The Constitutional Court suspends the referendum of Catalonia 2017

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The high court has admitted the four appeals of the Spanish Government for processing, which means suspending the 1-O as a precautionary measure.

The Plenary of the Constitutional Court (TC) has admitted for processing this Thursday the four resources presented by the Spanish Government against the law and convocation of the independence referendum approved by the Parliament of Catalonia and the Government for next October 1, which translates into the precautionary suspension of the validity of said agreements.

In resolutions, the court has apprehended more than a thousand public and political officials – about 60 senior leaders of the Generalitat and the 947 mayors of Catalonia – of their duty to prevent or paralyze any initiative aimed at organizing the referendum.

The head of the Mossos d’Esquadra, Josep Lluís Trapero, and the director general of the regional police, Pere Soler i Campins, also appear among the thousand charges received.

The court has met urgently to study these agreements after having admitted, just a few hours before, the processing of the execution incident against the parliamentary resolutions.

“Urgent” warning to mayors

As requested in one of the challenges, the TC orders that the resolution adopted this Thursday be notified personally to dozens of senior officials of the Generalitat related to the organization of the consultation – starting with the president, Carles Puigdemont– and to the 947 mayors of Catalonia, the latter “on a preferential and urgent basis.” It will be done through the Delegation of the Spanish Government.

Up to now, 560 municipalities have shown their support for the referendum and they have advanced that they will collaborate in their collaboration.

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The president Puigdemont and the vice president, Oriol Junqueras, had sent a letter to the mayors to advise them that the premises that are usually used as voting points must yield for the referendum, and they gave 48 hours to confirm that this will be done or to communicate any changes or allegations.

In addition, 16,000 people have already signed up to be “collaborators” in the referendum, according to Puigdemont.

Puigdemont: “No court will suspend democracy in Catalonia”

For his part, the president of the Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, has affirmed before the suspension of the referendum law by the Constitutional Court that “no court” will suspend democracy in Catalonia.

“They will not suspend democracy in Catalonia, no council of ministers, no court, or any discredited body,” said Puigdemont in an interview with the Catalan television channel 8TV.

In this sense, the President of the Generalitat has denounced that “The TC acts in coordination with the Spanish Government, with total disregard for the separation of powers”.

The ANC calls for the signing of a symbolic convocation decree

The ANC has launched the website ‘joconvoco.cat’ in which it calls on citizens to sign a decree calling for the October 1 referendum after the suspension of the Constitutional.

The objective is to get more than 100,000 citizens to sign the decree of virtual convocation as “one more act to demonstrate the broad support that the referendum has,” the entity reported in a statement.

In addition, it pursues “denounce the demophobic and repressive attitude of the State” against a referendum that supports the majority of Catalans, he has claimed.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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