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NEED FOR POLITICANS TO BRUSH UP LANGUAGE SKILLS

Rayoy and Cameron are rarely without an interpretor when they meet

Even President Franco could speak English, albeit his speeches were usually read from scripts, but in this modern day era, when the language is increasingly used in political circles, a recent survey carried out amongst English teachers in Spain says that nine out of ten feel that current Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, wouldn’t pass a high-school English test.

Indeed three out of four of those surveyed go rather further in saying that the PM, who recently turned down free English classes, wouldn’t even pass a primary school English exam.

These are just some of the findings of Cambridge University Press’s latest study on the status of the English language in Spain.

There was one famous example of course which was well publicized at the time of Margaret Thatcher’s death last year, which cause the Spanish first minister to breathe an almighty sigh of relief.

He was due to hold a press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron in which his famously questionable command of the English language was sure to be put to the test.

But news of the former British leader’s death meant that Cameron had to leave Spain rather quickly and Rajoy was spared the need to display his linguistic skills.

The most he could manage in his first encounter with Cameron was to stammer out a few words in Spanglish. A video of him telling the British Prime Minister “It’s very difficult todo esto (all this)” has had thousands of views on YouTube.

But it wasn’t only the proficiency of Rajoy that was called into question in the survey.

Of the 1000 teachers working here in Spain from schools, universities and private language academies that took part in the survey over 90% criticized their politicians for a lack of English language skills while 88% of them said that the country’s politicians had worse English than any of their peers in the European Union. 94% said they had felt embarrassed when listening to Spanish politicians speaking English.

They said that it would take 15 years for Spain to bring these levels up to those of other European countries.

Cambridge University Press spokesperson Julio Redondas told Spain’s Efe news agency “We have a historical and cultural hang-up which is hard to shake. But many things can change over a generation,” said Redondas who said “persistence” was key to learning a language. “

But he highlighted that almost all teachers (98 percent) said that Spaniards were more aware of the need to speak English than 10 years ago.

But while the teachers criticize many of their leaders poor foreign language skills, some are veritable inspirations.

The new King, Felipe VI, is fluent in English as well as speaking excellent Catalan, French and some Greek while his father, former King Juan Carlos, who abdicated just 2 weeks ago, can speak French, Portuguese, Italian and English. The former president of the Madrid region, Esperanza Aguirre, is proficient in English and fluent in French.

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BENEFIT FRAUD TEAM IN SPAIN IS RECOVERING A RECORD £5M OF TAXPAYERS’ MONEY

If you suspect a benefit cheat in Spain, call the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) hotline on 900 554 440. Your call is free and confidential.

Top three cheats this year had claimed over £200,000

More than £5m of UK taxpayers’ money lost to benefit fraud abroad is now being recovered by Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) investigators in Spain.

The dedicated team in Madrid has investigated more than 1,250 cases of benefit fraud by British residents over the last five years, and works closely with UK counterparts to bring fraudsters to justice.

‘Abroad fraud’ is now the fourth largest type of benefit fraud, up almost 90% in the last three years – and Spain is the top of the list, with 769 cases investigated last year alone. The free and confidential hotline to use in Spain to report suspected benefit cheats is 900 554 440.

The top three benefit fraudsters in Spain who have been convicted so far this year had claimed some £217,000 between them. All three have now received jail sentences and been ordered to repay the money they stole.

Janice Purdie, 62, from Hove, this month pleaded guilty to over £130,000 of benefit fraud and received a 12-month prison sentence. She failed to tell DWP that she owned a property in Spain and had numerous different bank accounts whilst she was fraudulently claiming Income Support, Pension Credit, Disability Living Allowance, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit over a nine-year period.

Jimmy Rickner, 72, from Exeter, was this month jailed for six months for fraudulently claiming almost £50,000 of disability benefits and Pension Credit over eight years, when in fact he was living with his partner in one of two properties he owned in Spain.

Thomas Wadham, 73, of Aylesbury, falsely claimed £37,000 of Housing Benefit and Pension Credit between 2007 and 2010 while he was living in Spain. He was sentenced to six months in jail in January and ordered to pay back all the money.

The UK Government is taking more action to tackle abroad fraud by increasing the use of life certificates to stop fraudsters continuing to claim benefits when a claimant has died, and increasing data-sharing so foreign authorities tell the UK about overseas claimants.

David Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform, said:

“Benefit fraud is wrong both at home and abroad, and fraudsters need to know that our investigators will look into cases wherever they are and that their benefits will be stopped.

“We are toughening the rules to crack down on benefit cheats and recovering more money than ever as part of the Government’s long-term economic plan – clawing back a landmark £5m in Spain.

“But we know there is more to do and we are returning fairness to the welfare system to make sure it delivers for people in need and the hardworking taxpayer who funds it.”

Richard West, Head of DWP Fraud and Error Service, said:

“This is a significant achievement for our team in Spain and will hopefully serve as a warning to benefit cheats no matter where they are in the world.

“Fraudsters need to know that our investigators have the powers to track them down and that being overseas is no hiding place. We are determined to crack down on people who play the system, so that benefits only go to those who really need this help.”

If you suspect a benefit cheat in Spain, call the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) hotline on 900 554 440. Your call is free and confidential.

All fraudsters face either an administrative penalty or criminal prosecution and all must pay back every penny they have obtained, so that taxpayers’ money continues to help the people most in need.

Typical frauds committed abroad include claims by people leaving Great Britain after their claim starts, people failing to notify DWP before leaving the country or staying abroad for too long, and families who fail to report the death of someone living abroad permanently and continuing to receive benefits.

Abroad fraud totalled £82m in 2013/14, including £48m of Pension Credit, £11m of Housing Benefit, £8m of Income Support and £15m of Employment and Support Allowance. The total was slightly below the £84m in 2012/13, after rising from £55m in 2011/12 and £44m in 2010/11.

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DID YOU KNOW THE INTERVIEW FOR THE HARDEST JOB IN THE WORLD?

We may have ever thought that our work is tiring, difficult and that it leaves us no time to do what we would like to accomplish. If so, it is very healthy to see this spot, which has broken records on the Internet: It has millions of views, and above all, millions of excited answers.

It is a job interview for a position that is advertised as “the most difficult in the world”. What the candidate gradually discovers is that it is also “the hardest and sacrificed in the world.” Every day of the year, more than 135 hours a week, without rest and without time, sometimes, to sit and eat. .

The video announces, from the beginning, that this is a simulation. To do this, a fictional work station, called “Director of Operations”, was created and announced in the newspapers and on the Internet. Thousands of aspirants wanted to choose it. The interviews are real: they were performed with web cams, and were recorded by the advertising company. At the end, when the job was unveiled, the applicants were asked for permission to use their images.

As a result, we can see the reactions of the candidates. One by one, they change the expression as they know the terms of that fictional place: standing all day, constantly making efforts, and they are required to have knowledge of medicine, finance and culinary arts. The requirements sound so overly demanding that people even question whether that work is legal. Everyone agrees that such work can not exist, and describes it as “inhuman”, especially when the interviewer tells them the last two conditions: they will not be paid any salary for it, and they should not expect any thanks.

Applicants for the post surprised wonder who would perform such work, to which the interviewer replied that millions of people are doing it every day: Moms!. (Source: Publicidad y cine con valores.)

clementeferrer3@gmail.com Author and journalist Clemente Ferrer has led a distinguished career in Spain in the fields of advertising and public relations. He is currently President of the European Institute of Marketing

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ALLEGED BRITISH DRUG TRAFFICKER CAPTURED IN SPAIN

Mealey was arrested while out walking

A suspected British drug trafficker has been arrested in Marbella. Christopher Mealey, 38, from London, was captured following a joint operation involving the Spanish National Police, National Crime Agnecy (NCA) and Metropolitan Police.

Armed officers swooped this week while he was walking along the Paseo Maritimo – a popular beachfront tourist hotspot.

Mealey was apprehended on a European Arrest Warrant and appeared at the Spanish National Court in Madrid yesterday (Wednesday 25 June). Extradition proceedings are now underway.

He is the 60th fugitive to be caught out of 76 publicised through Operation Captura – a multi-agency initiative between Crimestoppers, the NCA and the Spanish authorities.

Mealey is wanted by the Metropolitan Police in connection with an investigation into the importation of millions of pounds worth of cocaine. His father-in-law John Reed and six others have already received jail terms totalling over 130 years.

Hank Cole, Head of International Operations for the NCA, said:

“Mealey thought he could evade capture by fleeing to Spain and using false identity documents but we were able to track him down. It demonstrates the NCA and its partners have the capability to pursue fugitives relentlessly.”

Inspector Olga Lizana, from the Spanish National Police Fugitives Unit, said:

“Cooperation between Spain and the UK on fugitive operations has never been better. This arrest once again demonstrates that sooner or later any British fugitives hiding out in Spain will be caught.”

One of the 16 remaining fugitives on the Operation Captura list is Daniel Bowes (see picture), who is wanted in connection with the same investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Staff, from the Metropolitan Police, said:

“We continue to appeal for information on the whereabouts of Daniel Bowes in connection with our long running investigation.

“We urgently require the help of the public both in the UK and abroad to trace him and we will treat any information provide to the Metropolitan Police Service, the National Crime Agency or Crimestoppers in the strictest of confidence.”

For people calling from Spain with information on Bowes, or any of the other Operation Captura fugitives, there is a Spanish freephone number – 900 555 111 – which is answered in the UK by Crimestoppers’ call agents. A translation service is also available for Spanish speakers.

People can also pass on information anonymously via a UK number – 0800 555 111 – and online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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FAME AND FORTUNE NOT ENOUGH FOR MODEL TURNED NUN

Oliveros has appeared in many high-profile advertising campaigns on TV and in magazines

While many of us dream of such lives, one young lady with fame and fortune very much in her grasp has recently thrown it all away for a rather more austere life in a nunnery.

Olalla Oliveros, a famous Spanish model and actress, revealed last week just why she hasn’t been seen on the catwalk in recent years.

After experiencing an ‘internal earthquake’ during a visit to a religious sanctuary in Portugal she has spent the last 4 years as a nun in the Order of Saint Michael.

Now aged 36, and still a regular face on Spanish television, Oliveros has appeared in many high-profile advertising campaigns on TV and in magazines and so it came as somewhat as a surprise to many of her fans when she revealed that she has abandoned her celebrity lifestyle and joined the Order of Saint Michael as a nun where she now goes by the name of Sister Olalla del Sí de María.

Sister Olalla has so far been reluctant to describe her exact motivations for the lifestyle change but told local daily El Diario Cordobes that the decisive moment occurred while she was visiting the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima in Portugal.

A photo on The Christian Post’s Facebook page showed Oliveros (second from right) looking radically different from the poses she took in her modeling days, wearing a blue sackcloth uniform and veil but no makeup.

“The Lord is never wrong. He asked if I will follow him, and I could not refuse,” she told the National Christian Register.

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DUTCH TURBO-ROUNDABOUT TO BE TRIALED IN ALICANTE

Anything that can make the management of roundabouts here in Spain safer for motorists and cyclists will be most welcome

Roundabout that encourages drivers to select exit before entering – and stick to it

It sounds like something destined for the future, but the fact is that the turbo-roundabout or turboglorieta is already a reality in several Spanish cities.

Devised by the Dutch to improve the capacity of very congested roundabouts studies show that they improve the flow of traffic whilst, at the same time, reducing the number of accidents.

Now the municipal group UPyD are proposing the construction of a trial roundabout in Alicante, starting at a location by the University of Alicante, where la avenida de la universidad, the A-70 and the A-77a converge.

The concept is simple but novel.

The lanes of traffic will have plastic separators, which will encourage traffic to stay in the appropriate lane, and encourage vehicles to slow down to do so. The layout also gives cyclists priority and means they are in the line of sight of drivers when vehicles exit the roundabout.

Although cars will be able to cross lanes, they will get a ‘bumping’ sensation reminding them to reduce their speed. The result is that lane changes and side collisions between vehicles are avoided.

The trial roundabout by the university is currently a major point of congestion, at certain times of the day suffering from major traffic jams. It is one of the most important junctions in the city.

At any one time of the year the University of Alicante has 26,000 students enrolled in addition to 1,259 employees and 2,331 administrative staff and scholars. This volume of people makes the junction a high-traffic location. The junction is also a connection point for the city with many northern towns of the province, including San Vicente from where many people travel into Alicante for their work.

“The main benefit of these turbo-roundabouts is to prevent traffic jams forming and therefore provide a much safer flow of traffic,” said UPyD spokesman, Fernando Llopis.

In an official statement presented to Parliament, the politician has asked the City Council to urge the Ministry of Public Works to make modifications and changes to improve the traffic flow at the University roundabout, with the turbo-roundabout as an interesting option study.

In Spain, there are already several cities that have this system of roundabouts in place. The first was installed in Grado (Asturias) in 2009 since which time they have also been implemented in Oviedo, Mallorca and Talavera.

They are a regular feature in the Netherlands, and have also been implemented in several other European countries, such as Germany and the UK where they are currently being trialed in Bedford.

And for me, well, anything that can make the management of roundabouts here in Spain safer for motorists and cyclists will be a most welcome benefit, as traffic islands seem to be a complete mystery to many Spanish drivers.

Amazingly, despite being the only country in Europe to have such a regulation, the authorities at the DGT continue to accept that the inside lane of the roundabout serves no legal or practical purpose and where it is quite correct for a driver in the right hand lane to turn left, often with no indication, the result often being the screeching of quickly applied foot brakes from vehicles travelling in the left hand lane with the intention of carrying straight on.

A reminder that whilst rules of the road are seldom enforced in Spain, they do exist and where, on a roundabout, the car in the right hand lane always has priority, even to the extent of completing a 360° turn, without need of any indication.

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RAJOY EXPRESSES GRATITUDE TO POLICE OFFICERS

The President of the Government laid a laurel wreath at the monolith in tribute to them and lit the memorial flame

Mariano Rajoy asserted, at the inauguration of the memorial to members of the Spanish Police Force who have died in terrorist attacks, that Spanish society “cannot and will not ever forget” those officers who have defended the security and liberty of us all.

The President of the Government conveyed the recognition and gratitude of the government and the institutions and people of Spain to the Spanish Police Force. “Spanish society cannot and never will forget those who were on the side of peaceful co-existence, those who have defended and maintained our democracy and those who have laid down their lives to guarantee the security and liberty of us all”.

Rajoy described honouring the 186 national officers, together with the injured and their families, murdered by “terrorist fanaticism” in a permanent memorial as an “act of strict justice”. He also pointed out that the title of the exhibition opened on Wednesday at the Memorial, ‘Victory of freedom: the National Police Force against terrorism”, summarises the role performed by this institution in “the fight against terror and defence of this essential twin pillar comprising liberty and security”.

International benchmark

The President of the Government highlighted that this work undertaken by the National Police Force “has led to results” and Spain has become a benchmark for all those countries that continue to suffer from terrorism. “This is another achievement you can all feel proud of, as you can also be proud of forming part of an institution with almost 200 years of service to your compatriots”, he stated.

In this regard, Mariano Rajoy stressed the “fundamental importance” of these police officers for “underpinning” democracy and peaceful co-existence. “Never doubt Spanish society’s pride in you because it is aware that you are the best defenders of justice, the law and the Constitution that we have all contributed to enacting, a Constitution that has given us the longest period of liberty, stability and cohesion in our history”.

During the course of the inauguration of the Memorial, held at the Centre for Higher Police Studies, the names of all those who have fallen in terrorist attacks were read out. The President of the Government laid a laurel wreath at the monolith in tribute to them and lit the memorial flame.

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PACHETA APPOINTED AS HERCULES COACH

Pacheta joins Hercules from Poland where he managed Korona Kielce

Following their relegation from Segunda A, the newly appointed Sports Director of Hercules CF, Dani Barroso, has made his first appointment at the club, the engagement of Jose Rojo, Pacheta, as the new club coach for a term of one year.

Pacheta joins Hercules from the Poland where he managed Korona Kielce, who finished 13th following his one season in the post.

During a long playing career the new manager appeared for both Espanyol and Numancia before going into management with Numancia, Real Oviedo and Cartagena from where he was surprisingly dismissed by President Paco Gomez following their promotion. He moved to Poland and Korona Kielce last year.

Barroso said he chose Pacheta because of his knowledge of Segunda B and because he is well used to working in ‘pressure’ situations, something that he will once again experience as he endeavours to get the former La Liga club back into Segunda A at the first time of asking.

The Sporting Director said that with the most important appointment now made the club can focus their efforts on preparing a team that is guaranteed to challenge for promotion to Segunda A, but that his staff will not be rushed. “I want to have better team on August 31, than I had on June 30, to after getting off to a good start in the new season we will need to consolidate our efforts and ensure that we gain promotion.

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LA MANGA CLUB SIGNS PARTNERSHIP WITH POWERLIFTERS

Powerlifting is coming to La Manga

La Manga Club continues in its efforts to position itself as one of the best sports complexes in Europe and is now turning to the sport of weightlifting.

The European EPF, European Powerlifting Federation, and IPF, International Powerlifting Federation, have both reached an agreement with La Manga Club to host their competitions and tournaments for the next 4 years.

Thanks to this agreement, the resort, and more specifically the Spa La Manga Club, where the training base is installed, will host the European Weightlifting Championship in 2015. It will also host other events such as clinics, workshops, training camps or concentrations team.

Jose Asenjo, Director General of La Manga Club says: “In La Manga Club there is room for all kinds of sports, from triathlons, golf, football and tennis to weightlifting, and thanks to such alliances, we can reach a much wider audience “.

With this type of agreement, La Manga Club will continue to promote speciality sports in the Region of Murcia.

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MAZDA MX-5 TAKES CONVERTIBLE AWARD

The World’s best-selling two-seater sports car is still acclaimed by fans and media 25 years after its launch

The World’s best-selling two-seater sports car is still acclaimed by fans and media 25 years after its launch. More than 113,158 units of MX-5 have been sold in the UK since 1990 alone and on May 15th the Mazda MX-5, was presented with the prestigious ‘Convertible Award’ at the 2014 honestjohn.co.uk awards, in London.

The awards are allocated to those vehicles that attract the greatest numbers of page-views on the honestjohn.co.uk website. The hugely-popular Mazda MX-5, which won ‘Most Popular Roadster’ in the honestjohn.co.uk awards last year, has continued to prove its lasting appeal to visitors on the site over the past year – as well as its ability to deliver sports car performance, without the price tag.

“The Mazda MX-5 has long been regarded as the most enjoyable and engaging open-top car, building up a huge following over the years,” explains Dan Harrison, Editor of honestjohn.co.uk. “So it’s perhaps no surprise to see it coming out as the most popular convertible on honestjohn.co.uk. Its combination of buzzy performance and superb handling, combined with an affordable price tag has clearly found favour among our users.”

Last month the Mazda North American Operations debuted the MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition during a press conference at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). A global announcement, this limited-edition automobile will be sold as a 2015 model. The anniversary edition was built not only as a tribute to the unassuming diminutive roadster that sparked a large automotive impact but also to celebrate every owner and car enthusiast it’s won over throughout its 25-year history.

“The original concept behind the MX-5 was so simple: to offer the pure joy of a lightweight sports car that moves precisely as the driver intends,” said Takashi Yamanouchi, chairman of the board, Mazda Motor Corporation. “While responding to increasing safety and environmental requirements, in the 25 years since its launch we have had to continually reinvent the MX-5 – far beyond a simple evolution – in order to stay true to that original ideal. The history of the MX-5 is one of changing everything in order to stay the same, a history of innovating in order to preserve.”

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YET ANOTHER FAMILIAR BANKING NAME BITES THE DUST

Christine Brady

First Lloyds announced it was pulling out of the Spanish banking market and that it had sold its branches to Sabadell CAM, which upset a huge number of its clients. Now its Barclays turn, Barclays announced last week that it was pulling out of Spain, Portugal Italy and France.

Barclays have said that these branches will be moved to a non-core business entity; this will become part of their planned “bad bank” which will eventually sell or close all of the £115bn of non-core operations.

“Bad banks” have been used by a number of institutions since the global financial crisis as a way of ring-fencing risky loans and assets.

The carve-up will give greater prominence to Barclays’ retail operations in the UK, its Barclaycard credit card arm and its African business.
“This is a bold simplification of Barclays,” said chief executive Antony Jenkins.

“We will be a focused international bank, operating only in areas where we have capability, scale and competitive advantage.”

So for all of you who Bank with Barclays you now know what the bank thinks of its loyal expatriate banking customers, they are placing you in a bad bank, severing their responsibilities to you.

My advice to you is if you use Barclays for your day to day banking and are happy leave your account as it is and see if Barclays manage to sell, if they don´t manage to sell and decide to close their branches they will give you notice so you can find an alternative then.

If you have cash lump sums sitting with them or investments (that don´t carry hefty redemption penalties) now is the time to consider moving them.
It’s not just Barclays; in February this year Norwich and Peterborough Building Society announced it would close its Gibraltar branch at the end of this year.

In January this year HSBC Bank International (HBIB) completely closed down its Isle of Man and Guernsey centres for international clients who are based overseas.

The list seems to go on and on, the sad truth is as stated in a previous article I wrote in the RTN in February 2014 is:

“The main reason for this is that Banks just don´t want or need YOUR money. According to the British press banks and building societies have built up a £130billion war chest of dirt-cheap cash. These intuitions have been stockpiling money and paying little or no interest on it as a result for the foreseeable future they don´t need to pay struggling savers any extra interest or work to keep existing clients.”

If you have been or will be affected by the above, there is no time like now to act, if you are unsure as to what is available and what option is best for you just contact me by email christina.brady@blacktowerfm.com or call me on 658 892 330 , or contact Dave Diggle (Costa Blanca South) on 615607278, or email dave.diggle@blacktowerfm.com and we will be more than happy to run through the options with you. Our advice is free so why not take advantage of this.

The above information was correct at the time of preparation and does not constitute investment advice and you should seek advice from a professional adviser before embarking on any financial planning activity.

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SOCIAL MEDIA USERS ARRESTED IN SPAIN

The new Citizens' Security Law, prescribes fines of up to 600,000 euros for unauthorised street protests

Despite the fact that the honour is usually reserved for human recipients, policemen who have been wounded or killed in the pursuit of their duties, Jorge Fernandez Diaz, the Spanish Interior Minister, last week took it upon himself to award the country’s top policing medal, the gold medal of police merit, to an icon of the Virgin Mary, in Malaga.

The outcome is that the Spanish Press have now dubbed the ministry ‘The Monastery of the Interior’ and if you would care to call up the website www.change.org you will find a petition requesting a similar award for Spiderman.

But this is not the only eccentric news item to appear in the Spanish media in recent days. We also had the headline surrounding the proposed Citizens’ Security Law, which prescribes fines of up to 600,000 euros for unauthorised street protests – and up to 1,000 euros for anyone losing their identity document more than three times in five years.

But despite her decoration, it would seem that the Virgin Mary has done a less than stellar job of policing Twitter in recent weeks – following the necessity of the anti-terror intervention by the Guardia Civil, a social media sweep that has incidentally been christened “Operation Spider”.

It would seem that the police have detained 21 social media users for allegedly “glorifying terrorism” on Twitter and Facebook. Fifteen of them were arrested in northern Spain, the regions of Navarre and the Basque Country, two of whom were minors.
Among the alleged glorifications of terrorism, apparently, was a tweeted map of the Basque Country, adorned with the Basque word for independence, a crime for which, if convicted, the tweeters and Facebookers will face up to two years in prison.

One of the Facebook posts complained that, two years ago, in the austerity stricken country, when banks prompted a surge in suicides, as they oversaw the eviction of over 500 families a day from their properties, the government took little or no action against the bankers, rather they protected and defended them.

So when did drawing attention to state hypocrisy become a crime?

This will mean that the two years of incarceration potentially facing tweeters is a full two years more than the amount of prison time faced by, for example, those torture-happy policemen who still openly wander the nation’s streets thanks to a post-Franco amnesty law, which took away any hopes of justice for the many victims of Francoist crimes.

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