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2018

19

Mar

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Spain: Protests erupt after migrant African street vendor killed by police

Protests have broken out in the Madrid neighborhood of Lavapies after a 35-year-old Senegalese street vendor was found dead on Thursday morning. Friends of the victim, identified as Mame Mbaye Ndiaye, say he died after being chased by police from the Plaza Mayor to Lavapies. However, police representatives say the cause of death was a cardiorespiratory arrest. Following the incident, a large group of people – many of them migrants – […]

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Country: Spain
Source: Telesur

28

Feb

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Amnesty International accuses Spain of restricting freedom of speech

In its annual report on the state of human rights in countries across the world, Amnesty International has criticized Spain for making excessive terrorism allegations against people expressing a difference of opinion on social media. “Authorities pressed criminal charges against people who had expressed opinions that did not constitute incitement to a terrorism-related offence and fell within […]

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Country: Spain
Source: El Pais

28

Feb

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Spain resists calls for creating independent anti-racism body

The Council of Europe is calling on Spain to “urgently” create an independent equality body. Spain and the micro-state of San Marino are the only members of the 47-strong Council that still lack an organization specifically designed to tackle racism. The report by the Council’s European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), which was published on Tuesday, […]

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Country: Spain
Source: El Pais

22

Feb

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Spanish Supreme Court orders arrest of former Catalan MP Anna Gabriel

Spain’s Supreme Court ordered the arrest of former Catalan member of parliament Anna Gabriel after she failed to appear in court on Wednesday to answer charges related to the region’s independence campaign. Gabriel, who had moved from Spain to Switzerland at an unknown date, was called to appear in the Supreme Court in Madrid on […]

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Country: Spain
Source: Reuters

22

Feb

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Rapper Valtonyc’s prison sentence for offensive lyrics upheld by Spanish Supreme Court

Spain’s Supreme Court has upheld the three-and-a half year sentence for Jose Miguel Arenas Beltran, a rapper known as Valtonyc, who a court in Madrid had previously sentenced for “inciting terrorism” and insulting the Spanish King and other members of the royal family in songs posted on YouTube. The Supreme Court ratified the sentence on Tuesday (Feb. […]

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Country: Spain
Source: Billboard

2017

17

Oct

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Spain just jailed two Catalan independence leaders on sedition charges

A Spanish judge jailed two leaders of the Catalan independence movement Monday on charges of sedition, the BBC reported, in a move that will likely only worsen a national crisis that has pitted the Spanish government against one of its wealthiest regions. Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart are now being held without bail for their alleged […]

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Country: Spain
Source: Vice News

12

Oct

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Rights group slams police violence in Catalonia

A global human rights organization says Spanish police used excessive force when they faced peaceful protesters earlier this month during a disputed independence referendum in Catalonia. The Oct. 1 vote went ahead despite a ban by Spain’s top court. Under the country’s Constitution, only central authorities can call votes on sovereignty matters and all eligible […]

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Country: Spain
Source: AP

10

Oct

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The Spain Reports: PP Spokesman Says Puigdemont Might “End Up” Like Lluis Companys, Who Was Executed In 1940

Popular Party spokesman Pablo Casado, the party’s deputy secretary for communications, said during a press conference on Monday that Carles Puigdemont, the current First Minister of Catalonia, could “end up” like former First Minister Lluis Companys, who also declared the independence of the region on October 6, 1934, The Spain Reports writes. Mr. Casado was referring to […]

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Country: Spain
Source: Focus News

06

Oct

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Spanish court blocks Catalan parliament from declaring independence

  Spain’s Constitutional Court on Thursday ordered the Catalan regional parliament to suspend a session scheduled for next Monday, when lawmakers were expected to vote on a declaration of independence from Spain. Catalonia’s pro-independence regional government and the central government in Madrid are at loggerheads over last Sunday’s referendum, when 90 percent of the nearly 2.3 million […]

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Country: Spain
Source: Politico

03

Oct

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Spanish foreign minister claims photos of police brutality are ‘fake’

Spain’s foreign minister has argued police violence during Catalonia’s independence vote was “not extraordinary” and claimed “fake photos” of brutality have been circulating on social media. Violent scenes erupted across Catalonia on Sunday as riot police beat protesters and stormed polling stations in an eleventh-hour attempt to prevent the vote on independence from Spain going ahead. […]

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Country: Spain
Source: The Independent