After the lukewarm summer and the tepid autumn, we are preparing for a cold, hard winter
The leaders of the Catalan pro-independence movement face up to 25 years in prison
Hundreds of pro-independence activists are being persecuted through the Spanish courts for taking part in protests and direct action
And there are the Catalans, in limbo in their non-republic, lost in the wilderness, unsure which way to go.
The response to this outrageous abuse of judicial power and the general inertia that has gripped Catalan politicians could be massive. It could be that all-illusive 1 October moment that was wasted by Catalan leaders a year ago. It will not be violent.
Spain’s position is untenable and Borrell’s task impossible. Spain’s damaged image is well deserved and probably irreparable.
Spanish judges compare Puigdemont to a rapist and Òmnium to gang rapists
Independentism and its leaders are involved in a “coup”, they are “Nazis”, a “virus”, a “germ”. People who are mobilising in Catalonia act like “idiots”, they are “criminals”, “violent” or “extremists” to whom the “Penal Code must be applied” because they have leaders who are “sons of bitches” or “like rapists”