New wave of repression in Spain

On the 100th day of imprisonment of civil leaders, Jordi Sánchez, ANC, and Jordi Cuixart, Òmnium Cultural, the headquarters of both organisations have been entered by plain clothes Civil Guard officers under orders from Supreme Court judge, Pablo Llarena, in a search for incriminating emails. The officers were not in possession of a search warrant. The Generalitat’s technology centre, CTTI, has also been raided.

The Spanish government has closed the only remaining Catalan government delegation on foreign soil in Brussels, forcing the only candidate for the presidency of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, and speaker of the Catalan parliament, Roger Torrent, to meet elsewhere.

Minister of the Interior, Juan Ignacio Zoido, has launched an operation to close Spain’s borders to prevent president Puigdemont’s return for his investiture through his arrest. The minister responsible for the police operation that left a thousand voters injured during the Catalan referendum on 1 October last week lied to the Spanish Senate about the events on 1 October and the Spanish government has refused to allow the Generalitat to conduct a public inquiry. Zoido has vowed to prevent Puigdemont’s return, ‘even in the boot of a car.’ Units of National Police have been newly installed in the vicinity of the Catalan parliament in a move reminiscent of the operation undertaken at the time of last year’s declaration of independence.

The Gürtel corruption case continues apace with new revelations daily indicating the involvement and knowledge at all levels of the Partido Popular in its own illegal financing, including prime minister Mariano Rajoy.

Article 155 of the Spanish constitution – allowing the government to take ‘any measures necessary’ to restore ‘law and order’ in Catalonia continues to be applied and, according to Ciudadanos spokesperson, Carlos Girauta, will continue to be applied until Catalonia ‘gets the government that Spain deserves.’ It should be obvious to the world that the Spanish government is refusing to accept the result of the election held on 21 December, despite its having been imposed by the Spanish government itself.

Needless to say, recent events have gone generally unreported in the international media. Today the BBC published its long-awaited piece on ‘Tabarnia’.

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