The dismissed vice president of the Generalitat of Catalonia and ERC leader, Oriol Junqueras, has thanked the support received after the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court has agreed this Friday to maintain the provisional prison measure that weighs on him: “Transform indignation into courage and perseverance.”
“Persist because I will persist”, has expressed in a note on his Twitter account, and has also asked for strength and unity to be maintained.
“In these days to come, stay strong and united. Turn indignation into courage and perseverance. Anger into love. Always think of others. What we have to do again. Persist because I will persist. Thank you for all your support. I want “, has expressed.
“In these days to come, stay strong and united. Transform indignation into courage and perseverance. Anger into love. Always think of others. What we need to redo. Persist because I will persist. Thank you for all your support. I love you. “
– Oriol Junqueras (@junqueras) January 5, 2018
ERC will go to European justice
For his part, the ERC spokesperson, Sergi Sabrià, has regretted “deeply” the decision of the Supreme. In several notes on Twitter, he has stated that “the preventive prison is not legally supported”, and has explained that the decision does not surprise them because, again, it has been anticipated earlier by the media than by judicial means.
Sabrià has warned that his party will not stop trying to get Junqueras out of jail, and has announced that they will take the case to European justice: “We will continue to fight and we will take it to European authorities so that Junqueras can return.”
¿[VÍDEO] @sergisabria: “We deeply regret the decision to keep @junqueras the prison. We will continue to fight and take it to European instances so that the #Vice President can come back ” # FreedomPoliticalPrisoners pic.twitter.com/AZEb1cd9Or
– Esquerra Republicana (@Esquerra_ERC) January 5, 2018
Junqueras’ lawyer accuses the Supreme Court of creating the “alternative reality”
On the other hand, Oriol Junqueras’ lawyer, Andreu Van den Eynde, has accused the Supreme Court of forcing reality in the car in which he refuses to release him, creating an “alternative reality” in which Junqueras would be a violent person and instigator of violence.
In statements this Friday after the decision of the High Court, the lawyer has considered that the order that keeps him in prison is materially a sentence: “Declare someone guilty in a procedure that has not even begun”.
Puigdemont: “They are no longer political prisoners, they are hostages”
The president of the Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, has criticized the Supreme Court’s decision and lamented that there are still four sovereign leaders in prison: “They are no longer political prisoners, they are hostages.”
In a note on Twitter after learning about the High Court’s decision, Puigdemont assures that the independence movement has always opted for the “peaceful way” and that the only answer it has found is jail for its leaders.
There is a conflict to be resolved between Catalonia and Spain. We have always been committed to peace and dialogue. The polls have spoken 3 times unequivocally. Despite this @junqueras is detained in Estremera. And the Jordis. And Quim. They are no longer # political prisoners, they are hostages pic.twitter.com/zpv3tb73yX
– Carles Puigdemont (@KRLS) January 5, 2018
Urkullu defends the “political routes” against the “penal ones”
Finally, the Lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, has expressed his “respect” for the Supreme Court’s decision, although he has reiterated that the future of that autonomous community must be addressed through “political means”, not through “judicial or criminal” procedures.
Urkullu, through a message on his profiles on the main social networks, shows his “respect” for the decision of the Supreme Court magistrates, although he maintains the “hope” that, before the constitution of the Parliament and the sessions of investiture of the next Catalan president, “favorable decisions are adopted to address the future of Catalonia from political channels; and not from judicial channels and, even less, criminal ones”.
A new stage of political negotiation in Catalonia
– Iñigo Urkullu (@iurkullu) January 5, 2018