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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Spain's Political Dictatorship
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
The Monday arrests of key Catalan separatist activists Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart made world headlines, sparking widespread outrage.
Catalan President Puigdemont tweeted: "Spain jails Catalonia's civil society leaders for organizing peaceful demonstrations. Sadly, we have political prisoners again."
Catalan parliament president Carme Forcadell called the arrests an "atrocity," adding "dialogue means prison without bail" on sedition charges, a serious offense if convicted.
Barcelona Maor Ada Colau said Madrid's action is a "barbarity…a big mistake," making dialogue harder.
The Catalan National Assembly political organization released a statement from its president Jordi Sanchez, saying:
"What this act does is try to frighten us, to punish us, for defending freedom and for havi
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