The president Carles Puigdemont He has criticized the preventive detention of eight of his former councilors imposed by the National High Court and has accused the Spanish constitutional parties of wishing them jail.
“The legitimate government of Catalonia imprisoned for its ideas and for having been loyal to the mandate approved by the Parliament of Catalonia,” Puigdemont wrote in a message on the social network Twitter.
“The furious clan of 155 wants us in prison. The serene clamor of the Catalans is for freedom,” he added in a second message, also in Catalan, illustrated with a photograph of an independence rally.
After his admission to prison was agreed, Oriol Junqueras has published the following message on his Twitter account: “Do everything in your power every day so that good defeats evil at the polls on 21D. Stand up, with determination and until victory” is the message posted on his account after his admission to prison was agreed. .
In the account of the Minister of Territory, Josep Rull, a tweet has been published with a photograph in which he appears voting in the referendum on October 1. “If you see this tweet it is that they have jailed me for being faithful to the polls,” he says.
The dismissed Minister of International Affairs, Raül Romeva, states on his Twitter account: “We chose the path of democracy and we will never abandon it. Let’s meet again on December 21. Let’s overflow the ballot boxes“.
The dismissed Minister of Health, Antoni Comin, is one of the members of the Government who are in Brussels with President Carles Puigdemont. This has been his message on Twitter: “We will not rest until we return your freedom. Your courage will be, from today, the most powerful engine of our struggle, which is the struggle for democracy, justice and dignity.”
In a note on his Twitter account, ERC he stressed that democracy is imprisoned but “it is impossible to imprison freedom.”
The party of Junqueras and the former councilors Carles Mundó and Dolors Bassa has affirmed: “Today they imprison the legitimate Government of Catalonia. Today they imprison democracy. But they do not know that it is impossible to imprison freedom!”.
The former deputy of the CUP Carles Riera has advocated calling a general strike as soon as possible and for the citizens to maintain a “massive and continued mobilization” until the release of the dismissed Government and the president of the ANC, Jordi Sànchez, and of Òmnium Cultural, Jordi Cuixart.
He considers that with the incarcerations of this Thursday it has been confirmed that “there has been a political trial without guarantees that shows that there is no separation of powers or democracy” in Spain.
“Justice is at the service of the interests of the State and its accomplices, such as Cs and the PSOE”, has deplored, and has claimed that the only legitimate Government of Catalonia is the one that is being tried in the National Court.
The Scottish Chief Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has considered that it is “erroneous” to dictate prison sentences to “elected leaders”.
“Regardless of the opinion on Catalonia, the imprisonment of elected leaders is wrong and should be condemned by all democrats,” the head of the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) said on Twitter.
For Sturgeon, “the disagreement about the future of Catalonia is political” and must be resolved “democratically, not by imprisoning political opponents.”
The President of Parliament, Carme Forcadell, has criticized the imprisonment of members of the Catalan Government, which he stressed has been “democratically elected”, and has described the measure as “unfair” and “indecent”.
Forcadell has also launched a message of support to the imprisoned councilors and their families.
The former Speaker of Parliament Núria de Gispert has charged against the National Court: “You are scoundrels of the extreme right,” he snapped.
“You have made a very summary judgment of the legitimate Government of Catalonia. You are vile,” wrote the predecessor of Carme Forcadell in the Presidency of the Catalan Chamber on her Twitter account.
In another ‘tweet’, De Gispert has shown his support for the ceased Government of the Generalitat: “We are with you and your families. We are stunned, devastated, sad and outraged.”
The mayoress of Barcelona, Ada Colau, has asked to make a “common front to achieve the freedom of political prisoners” on a day that he has described as a “black day for Catalonia”.
“Black day for Catalonia. The Government democratically chosen at the polls, to jail. A common front is necessary to achieve the freedom of political prisoners,” he wrote on Twitter.
He has also claimed that without amnesty and with the application of Article 155 “it is impossible to return to normality.”
PP, PSC and Ciudadanos respect imprisonment
Meanwhile, the PP ensures that “in Spain there is a separation of powers” and, therefore, it is necessary to “assume and abide by” the judges’ decisions.
“The field of justice is parallel and does not intersect at any time with political decisions,” said the leader of the Catalan PP, Xavier García Albiol.
The PSC He also says that he respects and abides by the decision of the National High Court, although he sees the measure “disproportionate.”
“Today is a sad day for Catalonia and Spain. The Catalan socialists will continue working to recover the ‘seny’ and the path of dialogue, negotiation and pact” within the legality and the rule of law, underlines the PSC in a statement.
The leader of Citizens In Catalonia, Inés Arrimadas, has also shown respect for the judicial decision that has led eight dismissed councilors to jail and has urged a return to normality with the 21-D elections.
Arrimadas has said that “judges have to apply the law and politicians have to do politics.”
The Secretary General of Podemos, Pablo IglesiasHe has confessed to being ashamed after hearing the order of the National Court and has asked for “freedom” for those he has described as “political prisoners.”
“I am ashamed that in my country opponents are imprisoned. We do not want the independence of Catalonia but today we say: freedom for political prisoners,” Iglesias wrote on his Twitter profile.
Criticisms of Urkullu and Barkos
The Lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, has considered that the imprisonment of the seven dismissed councilors is “absolutely disproportionate” and reveals that “there is a lack of absolute political intelligence in the Spanish State.”
In statements to journalists during the institutional visit that he is taking this week to the Canadian cities of Quebec, Montreal and Ottawa, Urkullu has considered that this judicial decision is “the worst that could have been taken” because it could be “counterproductive”.
“Today I have the worst of the feelings I had regarding the judicialization of politics and the application and execution of Article 155 of the Constitution,” said Urkullu, who believes that “the most serious thing” is that this also denotes “that there is a politicization of justice “because the Attorney General’s Office depends on the Government of Spain.
For her part, the President of the Government of Navarra, Uxue Barkos, has stated that he cannot believe that “imprisoning the Government is the answer” to the situation in Catalonia.
“From respect for the law, I cannot believe that imprisoning the Government is the answer. Today more than ever my commitment to politics and dialogue,” said the president of the provincial government in a message posted on Twitter.
The general coordinator of EHBildu, Arnaldo Otegi, has said that regarding the imprisonment by the Catalan Government that “we Basques should not lose sight of the fact that the involution in the State is under way” and “it will not stay in Catalonia, but that it will affect our country “.
Otegi added that what happened did not surprise him, on the one hand, because “we know well how the National Court works,” and on the other, because “since Felipe VI gave the speech, what he did was discipline a reactionary bloc that seeks the defeat of independence and democracy. “
Otegi has warned that “we Basques should not lose sight of the fact that the involution in the State is underway under the aegis of Felipe VI, PP, PSOE, Citizens, the media, the Catholic Church and the CEOE, and He has come to stay. To defend Catalonia is to defend ourselves, because the counter-reform is not going to stay only in Catalonia but it is going to affect our country. “
For its part, the PNV has condemned as “disproportionate” the prison order against the members of the Catalan Government that was dismissed and has requested the dismissal of the State Attorney General, José Manuel Maza, because “instead of helping to promote solutions to a political conflict has become an active agent of its aggravation “.
The person in charge of Institutional Relations of the PNV, Koldo Mediavilla, has also advanced that the PNV is going to re-analyze whether or not it attends the demonstration called for next Saturday in Bilbao against the application of article 155 in Catalonia by EH Bildu, the nationalist unions and Gure Esku Dago.
Today, the president of the PNV, Andoni Ortuzar, had announced that they would not participate, but in view of the prison order, the PNV is going to rethink whether to attend or not.
EH Bildu leaves the plenary session of the Basque Parliament
The parliamentarians of EH Bildu have left the plenary session of the Chamber of Gasteiz this afternoon when the president of the Parliament, Bakartxo Tejeria, and the rest of the spokesmen of the groups oppose the session to suspend the session after knowing the unconditional imprisonment dictated for several dismissed councilors.
Before beginning the debate on one of the last points of the plenary session held today by the Chamber, the parliamentary spokesperson for EH Bildu, Maddalen Iriarte, has taken the floor from his seat to describe as “very serious” the decision of the judge of the National Court Carmen Lamela.
Iriarte has asked the president of the Chamber to suspend the plenary session and the immediate convocation of the Board of Spokespersons to study the possibility of reaching a consensus on a statement against said judicial decision.
The parliamentarian of the sovereignist coalition has insisted on the seriousness of the events and has warned that the unconditional prison decree “has influence in this Parliament” because “it can also happen here.”
The president of the Chamber has recognized that the judge’s decision is “something serious” but before making the decision to suspend or not the plenary session, she has given the floor to the rest of the spokesmen of the groups to know their opinion.
None of the spokespersons has deemed it appropriate to suspend the plenary session, although all of them have been in favor of convening the Board of Spokespersons to analyze the matter.
The PNV spokesperson, Joseba Egibar, has recognized the “seriousness” of the events but has not considered it necessary to paralyze the plenary session.
Faced with this situation, the EH Bildu parliamentarians have left their seats and left the plenary hall.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.