Anna Gabriel takes refuge in Switzerland

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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”

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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

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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

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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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Anti-Catalan violence no longer restricted to the extreme right

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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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Statement from the Catalan Ombudsman, in defense of the rights of citizens, re possible alterations to the legal framework

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The Catalan Ombudsman has issued a public statement regarding the recent ruling by the Spanish Constitutional Tribunal, which it has also submitted to the European Court of Human Rights. It considers the ruling which requires Carles Puigdemont’s investiture to be pre-approved by judicial ruling to be in violation of his rights as an elected deputy, and the rights of the citizens of Catalonia to political participation by active suffrage.

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15 reasons for Ben Emmerson QC to take the Jordis / Junqueras case to the UN

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Ben Emmerson QC, an eminent lawyer from the United Kingdom gave a press conference in London, on February 1st, to outline the content of an application his law firm is making on behalf of Junqueras, Forn, and ‘the Jordis’, to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. He states their detention is “a classic case of arbitrary political detention”.

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The second defeat of 155

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The first defeat of the bloc of parties that supported the application of article 155 was the autonomic elections of December 21st, convened by Mariano Rajoy. That day, after an unprecedented judicial and political offensive, the independentists revalidated their absolute majority. The second defeat took place during today’s plenary session held to constitute the parliament and elect a speaker, during which the independence majority made itself known, again.

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Roger Torrent elected new Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, on strength of pro-independence votes

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The leader of the Republican Leftist party (ERC) takes over from Carme Forcadell thanks to the 65 votes of Together for Catalonia (JxC), ERC and the CUP, including the delegated votes of Junqueras, Forn and Sànchez. Josep Costa and José María Espejo-Saavedra take on the vice presidencies of the chamber after Ciutadans and the Partido Popular expressed displeasure at prisoners being allowed to delegate votes.

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13 more teachers called to give statements regarding to charges of “incitement to hatred”, after discussing police violence from October 1st

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The Civil Guard will give take statements from professors of Sant Andreu de la Barca on January 4th, 5th, 8th and 10th and could refer them to courts as a result of allegations from agents, regarding comments to their children. In November, eight professors from La Seu d’Urgell gave statements regarding the same crime, with relation their treatment of the referendum and the police violence, in class.

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