Preliminary extradition hearing for Clara Ponsatí in Edinburgh

Tomorrow morning (Thu 12 April 2018) here in Scotland at the Sheriff Court in Edinburgh there will be a preliminary hearing for Spain’s request to extradite Professor Clara Ponsatí under the European Arrest Warrant. The Catalan Defence Committee Scotland have organised a demonstration of support outside the court on Chambers Street from 9.15am. Independence Live will be broadcasting live from the demonstration.

The full hearing will begin next week at the same court on Wed !8 April 2018. A crowdfunding appeal for the University of St Andrews professor’s legal costs raised nearly a quarter of a million pounds, most of it pledged within hours of the appeal going live.

Watch the scenes outside the same court when Prof Clara Ponsatí was released on bail on 28 March

Anti-Repression event in Edinburgh focuses on Spain and Catalonia

A series of events in Edinburgh, called “III Anti-Repression Forum” and organised by Edinburgh in Protest, will take place tomorrow (Sat 24 Feb 2018) in Edinburgh and will focus mostly on state repression in Spain and Catalonia. Spanish rapper, Valtonyc, was to appear at the forum, both as a speaker at the daytime discussion and also headlining the benefit gig in the evening at Edinburgh’s Henry Cellars bar.

Shockingly Valtonyc was sentenced to three and a half years in prison yesterday in Spain’s Supreme Court under Spain’s repressive “gag law”. Spanish judiciary ruled that the rapper was guilty of “inciting terrorism” and “insulting the crown” through the lyrics of his songs and he is therefore unable to travel to Edinburgh to attend this event. Continue reading Anti-Repression event in Edinburgh focuses on Spain and Catalonia