JxCat, ERC and the CUP have agreed a motion for a resolution in Parliament which rejects the Supreme Court ruling on the ‘procés’, demands the freedom of the imprisoned independence leaders, condemns the monarchy and makes an allusion to self-determination, written in terms that seek to avoid its challenge.
The three pro-independence groups in the Catalan chamber have agreed on a joint text that includes a total of 15 points, in response to the sentences handed down last week by the Supreme Court against the leaders of the ‘procés’.
After the Constitutional Court warnings (TC) on the criminal risk of committing a crime of disobedience if the suspension of the Parlament’s agreements on the right to self-determination and the legitimacy of civil disobedience is not complied with, the pro-independence parties have sought a nuanced formula to refer to in your text to the question of self-determination.
The Parliament, points out the proposal of JxCat, ERC and the CUP, recalls that the Catalan chamber itself “has approved dozens of political resolutions on the right to self-determination since 1989 without this having been the object of persecution and censorship on the part of the State institutions. And it promises to continue doing so if this is the will of the deputies “.
The proposal “rejects the judgment handed down by the Supreme Court” -with sentences that JxCat, ERC and the CUP circumscribe to the “authoritarian drift of the State” – and “demands the freedom of political prisoners, the free return of exiles and the end of repression.”
Special mention is made of the case of the former president of Parliament Carme Forcadell, considering “a democratic scandal” her sentence to eleven and a half years in prison “for having allowed” that the Catalan chamber “could talk about everything.”
Without actually mentioning the riots of last week, the text underlines the “strictly civic and non-violent character of the independence movement” and warns that the sentence sets an “unacceptable precedent, from which all forms of protest, such as “trying to stop an eviction, occupying a primary care center or cutting off a street for a demonstration” could become a crime of sedition.
The three pro-independence forces accuse the State of seeking the “widespread criminalization of political dissent”, they warn that “the conflict between Catalonia and the State is of a political nature and, therefore, will not be resolved through the courts” and denounce the “censorship that the TC intends to impose” on Parliament.
In this sense, they argue that “autonomic powers cannot define the limits of what can be discussed in Parliament.”
In addition, they note that other regional parliaments “constantly position themselves on issues that go beyond their competence, even requesting the intervention of the Catalan institutions, without this being the subject of any challenge by the Spanish Government.”
In fact, they defend “the right of these parliaments to continue doing so, because the defense of the right to political representation and freedom of expression it has value especially when it is done for those who do not think like us “.
Finally, the proposed resolution, signed by deputies Eduard Pujol (JxCat), Anna Caula (ERC) and Carles Riera (CUP), urges the Government to “promote the political, social and institutional initiatives that are necessary at the national level, state and international, to achieve a democratic solution to the political conflict between Catalonia and the State “.
Torrent rejects censorship and enforcement attempts
For his part, the President of the Parliament, Roger Torrent, has stated that he does not intend to “censor” the deputies or the groups in the chamber for the content of their proposals, despite the warnings of the TC, and has stressed that he is willing to “assume the consequences” of this decision.
In a press conference this afternoon, President Roger Torrent has indicated that he will ensure “the right of representation of the deputies” and also “freedom of expression”, since “admitting censorship would mean limiting parliamentarism” and “muzzling ” to the camera.
“Enough of the attempts at censorship and to impose what can or cannot be spoken in Parliament!” Torrent claimed before reiterating: “I will not allow censorship to enter this chamber, I will not allow it to be limited and restrict the freedom of expression of the deputies “.
Torra: “We will go as far as the people want”
The President of the Generalitat, Quim Roast, has celebrated the proposal agreed by JxCat, ERC and the CUP and stressed that they will go “as far as the people want.”
He said it at the press conference after the Executive Council, in which he explained that this Tuesday he had been notified by the Constitutional Court about the consequences of promoting legislative initiatives on self-determination.
“It seems very relevant to me that the day that the TC notifies that you cannot talk about the right to self-determination, the Government talks about self-determination and that there are resolutions knowing that the Table (of the Parliament) is warned,” he celebrated.
“Let no one think that it will never forbid this country to continue advancing along the lines that citizens want. We will go as far as citizens want to go. Always on the side of defending the right to self-determination,” the president of the Executive has warned. Catalan.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.