The Tweets for Which Catalan Rapper Pablo Hasel Was Imprisoned

Catalan rapper Pablo Hasél has been imprisoned for “glorification of terrorism” and “insulting” the Spanish crown and police in song lyrics and tweets. Here are the 64 tweets that the prosecutor included in the indictment against the artist, as published by Público newspaper:

March 23, 2014
“50 wounded police officers? Those fucking mercenaries bite their own tongues beating people up and say they’re wounded.”

March 24, 2014
“Proud of those who responded to the police aggression.”

March 25, 2014
“Today the riot police are cry babies when they’re the ones who have always beaten and tortured thousands and thousands of people, evicted people with billy clubs, etc.”

March 27, 2014
“The police kill 15 immigrants and they are little saints. The people defend themselves from their brutality and we are ‘violent terrorists, trash, etc’.”

March 30, 2014
“They mean to hide the fact that many people came out today to demand the end of the fascist monarchy and beat even the journalists.”

March 30, 2014
“Nazi-onal police go torturing people even on camera.”

April 4, 2014
“You kill a police officer? They search for you everywhere. The police kill someone? They don’t even investigate it well.”

April 4, 2014
“Two years since Iñigo Cabacas was killed by the police without anyone being tried for it.”

April 28, 2014
“The Guardia Civil torturing and shooting at immigrants? Democracy. Jokes about fascists? Abetting terrorism.”

October 30, 2015
“Detained in Galicia for “glorifying terrorism” that is, for saying that one has to fight against the fascist State.”

December 2, 2015
“The Bourbon mafioso partying with the Saudi monarch, everything stays between those who finance ISIL.”

December 25, 2015
“The Bourbon thief must not appreciate the impunity he has in order to make fun of us.”

December 25, 2015
“Constancy in the fight so that one day it will be Phillip of Bourbon who will be evicted with all the rest of his parasitic family, enemies of the people.”

December 25, 2015
“The fucking mafioso king giving lessons from the palace, he’s a millionaire thanks to other people’s misery. Brand Spain.”

December 25, 2015
“The most disgusting thing about the monarchy is that while they are millionaires due to other people’s misery, they pretend to care about the people.”

December 25, 2015

“The Spanish Communist Party supported the Franco-imposed monarchy in the ‘transition’ while the Reconstituted Communist Party of Spain put their lives on the line to denounce the maneuver.”

December 27, 2015
“Thousands of old people freezing and without a stable roof over their heads while monarchs give lessons from palaces.”

December 27, 2015
“If it’s true that the people love the monarchy as much as the mercenary tv pundits say, let them let the royal family loose in the streets without bodyguards.”

“One more year with the mafioso and medieval monarchy insulting our intelligence and divinity with public monies. Incredible.”

December 29, 2015
“Faced with the terrorism of the State, we answer with organized neighborhoods (with an attached video of police charges in Lavapiés, a neighborhood in Madrid)”

December 30, 2015
“They call graffiti artists—but not the monarchy—a criminal gang. What a demented state.”

January 18, 2016
“The mafioso monarchy that gives lessons to countries where no one is thrown out of their houses.” (with an attached image of a cartoon with the former king next to a decapitated Saudi Arabian)

January 20, 2016
“They want to exterminate him like his comrade Isabel Aparicio. Everyone should know.”

January 21, 2016
“The Spanish Kingdom’s friends bombing hospitals while Juan Carlos goes whoring with them.”

January 21, 2016
“A member of the CUP speaking clearly against the monarchy while the United Left jokes around with this one at the Zarzuela [Spanish royal palace].”

January 24, 2016
“The fucker P. Iglesias joking around at the Zarzuela [Spanish royal palace] without recriminating the Bourbon for the atrocities for which he is responsible for.”

January 25, 2016
“While they say there is terrible tyranny in Cuba—a place with fewer resources which doesn’t evict people—they hide the mafioso business dealings between the Bourbon and Saudia Arabia.”

January 25, 2016
“No matter how many millions of euros they invest in manipulation, no matter how ‘untouchable’ they are, the monarchy will be remembered in history as the parasites they are.”

January 26, 2016
“The Spanish State giving weapons to criminals who are friends of the monarchy so they can bomb Yemen. Everyone should know. [With an attached image of the former king next to Saudi Arabian leaders.]”

January 29, 2016
“It is Saudia Arabia’s fault that the children in Yemen suffer like this. Ah, the democratic friends of the mafioso Bourbons [with an attached image of a child in an advanced state of malnutrition on a scale]”

February 7, 2016
“The police that jailed people under Franco and that now jail people as judges of the Nazi-onal Court.”

February 14, 2016
“Joseba Arregi tortured to death by the police.”

February 15, 2016
“Lowlife police say: ‘We’re watching out for your safety’ while, paid by you, they come to evict you.”

February 17, 2016
“In the ‘eviction-free city’ that Carmena promised, the police are attacking and detaining whoever fights against the evictions, right now.”

February 21, 2016
“[Barcelona Mayor] Ada Colau will not call the king a criminal for selling weapons to Saudia Arabia or for living a luxurious life by causing misery, she criminalizes the strike.”

February 22, 2016
“Police officers who kill your child, but are not punished, and on top of that, ask for money.”

February 22, 2016
“If I was Iñigo Cabacas’ father, those police who on top of it all ask for money for killing him would be on notice.”

February 22, 2016
“The police killed 15 immigrants and they’re little saints. The people defend themselves from their violence and we’re ‘violent terrorists, trash and so on.’ The police who ordered the shooting which led to Iñigo Cabacas’ killing, is demanding €777,000 from the family in order to open an investigation. It’s enough to make you…”

March 7, 2016
“The police sow racism and harvest rage. Who’s surprised?”

March 9, 2016
“Even the police agents who seem the nicest stop the people who are struggling and not those who exploit and plunder. They are not friends.”

March 11, 2016
“Yes, they do represent us. [With an attached image of Ignacio Várela Gómez]”

March 4, 2016
“The demonstrations are necessary but insufficient, let’s support those who have gone further. [With an attached image of Victoria Gómez]”

March 16, 2016
“The police are racist with immigrants and when they receive a blow in response, act like they’re the victims. Same old story as always.”

March 17, 2016
“Students responding to police brutality in the Basque Country.”

March 17, 2016
“Fighting for decent education means that the police will stop you and bash open your head with billy clubs. It’s happened again in Gasteiz.”

March 17, 2016
“When the police use their weapons against the oppressors and not the oppressed, then you can start telling us that they are our allies.”

March 17, 2016
“Today the police, enemy of democracy, bashed people’s heads open and detained young people who were fighting for a decent education [attached image with two Basque police agents taking away a detained, bloody youth]”

March 24, 2016
“No Guardia Civil agent paid for the 16 immigrants murdered by rubber bullets. Now call that democracy. [attached image of a dead body on the beach]”

March 31, 2016
“We don’t see you being such a drag about much worse damage caused by the imperialist bombings or police torture.”

March 31, 2016
“Mónica and Francisco received 12 years in jail for some damage to a basilica. The Guardia Civil, impunity for dozens of murdered immigrants.”

April 1, 2016
“Two years since she was exterminated by a torturing state, we remember her words. [attached image of Isabel Aparicio]”

April 1, 2016
“And that’s how it was, they ended up exterminating her. [attached image of Isabel Aparicio]”

April 1, 2016
“They condemned her to 12 years in prison for being in the propaganda apparatus of the PCE(r). 12 years with no armed struggle. [attached image of Isabel Aparicio]”

April 1, 2016
“Two years since Isabel Aparicio was exterminated for being communist, by the State which refused her medical attention in jail. [attached image of Isabel Aparicio]”

April 1, 2016
“No forgetting, no pardoning. What they weren’t able to do was kill your important legacy of struggle, you live much more than they do. [attached photograph of Isabel Aparicio on the PCE(r) logo]”

April 1, 2016
“They wanted to silence you by exterminating you and they will never be able to do it, because your voice carries the cries of the desperate [attached image of Isabel Aparicio’s gravestone]”

April 5, 2016
“The police who murdered Iñigo Cabacas not only go unpunished, on top of that they ask for money from his family. Reality is stranger than fiction.”

April 5, 2016
“New letter from political prisoner Victoria Gómez.”

April 7, 2016
“Juan Martín Luna, member of PCE(r), killed by police for defending our rights.”

June 1, 2016
“Antifascist activist explains the tortures inflicted by the police.”

August 1, 2016
“They wanted to exterminate you and they will never be able to do it because your voice carries the cries of the desperate. [image of Isabel Aparicio Sánchez’ gravestone]”

August 7, 2016
“The police kill with total impunity: Iñigo Cabacas, immigrants, etc. But Pablo Iglesias says they protect us.”

December 24, 2016
“One more year with the mafioso, medieval monarchy insulting our intelligence and divinity with public monies. Incredible.”

Catalan Political Prisoners Call on People to Vote for Amnesty and the Republic in Today’s Catalan Elections

The nine Catalan pro-independence political prisoners Oriol Junqueras, Carme Forcadell, Jordi Turull, Raül Romeva, Dolors Bassa, Josep Rull, Joaquim Forn, Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart call on the Catalans to vote en masse for “amnesty and the republic” in today’s Catalan elections.

They emphasize the importance of voting in order to challenge the Spanish state and to demand an end to repression “through amnesty and the return of exiles” to “face the democratic resolution” of the conflict between Catalonia and Spain.

The political prisoners also call for a future government that defends an inclusive project, in the service of social reconstruction and national liberation, emphasizing that to move towards this common goal they must build a shared strategy. “The repressive state powers always seeks to divide those who fight it. That is why it is more important than ever to maintain unity in diversity,” they state.

Some of the prisoners remind us that the elections in the current Covid-19 scenario force “citizens to choose between the protection of the right to life and the right to political participation,” which shows the “contempt” of the state for both institutions and Catalan society.

Spanish National Heritage Spends €500,000 per Year on the Maintenance of Three Swimming Pools for the Royal House

Spain’s National Heritage spends half a million euros per year on the maintenance of three swimming pools for the Royal House, according to revelations published by elDiario.es.

The 500,000 euros per year are spent on tasks such as daily cleaning of filters and hygienic control of water quality of the three swimming pools. The contract was awarded to Multiservicios Tecnológicos SA, which specializes in installations, air conditioning and cold rooms. In addition, 240,000 euros must be added for the maintenance of the building and its premises by the company Teodoro SA, cleaning tasks for the palace costing 893,000 euros and forestry services for the Palau del Pardo costing 140,000 euros.

However, these are not the only expenses that have been charged to National Heritage that are linked to the monarchy. This body, linked to the Ministry of the Presidency, has also paid for the compensation for the unfair dismissal of the crew of the yacht Fortuna, which former King Juan Carlos enjoyed until he decided to sell it; the maintenance of the house where his ex-lover Corinna Larsen was staying in Madrid, the insurance for the various luxury cars she received as gifts and the staff and security that accompanies the former King in Abu Dhabi.

In total, the Spanish monarchy costs taxpayers almost €2 million extra than the €8.4 specified in the state budget approved by Congress for this year.

50 International Personalities, Including Five Nobel Prize Laureates, Sign a Manifesto Calling for an Amnesty for Catalan Political Prisoners

50 international personalities, including five Nobel Prize laureates and UN dignitaries, have signed a manifesto promoted by the Catalan civic organization Òmnium Cultural calling for an amnesty for the jailed, exiled and prosecuted over the 2017 independence referendum.

The manifesto argues against the use of courts by Spain “to resolve a political crisis, and urges the Spanish government to end repression and to initiate sincere dialogue with Catalonia to find a political solution that would give the citizens of Catalonia the right to decide their own political future.”

Yoko Ono, Gerry Adams, Dilma Rousseff, Ai Wei Wei, and five Nobel Peace Prize laureates – Jody Williams, Mairead Corrigan, Shirin Ebadi, Elfriede Jelinek and Adolfo Perez Esquivel are amongst the 50 signatories of the manifesto calling for amnesty and the end of repression of Catalans by Spain.

This manifesto comes ahead of Catalan elections on February 14th, which are expected to see pro-independence parties securing an absolute majority with a strong possibility of obtaining over 50% of the total votes.

The Spanish Government Admits It Has Not Complied With the Investiture Agreement With the Catalan Pro-Independence Party ERC

The Spanish government has published an annual report of the PSOE-Unidas Podemos coalition government, admitting it has not complied with its investiture agreement with the Catalan pro-independence party ERC, and only partially with the rest of political forces.

According to the document, the Spanish administration considers that the investiture agreement with the Republicans — the creation of a negotiating table to resolve the ongoing political conflict between Spain and Catalonia — is still “in-process” at 0%, and predicts it will not be fulfilled before June 2021.

Regarding other political forces, the Spanish government affirms it has already complied with 32% of the agreements with Compromís, 29% with New Canarias, 22% with the Galician Nationalist Bloc, 10% with Teruel Exists, and 7% with the Basque Nationalist Party.

Thus, the only agreements not fulfilled yet by the Sánchez administration are those with the Catalan pro-independence movement, showing once again his clear unwillingness to tackle and resolve the ongoing political conflict by democratic means.

The Spanish Constitutional Court Rules that an Insult to the Spanish Flag Is a Crime

On Tuesday, the Spanish Constitutional Court ruled by majority that insults to the Spanish flag are no longer considered freedom of expression, but a crime.

The divided Court was only able to pass the ruling by a single vote, but it established that indignities against the Spanish flag are crimes as they are not protected by the right to freedom of expression. It did so by dismissing an appeal filed by the trade union, Galician Intersindical Confederation, which was condemned for an offense against the flag in using phrases such as “here I heard the silence of the fucking flag” and “you have to set fire to the fucking flag.”

The trade union alleged that their freedom of expression has been violated. However, the court considered that these expressions were without the protection of fundamental rights.

Five of the court’s twelve judges voted against the decision: Andrés Ollero Tasara, Juan Antonio Xiol Ríos, Cándido Conde-Pumpido Tourón, Encarnación Roca Trías and María Luisa Balaguer Callejón.

Prestigious lawyers such as Gonzalo Boye are considering taking the case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Sees It as Problematic that States don’t Follow UN Recommendations Such as the Release of Catalan Political Prisoners

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer, says that is problematic if states do not follow UN recommendations in reference to the Spanish State’s failure to comply with the resolution of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions calling for the release of Catalan pro-independence political prisoners.

The annual report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions of the UN, released in September, already recalled that Spain had not implemented its request to release seven of the nine Catalan political prisoners: Jordi Sànchez, Jordi Cuixart, Oriol Junqueras, Quim Forn, Josep Rull, Raül Romeva and Dolors Bassa.

The president of the UN Group, José Antonio Guevara, also insisted on the release of those seven political prisoners in the past and asked not to divert attention from this request, which he believed was “a most important issue.”

Spain’s Former King Juan Carlos Pressured the Spanish Government in Order to Receive Special Treatment

Spain’s former King Juan Carlos, who is currently under investigation for corruption and money laundering, pressured the Spanish government in order to receive special treatment, according to Spanish political figures.

In an interview for La Sexta network, the former Minister of Defense José Bono (PSOE) revealed how the former monarch pressured him to replace the then head of the General Staff of the Army Luís Alejandre. When Bono refused, the monarch personally directed a complaint towards the then Prime Minister of Spain José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero (PSOE), despite the fact that the Spanish Constitution declares that the monarchy and the executive branch must be separate and free of interference.

Juan Carlos also called Bono during the latter’s time as Speaker of the Congress (2008-2011) to thank him after certain delicate parliamentary questions were rejected before they could be raised in the House.

In another interview for La Sexta, Former Minister Margallo (PP) defended Juan Carlos against criticism and praised his intense patriotism: “I have never met anyone who has the love for Spain that Juan Carlos de Bourbon has, his passion for Spain is truly emotional,” he said.  Margallo asked that the reign of Juan Carlos not be judged based on alleged corruption and money laundering, holding that he was “key” for the consolidation of democracy in Spain.

Amnesty International Once Again Calls for the Immediate Release of Jailed Catalan Leaders Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sànchez

On Tuesday, Amnesty International called once again for the immediate and unconditional release of jailed Catalan leaders Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sànchez, thus bringing an end to the “injustice” they have been suffering for three years, during which they have been in prison.

The two pro-independence activists were jailed for their roles in the 2017 independence push, when they held a peaceful demonstration in front of the Ministry of the Economy. Both Sànchez and Cuixart were leaders of civic organizations, ANC and Òmnium, at the time of their jailing and were not members of any political party that carried out the 2017 independence referendum.

Amnesty considers their imprisonment “disproportionate” and that it “violates their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.” The organization presented a technical report in 2019 based on international law that points out the “vagueness” of the crime of sedition for which Cuixart and Sànchez were convicted and states that Spain’s state powers “have the opportunity to correct the effects of an unjust sentence against human rights.”

The writ was presented to the Prosecutor’s Office of the Constitutional Court, the Attorney General’s Office and the Office of the Attorney General for Constitutional and Human Rights.

After the publication of the report, Jordi Sànchez remarked that “freedom of expression protected him while demonstrating in front of the Ministry of the Economy on September 20, 2017” and that “his arrest, accusation, and conviction had no legal basis.” Meanwhile, Cuixart called on Spain’s PM, Pedro Sánchez, to “comply” with international law and act to free the prisoners.

Spain’s Police Names Newest Operation Against the Catalan Pro-Independence Movement After WW2 Nazi Battle Victory

The Spanish Civil Guard has named the new operation against the Catalan pro-independence movement “Volhov,” the name of a Russian river near the city of Novgorod, where the Spanish fascist Blue Division under Nazi command won a battle against the Soviet Union in 1941.

The unblocking of the river allowed the Nazi Army to consolidate positions and launch an offensive to the east, and so the Germans occupied the towns of Smeissko, Sitno, Tigoda and Petrovskoye.

Between 1941 and 1943, about 50,000 Spanish soldiers took part in several battles on the Eastern Front, all as part of the Siege of Leningrad. The Blue Division was a unit of volunteer Spaniards that fought in favor of Hitler during World War II, mainly on the Eastern Front against the Soviet Union’s Red Army. It participated in several battles, much acclaimed today by Franco’s supporters and the far-right ultras: Krasni Bor, the Battle of Possad and the Battle of Volhov.