These visitors are interested in Catalan language, culture and history, unlike so many who have lived here all their lives
Today, the now world-infamous Spanish Supreme Court judge, Pablo Llarena, is up in court in Belgium
From the Catalan political prisoner to the citizen that wishes to protest injustice, human rights are being breached in Spain; all day, every day
Ignoring the violent element in Spanish unionism is blind or propagandistic, but Spanish unity takes precedence over all else, including the truth
This is the pathetic state that politics in Spain has been reduced to. To outsiders it seems too surreal to be true. Catalans will tell you that surreal became the new normal some time last autumn and that this autumn the crisis will deepen.
President Torra is calling for an advantage to be pressed home and for people to go on the offensive – from the political prisoner to the most lowly activist – pacifically, of course
It doesn’t matter if anyone gets hurt. In fact, it’s desirable. The idea is to create fear, inhibit, intimidate and silence those whose beliefs have been criminalised.
After the 12 months that the Catalans have had and considering the current situation in Catalonia, enjoying a well-deserved break and switching off is nigh on impossible