H/t reader U. B.
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H/t reader squodgy:
“A toe in the water to test the people’s response?”
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Thousands of Catalans staged a mass protest in Barcelona on Sunday, hours after their former leader, Carles Puigdemont, was detained in Germany.
Riot police struck protesters with batons and pushed them back as they tried to move towards the office of the Spanish government in Catalonia. Many protesters were carrying placards of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, to decry the German police’s seizure of Puigdemont.
Puigdemont was detained while crossing the border between Denmark and Germany and Sunday, and was moved to Neumuenster correctional facility.
Puigdemont is facing up to 25 years in prison on charges of sedition, rebellion and misuse of public funds over his role in the push for the Catalan divorce from Spain.
H/t reader eric:
As expected. True democracy not permitted.
Madrid has been told by EU Rothschild puppets not to tolerate democracy or the peoples’ wish.”
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German police on Sunday arrested Catalonia’s former president Carles Puigdemont, as he crossed over by car from Denmark, in the latest blow to the Spanish region’s independence movement.
Puigdemont’s lawyer Jaume Alonso-Cuevillas, said on Twitter that Puigdemont was picked up by German police as he was travelling back to Belgium where he has been living in self-imposed exile.
1. El president Carles Puigdemont ha estat retingut a Alemanya quan creuava la frontera des de Dinamarca, de camí cap a Bèlgica des de Finlàndia.
— J. Alonso-Cuevillas (@JaumeAlonsoCuev) March 25, 2018
The news was confirmed, when a German police spokesman told AFP that Puigdemont “was arrested today at 11:19 am by Schleswig-Holstein’s highway patrol force,” adding that the detention was based on a European warrant. “He is now in police custody.”
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Five months after going on the run from Spanish authorities, Catalonia’s former president was detained in Germany on an international warrant Sunday by highway police after the ardent separatist crossed the border with Denmark.
Carles Puigdemont’s capture, aided by Spanish intelligence services, sparked protests of tens of thousands in Catalonia’s main city of Barcelona and other towns in the wealthy northeastern corner of Spain. Some of the demonstrators clashed with riot police, leaving more than 50 civilians and police officers injured and leading to four arrests. Puigdemont will appear before a German judge on Monday.
Civil war has been predicted for Spain.
Spanish police scuffled with dozens of pro-secession activists and seized 10 million ballot papers
Thousands of pensioners have taken to the streets of Madrid, calling for higher state pensions.
Heavy rain didn’t discourage the protest that began in front of Spain’s Budget Ministry and then moved to the national parliament a couple of blocks away.
H/t reader Squodgy:
“Has anyone noticed how Catalonia has disappeared from the mainstream media?
It can’t be settled, so I wonder what is going on?”
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Spain’s Interior Minister Jose Ignacio Zoido has a warning for Carles Puigdemont: “don’t try to sneak back into Barcelona, you will be caught.”
The ousted former Catalan leader and infamous separatist, Carles Puigdemont who remains in self-imposed exile in Brussels and who was again picked by the Catalan parliament to be its president, may be tempted to cross into Spain “by helicopter, light aircraft or boat” so that the regional parliament can reappoint him officially, Zoido told broadcaster Antena 3 in an interview. The police have deployed specialist teams to monitor his movements and will catch him if he tries.
Spanish authorities have announced that they would reinstate an international arrest warrant request for former Catalonia president Carles Puigdemont if he decides to travel from Belgium, where he is in self-imposed exile, to Denmark for the purpose of attending an academic meeting.
Spain’s state prosecution service said on Sunday that a potential trip on Monday by Puigdemont to Copenhagen would prompt the prosecution to seek his arrest both in Belgium and in Denmark.
H/t reader eric:
“Spain not happy….or more correctly the establishment has told the European Parliament to tell the Spanish Government to get the dissention resolved.”
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MORE than 200 African migrants stormed the Spanish border in a bid to claim asylum, regional officials have said.
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Nearly 700 illegal migrants attempted on Saturday morning to cross the border between Morocco and Spain in Spain’s autonomous city of Ceuta, located on the northern coast of Morocco, local media reported citing the Spanish government’s representatives in Ceuta.
According to the EFE news agency, 33 migrants tried to climb over the border wall, but they did not manage to get to Ceuta. The incident took place around 6 a.m. (01:00 GMT).
Migrants attempt to scale barbed-wire fence in Ceuta pic.twitter.com/ZeFkHFYIxO
— Ruptly (@Ruptly) December 23, 2017
Migrants attempted to “storm” the border along its entire length of 8.2 kilometers (5 miles).
The results are in from Catalonia’s snap parliamentary election, and separatist parties have held onto their majority. They dropped from 72 to 70 total seats held, but this still gives them an absolute majority of the regional parliament’s 135 seats.
Junts per Catalunya (JuntsxCat, or Together for Catalonia), the party of ousted president Carles Puigdemont, claimed victory in the regional election in a statement issued after the official results came in on Thursday. JuntsxCat is slated to hold 34 seats, making up almost half of the independence coalition. Two other parties, the left-wing Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (Republican Left of Catalonia) and Candidatura d’Unitat Popular (Popular Unity Candidacy), make up the rest of the independence coalition.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Party leaders and politicians made last-ditch appeals to undecided voters in Spain’s Catalonia region Tuesday ahead of an election that polls indicate could be a close race between supporters of secession and political rivals who want to remain part of the country.
With opinion polls suggesting that more than 20 percent of the region’s 5.5 million-strong electorate were undecided about who to support in Thursday’s election, the final campaign rallies set out clear battle lines.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Catalonia’s ousted leader vowed Tuesday to prolong the fight for independence from Spain and urged the European Union to speak out over the jailing of Catalan officials in a rebellion case.
H/t reader squodgy.
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The application that is being carried out of Article 155 on Catalan autonomy finds a majority rejection in public opinion.
More than 56% of those consulted disapprove of the application of 155. The positions of the respective groups of electors are quite unanimous.
Among voters who support independence, more than 90% reject the application of 155. Meanwhile, those who support the oppressive regime in Madrid, massively suppport its dictatorial measures.
Puigdemont and four consellers arrested after surrendering in police station
BRUSSELS – The prosecutor’s office in Brussels was preparing to order his arrest in order to appoint a judge.
Belgium has not accepted the petition for political assilum and in doing so, it has condemned the Catalan leaders to face jail time imposed by the Madrid regime.
Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and four ex-ministers on Sunday turned themselves in to Belgian authorities to start the process of their possible extradition to Spain. Puigdemont was accompanied by four other former Catalan officials who are also wanted by Spanish authorities after they fled to Belgium last week after their removed from power by Spanish authorities as part of an extraordinary crackdown to impede the region’s illegal declaration of independence.
According to AP, a spokesman for the Brussels prosecutor’s office, Gilles Dejemeppe, said the five presented themselves to federal police and have been in custody since 9 a.m. (0800 GMT; 3 a.m. EST). He said that they have not been arrested and that Puigdemont and the four ex-ministers will be heard by an investigative judge Sunday afternoon.