The recent actions of the Spanish government indicate an escalation in the repression and the eradication of basic democratic rights in the EU.
There is no doubt that we are living the darkest days of the Spanish democracy since 1978.
In addition to the 4 political prisoners and the high profile detention of CarlesPuigdemont, 5 more democratically elected politicians have been thrown in jail (Jordi Turull, JosepRull, RaülRomeva, DolorsBassa and Carme Forcadell) and 7 are in exile under threat of imprisonment (Marta Rovira, Anna Gabriel, Clara Ponsatí, Toni Comín, MeritxellSerret and LluisPuig).
Those in exile are being hounded through the use of European Arrest Warrants issued under the auspices of the European Union. We write to demand their immediate release, and to demand immediate action from the European Union to stop this repression, which represents an indelible and permanent stain on European democracy.
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