Spain enters a new era of political prisoners

Nine former members of the Catalan Government are now “banged up”, including former vice-president Oriol Junqueras. After 12 hours in court yesterday they were taken to the prisons of Estremera and Soto del Real. Except the former Minister of Economy, Santi Vila, who avoided detention, after resigning from the government prior to the vote and pay a bond of 50,000 Euro.

Judge Carmen Lamela ordered for permanent detention Sr. Junqueras, Jordi Turul, Raul Romeva, Josep Rull, Dolors Bassa, Meritxell Borràs, Joaquim Forn and Carles Mundó. Stating that there was a flight risk, criminal reiteration and destruction of evidence.

An international arrest warrant has been issued for Puigdemont and the 4 other members of the previous government who remain in Belgium. It remains to be seen if a Belgium judge will consider there is sufficient evidence to justify the charges of rebellion, sedition and embezzlement.

Thousands of Catalans expressed their shock and dismay and feel as though we have returned to the days of Franco with the internment of political prisoners.

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