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Catalonia : Dot .CAT domain foundation issues statement on Spanish police raid

Fundació puntCAT, dot .CAT domain registry

Fundació puntCAT, the dot .CAT domain registry, has just issued a statement on today’s arrest of its director, Pep Masoliver, by the Spanish police:

The Fundació puntCAT wants to express its utmost condemnation, indignation and reprobation for the actions that it has been suffering lately with successive judicial mandates, searches and finally the arrest of our Director of Innovation and Information Systems, Pep Masoliver.

We are a private and non for profit foundation devoted to ensuring that Catalan – a persecuted and maltreated language – has its space in the digital world. We assist all our users with the greatest professionalism and we are a reference entity in Catalonia and in the world.

The show that we have experienced in our offices this morning has been shameful and degrading, unworthy of a civilized country. We feel helpless in the face of these immensely disproportionate facts.

We demand the immediate release of our colleague and friend.

We will continue to work for our foundational objectives as well as for the defense of freedom of expression on the Internet.

Today’s arrest was in relation to the refusal to take down .CAT domains hosting web sites in favor of the October 1st unofficial referendum, when Catalans will be voting for independence from Spain.

Some companies already ride on the coat-tails of this issue, offering free registration and hosting for .CAT content that is being persecuted by the Spanish authorities.


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