CDR activist arrested on “terrorism” charges

There has been a further escalation in the “judicialization” of the political crisis in Catalonia with “terrorism” now included in the charges against a grassroots activist arrested yesterday.

A few days ago the Spanish National Court warned that it would prosecute members of the many decentralised Committees for the Defense of the Republic (CDRs) in the wake of their recent actions of non-violent civil disobedience in Catalonia, which have caused disruption on some major roads and at toll booths. Yesterday a 34-year old woman and CDR activist, Tamara Carrasco, was arrested by Guardia Civil in Viladecans, a town near Barcelona airport as part of “Operation Maluc”.

The woman was detained overnight in the jails of the Civil Guard in Tres Cantos (Madrid) without any incommunicado detention measures and will appear on Thursday before a National Court judge on charges of rebellion and terrorism. An operation to arrest a second CDR activist in nearby municipality of Esplugues failed to locate their target and brought more than 500 local people out onto the streets in support of the CDR.

Condemnation of the “terrorism” charges has been wide ranging.

Supreme Court vs National Court in Spain

Yesterday the Supreme Court in Spain requested details of the prominent Catalonia-related cases currently being prosecuted in the National Court. Both courts are handling a variety of high profile cases relating to the same events in Catalonia: the referendum on 1 October 2017 and the declaration of independence on 27 October 2017.

Supreme Court judge, Pablo Llarena, is seeking to bring all the cases under his jurisdiction. Judge Carmen Lamela in the National Court was responsible for imposing the maximum precautionary measure, imprisonment without bail, on the 2 civic movement leaders and 8 Catalan ministers. Continue reading Supreme Court vs National Court in Spain