1. Ruling from regional high court in Andalusia about Vox's latest attempt to be right over its rally in Ceuta. The court had already certified that Vox had not appeared, but Abascal's party wanted to try to annul the hearing for lack of notification.
2. Vox provided “varied legal precedence” to argue they had not been notified of the hearing that they themselves had urgently requested. On the judicial level, it is solely a matter of fact: if Vox is right and they were not notified, the only option is to annul the hearing.
3. There was a rush because the rally called by Vox was going to be that same evening at 8:00 p.m. The Court ordered the hearing at 12 noon and that all parties be notified by telephone, the solicitor digitally by Lexnet system and prosecutor and state in writing.
4. Court officials made the phone notifications according to the court's order “immediately” and... and also requested additional documents from Vox's solicitor. Now, why might those additional documents be important in this matter?
5. Here it is: the additional documents the court asked Vox's solicitor for before the hearing in Seville, during the telephone summons, reached the court BEFORE the hearing at 12:00pm: “irrefutable proof that he knew of the telephone communication”.
6. Court waited 16 minutes for the Vox representative to arrive, until 12:16 p.m. but, “only the government representative arrived”. Vox requested the hearing, was notified of the hearing, sent along documents before the hearing, but did not go to the hearing.
7. In Catalonia, the ANC says that 96% of its members have approved the new strategic separatist roadmap, which includes “the unilateral option, understood as a constant challenge to the Spanish State, as the only possible way to achieve full freedom”.
8. ANC document is 27 pages long. “We internalize that we are an occupied country, that Spain tries to assimilate us and end our national identity in every possible way.” Organisation takes it for granted that the process will be “necessarily unilateral”.
9. ANC says it wants to “move towards making the declaration of independence effective”, insists that October 1, 2017 was a “binding referendum” and considers these last regional elections in Catalonia in February as being a plebiscite.
11. ANC: “We will give unconditional support to institutions in their strategies of confrontation and non-cooperation with the State, and we will be in the appropriate place to build and participate in simultaneous fronts of struggle, disobedience and confrontation...”
12. They're going to try again. ANC sees the Catalan Parliament as “the institutional spearhead” for achieving independence and proposes a popular legislative initiative with 50,000 signatures to create an Independence Act and “regain national sovereignty”.
14. While we're on the ANC, chairwoman Paluzie has tweeted about the pardons: “If pardons arrive, they will not be a success. In fact, they would be an intelligent political decision by the Spanish government against independence.” DO THEY NOT WANT THEM..?
15. Neither does Paluzie want an amnesty because “it would set the counter to zero but would not prevent any leader or activist who tried again from being condemned”. If she doesn't want pardons or an amnesty, what does she want?
16. “From realism”, she tweets, at the ANC “we remain determined with the struggle for independence”. The struggle. “It will be the Catalan Republic that brings amnesty to all those punished”. I don't understand where she sees realism in that phrase.
17. Neither the ANC's new “strategic” document nor the tweets from chairwoman Paluzie seem to lay out a scenario of peaceful constructive coexistence in that Spanish region, within the Constitution. They rather suggest that Catalan separatists will keep trying.
18. In parliament, Sánchez's right-hand man Ivan Redondo has said about the pardons that it is time for “brave leadership,” that he believes in “harmony” and “constitutional values” and that “no decision has been made”-
19. “I think that Catalans and Spaniards as a whole need to turn the page and we have to redo the ties of affection and rebuild the bridges that were blown up”, the Spanish government spokeswoman has said: “the will [...] is to open up a new era”.
20. Montero has again mentioned “constitutional values” of “harmony” and “coexistence”. She said she can't specify dates. In response to regional socialist García-Page, she said it is up to the cabinet to look after “that interest in harmony”.
21. Clearly the Sánchez government spin sheet on the separatist pardons is “constitutional values”. Here is the full text of the Constitution to search. The word “concordia” [harmony] does not appear once in the Spanish Constitution of 1978.
22. The word “coexistence” appears twice, first in the preamble, “guarantee democratic coexistence within the Constitution”, and then in Article 27, on Education, “respect for the democratic principles of coexistence...”
23. Everything indicates that the Spanish Government intends to pardon the Catalan separatists against the absolute judicial clarity of the Supreme Court and to appease Spaniards with “constitutional values”, one of which is not mentioned in the 1978 founding text.