according to the bbc website, carles puigdemont, the former president of catalonia who left spain last week immediately after the regional parliament declared independence from spain. puigdemont and his fellow parliamentarians have been charged with sedition, rebellion (and a few other crimes). never in our lifetime did we think that the head of state of a western country would be charged with sedition.
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according to the bbc 54% of catalans disapprove of the catalan parliament’s declaration of independence. 52% are in favor of dissolving parliament and holding new elections. a few weeks ago this later number stood at 46%. since the illegal referrendum held in september. *this post has been updated*
detailing the possibility of madrid triggering article 155 of the spanish constitution–suspending catalan autonomy and article 116–putting the territory under siege and giving madrid emergency powers. he also mentions the possibilty of trying government officials if the referrendum takes place..
a far right party in germany played bad cop/good cop this week. bjorn hocke (we in englilsh tend to remove everything that looks like an umlaut) a state representative from a state in the former east germany and frauke petry–one of the co-chairmans of the alternative fur deutschland (afd) party did that this week. hocke gave a nationalist speech that not only crossed all sorts of lines violating different unspoken codes in german culture but possibly also violated speech laws. you can read one version of what happened on the new york times website. the headline reads germany’s extreme right challenges guilt over nazi past. in an article from december, the new york times called hocke the posterboy of racism in germanyposterboy of racism in germany. one of the public TV channels in germany has the headline hoecke ist ein nazi.