Can’t tell the players without a scorecard.
Catalonia’s elected officials are either in jail or in exile, after their legislature voted for independence. (for the paper dolls, scroll to the bottom.)
Carmen Lamela, or Carmen Lamela Díaz, is the judge who put them there. She is the judge in Spain’s national court who ordered the arrests. Here she is, pouting, in a legalistic piece from Catalan News Monitor. There is a recall petition (in Spanish) on change.com with 146,880 signatures.
And here she is via Twitter with the caption “Spanish judge, Carmen Lamela, recently decorated by spanish armed Police and Guardia Civil had also jailed former President of Barça”. This would likely refer to Sandro Rosell, former president of Barcelona Football Club. The dude jogging her elbow in the photo would appear to be interior minister Juan Ignacio Zoido, who has given her some kind of award. The venue for the Catalan sedition case was changed to her jurisdiction after originally being given to Ismael Moreno, not sure if this infers a little judge-shopping.
Her Spanish Wikipedia article is about two weeks old and the English Wikipedia article is a stub that no one seems very interested in. If Catalonia succeeds in their independence movement, she will probably get a footnote in history, no doubt with parallels to fascism as a judge who tried to invoke a Franco-era law, but at this point nobody seems to consider her to be much of a player. Rating: zero paper dolls.
Okay, now for who was indicted.
Judge Lamela ordered 9 former Catalonia officials jailed. Who are they?
Here are a set of clues:
- Charges were filed against 14 Catalan leaders, including Carles Puigdemont and his deputy, Oriol Junqueras.
- Carles Puigdemont did not appear in court. An international warrant was issued for his arrest. (Puigdemont, the former president of Catalonia, and four other ex-Cabinet members are in Belgium.)
- An unnamed person was granted bail at $58,300
Another clue: they were not the same as the 14 top Catalan government officials arrested on September 21 in connection with the independence referendum. In that vote, 90 percent voted for independence, the turnout was 42.3 percent. Spain closed polling places and seized ballot boxes.
Also, this was not the same as the two leaders arrested Oct 16, Jordi Sanchez of the Catalan National Assembly, and Jordi Cuixart of Omnium Cultural.
So much for the Western press.
Ah here we go, from some humble blog we find the names and pics:
- Oriol Junqueras, deputy regional president of Catalunya
- Josep Rull, minister for land and housing
- Joaquim Forn,
- Dolors Bassa, employment
- Carles Mundó, justice
- Jordi Turull, presidential affairs
- Meritxell Borràs, governing
- Santiago Vila,
business; granted bail of €50,000. Vila resigned before the independence referendum, and left the prison after spending only one night there.
Here they are walking down the street, about to be arrested:
And taken away by “Guardia Civil”, claimed to be the first such arrests in 80 years, since the Franco era:
And the ministers with Puigdemont in Belgium? Again local press:
- Clara Ponsatí, this woman is an economist with a PhD from the U of M (bio)
Antoni Comín, whose father was a key figure in the anti-Franco movement; is openly gay and lives with his domestic partner Sergi Corbera and their adopted daughter. (bio in Spanish)
Lluís Puig (Lluís Puig i Gordi) all about traditional dance and cultural festivals, replaced Santi Vila, who is now out on bond, as cultural minister, who in turn replaced Jordi Baiget as business minister (bio in Catalan)
Ooh, what a collection of scoundrels Spain has unearthed. Folk dancing! Organic vegetables!! A veritable rogues gallery!!!1!
But you have to sit through interminable local videos in order to get any real information about what is going on. Any local politicians who are still out of jail are outraged. Outdoor concerts have been cancelled in protest of the arrests. Demonstrations are called for Nov. 11, and a national strike is called for Nov. 8 by the union El Sindicat del Si and the Catalan National Assembly.
And what about our Carme Forcadell, former speaker of the now-dissolved Parliament?
- On Oct. 29, she goes to work.
- On Nov. 2 at 9:40 am she arrives at Spain’s Supreme Court for questioning, one of 20 former Catalan lawmakers that have been summoned by two courts. Five of the 20 are in Brussels. At 10:50 a.m., Spain’s Supreme Court suspended until next week the questioning of six Catalan lawmakers including regional parliament speaker Carme Forcadell. Twenty? Six? Okay, we really don’t want to know.
- And Nov. 3 she goes to work again, this time employees are waiting with an ovation.
And here we finally find the press on this via Carme’s Twitter feed: http://www.elnacional.cat/ca/politica/preso-junqueras-consellers_208431_102.html with Carme’s comment:
“Envien a la presó el govern democràticament escollit. Injust. Indecent. Estem amb vosaltres i les vostres famílies.” (The government democratically elected is sent to jail. Unjust. Indecent. We are with you and your families. )