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by IdiotSavant Wed Jun 23rd, 2021 at 02:34:29 AM EST

Four years ago, the Spanish government jailed nine Catalan leaders for the "crime" of advocating peacefully for independence. Now, it has pardoned them:

Spain's prime minister has called for a new "era of dialogue and understanding" as his Socialist-led government pardoned nine Catalan independence leaders for their roles in the illegal, failed push for regional secession four years ago that plunged the country into its gravest political crisis in decades.


The beneficiaries of the pardons are: the former regional vice-president, Oriol Junqueras; the former regional government spokesperson, Jordi Turull; the former Catalan foreign affairs minister, Raül Romeva; the former regional territorial minister, Josep Rull; the former employment minister, Dolors Bassa; the former regional interior minister, Joaquim Forn; the former speaker of the Catalan parliament, Carme Forcadell, and the two influential civil society leaders Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart.

All were found guilty of crimes including sedition and misuse of public funds and sentenced to terms of between nine and 13 years by Spain's supreme court in October 2019. They were also banned from holding public office for periods matching their prison sentences.

But while the pardon will mean Spain's victims are released from jail, they will still be banned from office, so people will be banned from election for peacefully advocating their political views. The pardons can also be reversed if the victims "reoffend", which suggests that Spain's intention is for ongoing persecution, rather than an actual step forward. As for the recipients, Jordi Cuixart has said straight-out "we will persist". Spain is continuing judicial persecution in Catalonia, and this is so blatant that it has been condemned by the Council of Europe. If they want a new era of dialogue and understanding, then they need to offer more: a complete amnesty, compensation for their victims, and a referendum. And if they don't surrender the first two, their victims will get it from the ECHR instead.


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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 23rd, 2021 at 08:24:34 PM EST
Saw that.

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by ATinNM on Thu Jun 24th, 2021 at 04:22:55 PM EST
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El Nacional: Catalan government reminds consuls: the pardons don't solve the conflict

Catalan foreign minister Victòria Alsina has addressed a letter to the consular body established in Barcelona in which she explains that this week's pardons of the nine pro-independence politicians and civil society leaders "do not resolve the political conflict between Catalonia and Spain". In fact, in the letter Alsina notes that next Tuesday, 41 Catalan officials and public servants face millionaire fines "imposed by the Court of Accounts ... without trial" linked to the foreign action of the Catalan government between 2011 and 2017. She also remarks that "we need to keep in mind the thousands of people who have been or are being prosecuted for the same case".

The Council of Europe (which condemned Spain over this issue last week) is following the same line. This is a good first step, but Spain needs to do more.

by IdiotSavant on Fri Jun 25th, 2021 at 10:09:07 PM EST

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