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ERC, Junts, BNG, Bildu, CUP and PDeCAT have starred in a new controversy in Congress. All these nationalist parties have refused this Tuesday to use Spanish in an appearance in which they announced the signing of a manifesto against the “regime of 78”. For them, the State “is the padlock that prevents Catalan, Basque and Galician citizens from advancing in the” necessary “scenario of freedom and social justice”.

But the problem came when, at the end of the explanation, the journalists present in the room asked that the explanations be repeated in Spanish. “Everything is in the statement,” said the CUP deputy, Mireia Vehí. There was no further response despite the fact that all the deputies chatted to assess this possibility, which in the end was not given.

This controversy also occurs on the day that Congress commemorates the coup of 23-F, with a solemn act in the presence of King Felipe VI and the members of the Government. The pro-independence formations, on the other hand, have been planted and refused to attend this event. “We are forces that share the objective of a democratic break with the regime of 1978, which supposes the national and social denial of the rights and freedoms of our societies and our peoples,” said manifesto begins.

The journalists, after what happened, have shown their discontent. “We journalists are decorated,” said one of them while the deputies involved left the press room without answering questions, because they limited themselves to saying that it was an appearance, precisely, “without questions.”

“40 years ago, after the events of 23-F, a State operation reinforced and armored the pillars and values ​​of the regime established in the so-called Spanish democratic transition, with the figure of the King and the Army as its greatest guarantors. Pillars and undemocratic values ​​from which the repression, inequality, injustice, corruption, infringement of rights and the curtailment of freedoms are born, which are maintained to this day “, reads the text.

In this sense, they warn that while the Spanish State continues to be supported by the same political, judicial, police and monarchical estates as 40 years ago and the “right to self-determination” is not recognized and there continue to be “political prisoners, exiles and repression”, “neither will democratic normality exist, nor can this State be considered a full democracy.”

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Ahmaud Arbery’s family claim 3 cops ‘tried to hide killing’ on anniversary of death as mom says his death ‘still hurts’

THE family of Ahmaud Arbery claim three cops tried to hide his killing.

On the anniversary of his death his grieving mother says the loss "still hurts" and she still hopes for justice.

8Ahmaud Arbery was out jogging when he was fatally shotCredit: Alamy Live News 8His mother Wanda Cooper-Jones, says "it still hurts that I lost Ahmaud"Credit: Refer to Caption

Arbery, 25, was gunned down by Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael for the crime of jogging in Georgia on February 23, 2020.

The pair pursued him in their pickup truck, and their neighbour William "Roddie" Bryan joined them.

All three are charged with felony murder, and other crimes, and remain in jail without bond.

Arbery's family attorney today filed a federal lawsuit a year on from his death, saying the men who allegedly murdered him violated his civil rights.

The suit also claims that "troubled" police coordinated with the public over Arbery's death.

Lee Merritt, Arbery’s family attorney, said the decision to file on the anniversary of Arbery's death is both substantive and symbolic.

8The alleged murder of Mr Arbery was filmed and posted on social mediaCredit: AP:Associated Press 8His last moments were captured on a cell phone videoCredit: AP:Associated Press

He told First Coast News: "We wanted to let the [family] know that the community, their attorneys, the legal system is still going to be held accountable and that we’re still fighting for them a year later.

"They unfairly and prejudicially targeted the black man who was seen entering a property that many people were entering, they imputed criminality on [Arbery].

"And they had the opportunity to avoid this from happening to tell citizens that it is not appropriate to engage in vigilantism."

He said the suit is based on clear violations of the law by state actors and constitutional violations of Arbery. 

Merritt is asking the court to hold Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael, William “Roddie” Bryan, and the Glynn County Police Department liable for Arbery's death.

All three men have pleaded not guilty to felony murder charges.

Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, reflected on her son's death.

She told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "It still hurts that I lost Ahmaud."

8Gregory McMichael (left) and his son Travis McMichael allegedly gunned down Ahmaud ArberyCredit: AP:Associated Press 8Gregory and Travis, of Brunswick, Georgia, claimed he was the burglar that they were seekingCredit: Refer to Caption

His mother also said some days she doesn't get out of bed and it is "hard", but she takes some solace in the change that his death has brought about - for example, Georgia passing a hate crime law.

Wanda added: "Knowing that Ahmaud was possibly involved in change tells me he didn’t lose his life in vain."

She will spend the anniversary of her son's death with her family - as well as attending a candlelight vigil at New Springfield Baptist Church in Waynesboro.

In May 2020, a text message was released which showed a cop told a property owner to contact Greg McMichael if he had problems with burglaries.

The property owner has previously denied having any contact with any of the McMichaels, who had made several 911 calls after a string of burglaries in the months leading up to the shooting.

There was no evidence that Arbery stole anything when the McMichaels and Bryan chased him through the Satilla Shores neighborhood before his death, prosecutors say.

Merritt said: "What these men did, it should have been condemned immediately."

And Wanda said: "Ahmaud was killed in a very senseless manner. They didn’t care about it. They tried to cover it up.

"They didn’t value, they didn’t respect Ahmaud’s life. If these guys go to jail for the rest of their lives, it won’t bring Ahmaud back."

8Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed in Brunswick, Georgia on February 23, 2020Credit: Reuters 8His grieving mother her son was "killed in a very senseless manner"Credit: Getty Images - Getty

The attorney also said the police department demonstrated systemic racism due to its lack of action.

He added: "We went over 70 days without any real action in this case. And it wasn’t because of a lack of evidence."

A video taken on a cell phone that shows Arbery being shot was released, and it was only then, following public outcry, that the Georgia Bureau of Investigations got involved, Merritt said.

He added: "It honestly exposes a criminal justice system that undervalues Black life."

Merritt and the Arbery family are seeking monetary damages in court, but also systemic change to address racism within Glynn County.

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Merritt described the police department as "troubled".

He said: "Not only because of what happened to Mr. Arbery but shortly after his murder, the chief of police left his office in handcuffs along with some of his top officials."

According to Merritt, the complaint will likely be set aside while the criminal case continues.

He concluded: "It's important for the world to know that on that date, that even as we hold the criminals accountable, there's other people that should be held civilly liable, and that there should be additional consequences."

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