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2017

20

Sep

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Spain national police raid Catalan government headquarters

Spain’s paramilitary national police have raided the headquarters of the Catalan government in the latest offensive against the proposed referendum on independence set to be held in less than two weeks’ time. The Guardia Civil police on Wednesday morning searched several government departments, including the economy ministry and the foreign ministry as well as the […]

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Country: Spain
Source: Financial Times

14

Sep

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Spain threatens to arrest over 700 Catalan pro-referendum mayors

Spain’s state prosecutor has ordered a criminal probe of hundreds of Catalan mayors cooperating with the region’s independence referendum. Spain’s king and prime minister have both decried the vote as unconstitutional. The office of Spain’s state prosecutor announced on Wednesday that it is investigating hundreds of Catalan mayors for cooperating with an October 1 independence […]

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Country: Spain
Source: Deutsche Welle

11

Sep

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Spanish police forcefully disperse Antifa protesters

On 9 September 2017, Spanish police forcibly ejected Antifa protesters in the Galicia region of the country.

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Country: Spain
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11

Sep

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Police raid Catalan offices in hunt for banned vote papers

A Spanish judge has ordered police to search a printer’s shop and two offices of a regional newspaper in Catalonia as part of an investigation into alleged preparations for an illegal referendum on independence for the region. A Barcelona-based court said on Saturday that the police searches took place on Friday in the towns of […]

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Country: Spain
Source: The Independent

10

Aug

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Spain: Migrants held in poor conditions

Asylum seekers and other migrants arriving by sea to Spanish shores are held in poor conditions and face obstacles in applying for asylum. They are held for days in dark, dank cells in police stations. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 7,847 people reached Spanish shores between January 1 and July 26, 2017, compared with […]

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Country: Spain
Source: Human Rights Watch

31

Mar

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Spain convicts woman for tweeting jokes about Eta bomb victim

A Spanish student who wrote 13 tweets about the assassination of a prime minister by Basque militants in 1973 has been given a one-year jail term. Cassandra Vera, 21, was found guilty of “contempt, dishonour, discredit, mockery and affront” to the victims of terrorism and their families. Some tweets were four years old and she […]

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Country: Spain
Source: BBC News

27

Mar

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Prosecution Launches Probe Into Catalan Gov’t Preparations to Hold Referendum

The Supreme Prosecutor’s Office of Catalonia, a Spanish autonomous community, launched investigation on Friday into the actions of the local authorities non-compliant with the ruling of the Spanish Constitutional Court to halt the preparations for a referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain. The Catalan Parliament adopted in October 2016 a resolution stipulating a referendum on […]

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Country: Spain
Source: Sputnik

17

Mar

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Tweets raise concerns over free speech in Spain

When Cassandra Vera, a 21-year old student from Murcia, received a notification from the Spanish National Court, she didn’t know that she would become famous against her will. The court’s prosecutor accused her of glorifying terrorism and humiliating victims of terrorism. Last January, she shared her story on Twitter: “The prosecutor is asking for 2.5 […]

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Country: Spain
Source: DW

14

Mar

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Catalonia’s former leader was barred from public office for two years over referendum on independence

Catalonia’s former leader has been barred from public office for two years for staging an informal referendum on independence from Spain. Artur Mas – who was regional governor when the vote took place – was found guilty of contempt of court by Catalonia’s Superior Court of Justice. In a low turnout in 2014 more than […]

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Country: Spain
Source: Euronews

2016

04

Nov

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Spanish police detain Catalan mayor for refusing to testify in probe

On 4 November 2016, the mayor of a town in Catalonia has been arrested and questioned after defying electoral regulations and hanging a separatist flag from a municipal building. Montserrat Venturós, mayor of Berga, was detained on Friday morning in her home after failing to appear in court to face charges related to her refusal […]

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Country: Spain
Source: Irish Times , AA