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Catalonia orders local lockdown as Spain battles new virus surges

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#CORONAVIRUS update 7/15/2020: *Lockdown imposed in 160,000 people in Catalonia as new clusters erupt. *Victoria, Australia, report 238 new cases. Lockdown breaches blamed. *Florida records new daily high for Covid-19 deaths: 132. *Tokyo may raise alert.

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Roger Torrent, who is a leading supporter of Catalonia’s independence campaign, alleged the reports “prove what we already knew: that the Spanish state spies on its political opponents.”

Earlier this week, @elpais  and @guardian  broke the stunning news that the Speaker of the Parliament of Catalonia had been infected with NSO Group malware, a notorious cyberweapon nominally used for catching terrorists. 1/

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Some 160,000 people in the Spanish region of Catalonia have gone back into lockdown today as authorities act to control a local rise in coronavirus infections.

Catalonia's Government Orders Coronavirus Lockdown, Bypassing Judge's Ruling

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The leader of Spain’s Catalonia called on residents of an area that has seen a surge in virus cases to stay at home, despite a ruling by a judge who threw out a mandatory lockdown order for the district of 160,000 people

The leader of Spain’s Catalonia urged the 160,000 people living in an area where coronavirus cases have increased to stay home, defying a court ruling that rejected a mandatory lockdown

Speaker Roger Torrent is one of the most senior politicians in Catalonia; he is one of at least three pro-independence figures whose phones were infected with NSO's Pegasus malware (a tool also implicated in the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi by Mohammed Bin Salman). 4/


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Spain's National Police brutalize voters in Catalonia polling center (a school) today in an attempt to suppress #CatalanReferendum  vote.

Catalonia will declare independence from Spain in a matter of days, region's leader Carles Puigdemont tells the BBC

Government of Catalonia (7.5m people) holds a vote for independence on Oct 1. Spain's police+intel are trying to stop it. Do you support:

Police violence against citizens in #Catalonia  is shocking. The Spanish government must act to end it now.

I urge @Theresa_May  to appeal directly to Rajoy to end police violence in Catalonia & find political solution to this constitutional crisis.

The Spanish government is at war with democracy in Catalonia.

Solidarity with Catalonia! The Spanish government is at war with democracy and civil rights - and the whole world is watching ✊️

21st century Europe: Execution in Malta of activist exposing tax cheats. Racism triumphing in Austria. And political arrests in Catalonia.

Spain's says many images of Catalonia police violence were "fake" UK's disagrees

Do you support the independence of #Catalonia ?