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.
Today, the now world-infamous Spanish Supreme Court judge, Pablo Llarena, is up in court in Belgium
Pons is trying to whip up a bit of anti-European fervour by telling the average Spaniard that he or she has been insulted.
The siege was of an exclusively intimidating nature. The intimidation limits the decision-making capacity of the victim, has the effect of violence and restricts the capacity to act as would the use of force, like a hypothetical taking of hostages by shooting in the air.
In Germany, the offence of Rechtsbeugung (‘perversion of the course of justice’ is the nearest English translation) is the crime committed by judges when they wilfully misapply the law. It has also been used to prosecute strict, but immoral, applications of the law.