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2018

03

Oct

Riot police clash with pro-independence protesters in Barcelona

Security forces have clashed with pro-independence demonstrators in one of the main squares of Barcelona, Sant Jaume. The officers were seen beating the protesters with batons. Crowds took to the streets on Saturday to stage a counter-protest against a demonstration in support of the Spanish national police (Policia Nacional) and Civil Guard (Guardia Civil) in […]

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Country: Spain
Source: RT

10

Sep

Spain ‘forbids’ local athletes from representing Gibraltar in Malaga international event

Spain was condemned for banning athletes from competing under the flag of Gibraltar at an international competition. The World Masters Athletics (WMA) organization said the athletes could run as “neutrals” but insisted they could not take part under their own flag because Gibraltar was not a nation. Sebastian Coe, the double Olympic gold medal winner […]

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Country: Spain
Source: The Times

24

May

Spanish rapper Valtonyc flees to Europe to avoid going to prison

Josep Miquel Arenas, aka Valtonyc, the Majorcan rapper who was ordered to enter prison no later than today (24 May), is believed to have fled Spain and to be in Belgium. The Catalan television station, TV3, announced that the rapper had gone to Belgium to avoid starting a three and a half year sentence. This […]

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Country: Spain
Source: Majorca Daily Bulletin , Star

19

Mar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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