Key witness in sedition case is Citizens Party supporter, and follows Spanish extremist pages

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

The court clerk who visited the Ministry of Economy on September 20th, along with the Civil Guard, by order of the court of instruction number 13, has become the key witness in the sedition case against the former Chief of the Catalan Police, the leaders of the ANC and Omnium, former counsellors and other Catalan politicians. However, her after work activity makes it clear to the defense that the witness is not neutral and that she has a clear ideological opposition to the accused.

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Journalist Eduard Voltas dismantles the logic of silencing teachers

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup, Vilaweb

In an intervention on the programme “Més 3/24”, Eduard Voltas took apart the argument that “politics is not to be discussed in schools”, and compared the idea of not talking about the police violence on October 1st in schools, to remaining silent about the August 17th terrorist attacks in Barcelona.

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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

Catalan MonitorFinancial Times, News Roundup

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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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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