Analysis: The Catalan trials are political, regardless of what the Spanish Government says
To deny the political dimension of the Spanish judiciary and its crusade against Catalonia’s political prisoners is to deny reality
EVERYTHING is political. Whether openly acknowledged or not, much of the world has gradually come to accept this argument, once the reserve of radicals and liberationists only. The personal and the philosophical, the artistic and the economic; war and peace, identity and nationhood…Law and justice.
Delegation of UK MPs meet with Catalan political prisoners
“We never imagined that something like this could happen in the European Union,” said SNP MP Gavin Newlands
A DELEGATION of MPs from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Catalonia today [18 September] met with the seven Catalan political prisoners being held at Lledoners prison, awaiting trial for their involvement in the outlawed Catalan independence referendum of 2017.
Aamer Anwar speech to Catalonia's Diada in full: 'Independence is your cause and you do not walk alone'
Today, Aamer Anwar, the Scottish human rights advocate and lawyer for the exiled former Catalan minister Clara Ponsati, addressed the enormous pro-independence rally held in Barcelona to mark Catalonia’s National Day and demand justice for Catalan political prisoners. Read his speech here.
MOLTES GRÀCIES. I bring you solidarity from Scotland and the deepest thanks of Professor Clara Ponsati.
On the 1 October the Spanish state used every tactic possible to bully, blackmail, harass, intimidate and attack.
'Long live free Catalonia': National Day demonstration for Catalan independence draws hundreds of thousands
“Our government has committed to making the republic a reality,” Catalan President Quim Torra said ahead of the mass mobilisation
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators are taking to the streets of Barcelona to celebrate Catalonia’s National Day of Diada and show their support for independence, despite a heavy police presence.
Analysis: Why exhuming Franco's remains is not the 'final stages' of Spain's journey from fascism
During his recent visit to Scotland, exiled former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont told CommonSpace he advocated a program of ‘de-Francoisation’ to rid Spain of those aspects of its fascist past which he argues still persist. What would such a process look like?
MOVING A BODY, in case you didn’t know, can be a tricky business.
Spanish generals voice support for Franco as plans to exhume dictator continue
High-ranking retired members of the Spanish military defend the “heroes” of the nation’s fascist past
OVER 180 high-ranking officers of the Spanish military have published a public statement demanding respect for former fascist dictator General Francisco Franco, following moves by the new Spanish Government to exhume his remains.
Watch: Where now for Catalan independence?
Clara Ponsati was a surprise guest at the CommonSpace forum
COMMONSPACE held a forum at the University of Edinburgh on 30 July on where now for Catalan independence, co-sponsored by Bella Caledonia and ANC Scotland.
Speakers: SNP MP for Edinburgh West Joanna Cherry; co-authors of Catalonia Reborn George Kerevan and Chris Bambery; human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar; head of the Catalan National Assembly Elisenda Paluzie. There was also a surprise guest appearance from exiled Catalan former Education Minister and St Andrews Uni professor Clara Ponsati.
‘Let’s fill Edinburgh’: ANC Scotland prepares for weekend of action in solidarity with Catalan prisoners and exiles
Campaign launched for Scottish citizens to offer free accommodation to visiting Catalans
FOLLOWING the withdrawal of the European Arrest Warrants for Clara Ponsati and all other Catalan politicians sought by the Spanish authorities, the grassroots solidarity organisation Catalan National Assembly (ANC) Scotland has announced a series of actions across Edinburgh this weekend to show support for Catalan political prisoners and exiles.
As Clara Ponsati’s arrest warrant is officially withdrawn, Aamer Anwar challenges Spain to release political prisoners
Ponsati’s legal team remains “on standby” against possibility that a European Arrest Warrant could be reissued
THE EUROPEAN ARREST WARRANT for exiled former Catalan minister Clara Ponsati was officially withdrawn today [23 June] at Edinburgh’s Sheriff Court, following the Spanish Supreme Court’s decision to drop its attempts at extradition last week.