Friday, November 03, 2017

More political prisoners in Spain

The Spanish regime has just jailed most of Catalonia's elected government:

A judge in Madrid has ordered eight members of the deposed Catalan government to be remanded in custody pending possible charges over last week’s declaration of independence, and Spanish prosecutors are seeking a European arrest warrant for the region’s ousted president, Carles Puigdemont.

Carmen Lamela, sitting in Spain’s national court, jailed the eight former ministers – including Puigdemont’s deputy, Oriol Junqueras – on Thursday while they are investigated on possible charges of sedition, rebellion and misuse of public funds.

...for organising a referendum so Catalonians could peacefully vote on a topic Spain doesn't want to talk about. A referendum Spain then tried (unsuccessfully) to disrupt with armoured thugs and public beatings.

Democracies don't jail elected representatives. Democracies don't keep political prisoners. But its clear now that Spain isn't a democracy anymore, at least for Catalans. And that in itself is a good reason for them to leave.