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Spain is apparently a not so former fascist country, which apparently hasn’t recovered from Franco’s dictatorship. Culture is slow and difficult to change, especially when opponents are jailed, sent into exile, or otherwise silenced. Franco didn’t die until 20 November 1975.
ACN reports that five more Catalan leaders were put in jail. This means that there are now nine pro-independence Catalan politicians in jail, awaiting trial. These include the Catalan presidential candidate Jordi Turull.
Marta Rovira, a leader of a pro-independence party, opted to go into exile. Now seven politicians are seeking asylum outside of Spain, including Catalan President Puigdemont.
As of Friday, 25 Catalan government officials are to be put on trial for their role in the independence movement.
Read more and see video news here: http://www.catalannews.com/news/item/23-mar-18-tv-news-five-more-pro-independence-leaders-jailed. The video-news can also be seen at the youtube links above.
The 25 officials seem to be lower level officials, in addition to the 9 leaders in jail and 7 in exile.
“Coup to democracy:’ Catalan politics react to indictment of officials
All four parties whose members were sent to trial released a unitary statement rejecting judge’s decision” 23 March 2018 03:08 PM by ACN | Barcelona http://www.catalannews.com/politics/item/coup-to-democracy-catalan-politics-react-to-indictment-of-officials
“Spain Catalonia: Five separatist leaders detained:
The Spanish Supreme Court in Madrid has detained five Catalan separatist leaders, including the latest candidate for regional president. They will be held without bail pending their trials…..”http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43519438
“Protests across Catalonia to reject imprisonments
Thousands of people take to the streets under motto ‘United against repression’ 23 March 2018 08:54 PM by ACN, Barcelona http://www.catalannews.com/society-science/item/protests-across-catalonia-to-reject-imprisonments
“Spain Catalonia: Clashes after separatist leaders detained“, reports BBC,
“Spain’s Supreme Court ruled 25 Catalan leaders should be tried for rebellion, embezzlement or disobeying the state.” Read the article here: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43523811
Spain’s ruling People’s Party was created by fascists (Franco regime members). Thus, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that they have been acting like fascists. “The People’s Party was a re-foundation in 1989 of the People’s Alliance(Alianza Popular, AP), a party led and founded by Manuel Fraga Iribarne, a former Minister of the Interior and Minister of Tourism during Francisco Franco’s dictatorship.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People%27s_Party_(Spain). The party exists in Catalonia but isn’t very popular at all!