‘It’s a coup’: Thousands protest power transfer from Barcelona to Madrid

People wave Catalan separatist flags during a demonstration organised by Catalan pro-independence movements ANC (Catalan National Assembly) and Omnium Cutural, following the imprisonment of their two leaders Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, in Barcelona © Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters

The head of the Catalan parliament, Carme Forcadell, has denounced Madrid’s decision to transfer the powers from the regional authorities to the central government as a “coup” as hundreds of thousands took to the streets of Barcelona in protest.

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Earlier, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said his government wants to dissolve the Catalan parliament and call a snap election to restore order in the region. He also said that the powers of the Catalan government would be temporarily transferred to Madrid, adding that the relevant proposal was already sent to the Senate for approval.

Madrid’s decision provoked a wave of outrage in the secessionist region as hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of the regional capital, Barcelona, to voice their discontent with the central government’s move.

Forcadell harshly criticized Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s decision to invoke Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution, which allows Madrid to intervene and impose direct rule on any of Spain’s seventeen autonomous regions in case they are judged to have violated the law.

She said that the prime minister’s actions amount to a de facto coup d’état and strike a blow to democracy.”

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“Prime Minister Rajoy wants the parliament of Catalonia to stop being a democratic parliament, and we will not allow this to happen,” Carme Forcadell said in a televised speech, as cited by Reuters.

“This is why we want to send to the citizens of this country a message of firmness and hope. We commit today, after the most serious attack against the Catalan institutions since they were restored, to the defence of the sovereignty of the parliament of Catalonia,” she said.

In response to the central government’s decision to transfer administrative powers from Barcelona to Madrid, hundreds of thousands of protesters flooded the center of the Catalan capital. Some 450,000 people took part in the demonstration, AFP reported, citing local police.

The massive demonstration, which initially was expected to be a protest against the arrest of the two leaders of the separatist movement detained by the central Spanish authorities on suspicion of sedition, turned into a show of resistance against the latest measures taken by Madrid.

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The demonstrators also banged pots and pans as they protested Madrid’s actions. The protesters were carrying banners against article 155 of the Spanish Constitution used by the central government to seize the powers from the Catalan authorities, as well as placards that read, “Free political prisoners.”

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The protesters waved Catalan flags and chanting “independence” and “freedom.” They also called for the release of Jordi Sanchez, leader of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), and Jordi Cuixart, of the Omnium Cultural Association, who were detained on the orders of Spain’s High Court.

The Omnium Cultural Association spokesman, Marcel Mauri, told the protesters at the rally that Madrid’s decision to take powers from the Catalan authorities had “destroyed democracy.” He also made a call in English for international support: “Help Catalonia, save Spain, save Europe.”

The protest was attended by the Catalan Prime Minister Carles Puigdemont, who was expected to make a speech later Saturday evening, along with Forcadell and Artur Mas, his predecessor as the leader of the Catalan regional government.

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Ada Colau, the mayor of Barcelona, also joined the protest to express her criticism of the actions of the central government.

Large police forces were deployed to the area as Spanish authorities anticipated potential outbreaks of violence during the demonstration. However, the protest has so far been peaceful with no incidents were reported.

‘Mentally unstable, armed with nukes’: US billionaire looks to impeach Trump

A US billionaire has launched a campaign, calling for the impeachment of “mentally unstable” President Donald Trump, who has brought America “to the brink of nuclear war.”

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Tom Steyer, an American billionaire and self-identified environmentalist addressed the public in a video released on Thursday. “He [Donald Trump] has brought us to the brink of nuclear war,” the tycoon said.

Steyer lambasted the current administration of the US leader as well as Congress, saying people there know that Trump “is a clear and present danger, who’s mentally unstable and armed with nuclear weapons, and they do nothing.”

“If that isn’t a case for impeaching and removing a dangerous president, then what has our government become?” he asks. The billionaire explained that he is funding the effort to demand that elected officials take a stand” on impeaching Trump.

In an open letter, Steyer goes on to say that Trump is simply lacking “fitness for office,” and notes that the question of impeachment thus “becomes a very real issue.”

READ MORE: US porn king offers $10mn for ‘smoking gun’ to impeach Trump

Steyer is the founder of Farallon Capital investment firm and NextGen America environmental political action committee which opposes the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

Earlier in October ‘porn king’ Larry Flynt offered a hefty sum of up to $10 million for any information that would help to remove Donald Trump, whom he called a moron” from the White House.

“Larry Flynt and Hustler magazine announce a cash offer of up to $10 million for information leading to the impeachment and removal from office of Donald J. Trump,” an advertisement from the founder of the Hustler pornographic magazine said.

Fearing Death, WikiLeaks Julian Assange Releases Password to Large Cache of Hillary Files!

BY NANCY HAYES

You can bet after the news of the Russian-Clinton-Obama collusion broke on Tuesday about all the extortion, bribery and money laundering, that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is feeling a little bit edgy. Afterall, Assange has been telling Americans for years Hillary Clinton was corrupt and evil, and colluded with the Russians.  Too bad not many Americans listened. Now more truth is coming out and Wikileaks Assange was right all along!

It’s suspected that Hillary Clinton could be on the verge of being totally exposed by the release of more compromising and revealing files held by WikiLeaks, based upon the recent posting of a rather cryptic set of letters and numbers on Twitter by founder Julian Assange.

Wouldn’t that be AWESOME?!

Clinton was recently in Australia to promote her book “What Happened?” about the 2016 election, and reiterated her belief that WikiLeaks and Assange — who she termed a “nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator,” according to the International Business Times — were in league with Russia and partially to blame for her electoral loss.

Assange replied via Twitter, “WikiLeaks has a pristine record for accuracy. HRC is not a credible person. The primary cause of her downfall was her own Machiavellian scheme to elevate Mr. Trump (‘Pied Piper’).” The tweet contained a link to Clinton’s interview as well as a link to latest WikiLeaks dump exposing Russian interests.

Less than 20 minutes later, Assange then tweeted what many believe is an encryption code or “dead man’s switch” that would ensure the release of certain files by third parties — or even automatically by a computer program — in the event of his being detained or killed prior to his own determination of when to release such files.

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About an hour and a half later, Assange posted one more tweet regarding Clinton that some suspect hinted at what the prior encryption code could be the key to unlock.

 “There’s something wrong with Hillary Clinton. It is not just her constant lying. It is not just that she throws off menacing glares and seethes thwarted entitlement. Watch closely. Something much darker rides along with it. A cold creepiness rarely seen,” Assange tweeted.
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Of course, the posting of an encryption code that could possibly unlock secret files revealing damning information about Hillary Clinton has fueled conspiracies, but the IB Times noted that Assange has posted such encryption codes several times in the past as a sort of “insurance” safeguard prior to a massive document dump.

Interestingly, a site known as The Duran documented a series of tweets from Fox News host Sean Hannity in reference to Assange, most notably one a week prior to Assange’s cryptic tweet that read, “T minus 7 and counting. Tick, tock” — quite possibly a knowing reference to an upcoming document dump.

Of course, we all know who Hillary Cinton hates the most next to Donald Trump and that’s WikiLeaks. Afterall, it was WikiLeaks that exposed most of her corruption to the public. Even though, if you asked Hillary Clinton she would insist that WikiLeaks is nothing more than propaganda backed by the Russians to make her look bad.

Hillary Clinton is such a pathetic liar!!!!!

Hillary and the Democrats used this whole Russian propaganda and all the fake news of the Russia-Trump collusion to deflect away from the real truth about the REAL Russia-Obama-Clinton-Mueller (and several others) collusion. Pretty sad that all of these Democrats would put money over America’s own national security. That’s the real and sick truth!

There is so just much disgusting swamp to drain in Washington, DC. President Trump can’t do it alone. The sad part is…this swamp isn’t just filled with Democrats. Republicans are just as guilty.

Speaking of guilty….when are the real criminals going to pay the price? From Hillary Clinton and her pay-to-play scandals to the Uranium One deal, someone needs to pay the price, other than the American taxpayers.  How does Hillary Clinton continue to be involved in these enormous crimes and NOTHING happens? It’s one filthy deal after another.

My gut tells me that until Trump can clean out the ‘Obama leftovers’ there will continue to be members of the swamp in his own administration. The drain is backed up and clogged with DemocRATS. It’s time to drain the swamp.

In the meantime, I would look for another WikiLeaks dump by Julian Assange to come very soon with more revealing Clinton documents.There are still thousands of deleted emails from Clinton’s private server that she refused to turn over to investigators that Assange could choose from. Let’s hope he let’s it all out.

You can bet that Hillary Cinton isn’t going to like it at all. Knowing her she is thinking of ways to stop more of the truth coming out from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Let’s hope Assange can stay safe. Lord knows Hillary Clinton has a long enough trail of bodies just in the past year…..from Shawn Lucas, to Seth Rich, Bernie Whisenant, Molly Macauley and others. We also know she already threatened to take Julian Assange out with a drone.

It’s time to put a stop to the Clinton corruption, don’t you think?

Maybe THIS was the ‘calm before the storm’ that Trump was referring to. We’ll all know soon enough. Tighten your belt folks…things are about to get interesting real soon….just in time for Halloween.

 

H/T Conservative Tribune

TRUMP ORDERS RELEASE OF JFK FILES

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By MICHAEL D. SHEAROCT. 21, 2017

WASHINGTONPresident Trump has decided to release a final batch of thousands of classified government documents related to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Mr. Trump announced in a tweet on Saturday morning.

“Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,” Mr. Trump said on Twitter.

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The release of the information being held in secret at the National Archives — including several thousand never-before-seen documents — was mandated to occur by Oct. 26 under a 1992 law that sought to quell conspiracy theories about the assassination.

Mr. Trump has the power to block the release of the documents, and intelligence agencies have pressured him to do so for at least some of them. The agencies are concerned that information contained in some of the documents could damage national security interests.

The president did not make clear what he meant when he said in his tweet that the release of the documents would be “subject to the receipt of further information.” A White House official did not immediately respond to emails seeking clarification.

It is not known what revelations might be contained in the unreleased documents, though researchers and authors of books about Kennedy say they do not expect any bombshells that significantly alter the official narrative of the assassination — that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in Dallas — delivered in 1964 by the Warren Commission.

But the documents are likely to “help fuel a new generation of conspiracy theories,” according to Philip Shenon, a former New York Times reporter and the author of a book about the commission, and Larry J. Sabato, a University of Virginia professor and author of a book about Kennedy, who wrote a recent article about the documents in Politico.

They wrote that the documents relate to what they call a “mysterious chapter in the history of the assassination — a six-day trip that J.F.K. assassin Lee Harvey Oswald paid to Mexico City several weeks before the president’s murder, in which Oswald met with Cuban and Soviet spies and came under intensive surveillance by the C.I.A.’s Mexico City station. Previously released F.B.I. documents suggest that Oswald spoke openly in Mexico about his intention to kill Kennedy.”

With the Oct. 26 deadline to release the remaining documents fast approaching, Mr. Trump had been under increasing pressure from advocates of transparency not to hold back any of the documents from the public on the grounds of national security.

Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, introduced a resolution in the Senate this month that urged Mr. Trump to make a “full public release of all remaining records,” saying that he should “reject any claims for the continued postponement of the full public release of those records.”

Conspiracy theorists have long clamored for what they hope will be evidence to prove that the government covered up the truth about the assassination. This week, Roger J. Stone, a friend of Mr. Trump’s, told Alex Jones, the radio host and conspiracy theorist, that Mr. Stone had directly urged the president to release all the documents.

“I had the opportunity to make the case directly to the president of the United States by phone as to why I believe it is essential that he release the balance of the currently redacted and classified J.F.K. assassination documents,” Mr. Stone said on Mr. Jones’s radio program.

Mr. Trump is no stranger to conspiracy theories, including those involving the Kennedy assassination. During the presidential campaign, he at one point alleged that the father of Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican primary rival from Texas, had been with Oswald shortly before Kennedy was killed.

“You know, his father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being — you know, shot,” Mr. Trump told Fox News in an interview in May 2016, as he battled the Texas senator for the nomination. “I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous. What is this, right, prior to his being shot, and nobody brings it up. They don’t even talk about that. That was reported and nobody talks about it. But I think it’s horrible.”

He went on, “What was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death, before the shooting? It’s horrible.”

Mr. Trump has at times dabbled in other conspiracy theories: He once seemed to consider the possibility that Justice Antonin Scalia had been murdered. The president has more than once spread the discredited urban legend about Muslims being shot with bullets dipped in pig’s blood. And for years, he was the most vocal purveyor of the falsehood that President Barack Obama was born outside the United States.