed surprise and confusion at the particularities of the Spanish legal system which have allowed a small extreme-right wing party, Vox, to join the complainant’s side in the case against Catalan politicians, despite not being either involved in the case, or a victim in it.

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New York Times Editorial: The Catalonia Dispute Ensnares Germany

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The Editorial Board of the New York Times, while not explicitly in favour of Catalan independence, asserts that accusing Puigdemont of “using force” is false, and condemns the cynical stretching of definitions of felonies such as “rebellion” and “treason”, currently being perpetrated by the Spanish government. They suggest a “conciliatory gesture towards Catalonia”.

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Spanish abuse of the youths from Altsasu– 500 days in prison with no trial

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

The coordinated treatment by the National Court and Office of the Prosecutor, of several youths from Navarra accused of ‘terrorism’ and ‘hate crimes’ for a bar brawl which resulted in an off-duty Guardia Civil being injured, is similar to the coordinated judicial attacks against Catalan Political prisoners. They have now spent 500 days in prison, without any trial.

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Three men detained for accompanying Puigdemont are released

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

Three men, including two off-duty Catalan Police officers and an eminent historian, were detained in Catalonia, after having been traveling with Carles Puigdemont on his fated journey from Finland to Brussels, via Germany. They have since been released, pending appearances in court.

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