It seems like every day there is a new headline, and yesterday’s is long forgotten. About ten days ago, there was a headline that I have not been able to get out of my head. A Spanish judge in Madrid had rejected the Catalan Vice President’s demand to be released from prison, where he is currently awaiting trial, on the grounds that he has not committed any violence, he has not asked anyone else to commit violence, but since he knows that insisting on voting will cause the State to commit violence, he is responsible for that violence.
Here you can read the Judge’s ruling in English and French. You can download them, read them for yourself, marvel at the legal gymnastics, and then forward them on to your favorite lawyer, jurist or civil rights activist and ask them to stand up for democracy in Catalonia, and also in Spain.
It is not ok to jail a strictly peaceful politician (or community leaders) who did nothing more than attempt to fulfill the platform on which he campaigned by exercising his democratic rights.