Thousands of people have gathered today at the gates of Parliament in an act called by sovereign platforms to demand the freedom of “political prisoners”, after the imprisonment of the former vice president of the Generalitat Oriol Junqueras and seven other dismissed government councilors.
The sovereign organizations ANC and Òmnium have convened at 7:00 p.m. concentrations in front of all the town councils of the capital of the region and the Parliament to protest against the decision of the judge of the National Court Carmen Lamela, who has sent to prison without bail Junqueras and the former councilors Jordi Turull, Josep Rull, Meritxell Borràs, Raül Romeva, Carles Mundó, Dolors Bassa, Joaquim Forn and Santi Vila, the latter until a deposit of 50,000 euros is posted.
In Barcelona, thousands of people remain in front of the Parliament, chanting slogans such as “It is Puigdemont, our president”, “You are not alone”, “General strike”, “Our government, our parliament”, “Independence” and “Political prisoners, freedom”, as well as chants of “independence” and the anthem of Catalonia, “The laborers”.
The organization has installed a stage, presided over by a large wake, from which it is expected that the authorities will address the concentrates.
The Mossos d’Esquadra are guarding the Parlament building, which remains closed and protected at its main entrance inside the Ciutadella park by a cordon of protective fences.
Among those attending the rally are for the moment the former presidents of the Parliament Núria de Gispert and Joan Rigol; the current leaders of the ANC, Agustí Alcoverro, replacing the imprisoned Jordi Sánchez, and Òmnium Cultural, Marcel Mauri, who relieved Jordi Cuixart after his imprisonment, as well as the Republican Alfred Bosch; the leader of Podem in Catalonia, Albano Dante-Fachín; the Deputy Mayor of Barcelona City Council Jaume Asens; and the UGT leader in Catalonia, Camil Ros.
A ‘great demonstration’ against incarcerations
The main Catalan sovereign entities, grouped in the Crida per la Democràcia platform, have called for a week of protests and a demonstration on November 12 by the unconditional prison order for the vice president of the Government Oriol Junqueras and seven councilors dismissed.
The judge of the National Court Carmen Lamela has decreed unconditional imprisonment without bail for the former Catalan vice president Oriol Junqueras and for seven former councilors, while she has imposed a bail of 50,000 euros on the former Santi Vila company minister to be able to get out of jail.
In addition to Junqueras, the ex-councilors are going to prison investigated for rebellion, sedition and embezzlement Jordi Turull (Presidency), Josep Rull (Territory), Meritxell Borràs (Government), Raül Romeva (International Affairs), Carles Mundó (Justice), Dolors Bassa (Labor) and Joaquim Forn (Interior).
According to Crida per la Democràcia in a statement, “it is intolerable that representatives of the legitimate government are imprisoned”, which is why it has decided “to start a week of peaceful and civic actions throughout the country, which will end in a large demonstration on Sunday. 12th of November”.
At 10:00 pm today the “caceroladas” will restart. that had taken place before and after the referendum of October 1, according to the Crida a la Democràcia in its announcement of convocation.