The Parliament defends civil and institutional disobedience




In a tense and angry session, the Parliament has approved several resolutions in favor of disobedience, the amnesty of prisoners and the withdrawal of the Civil Guard. The Government is studying challenging them.


Parliament of Catalonia.  Photo: EFE

The Parliament of Catalonia approved yesterday, Thursday, several resolutions in which it defended civil and institutional disobedience, the amnesty of prisoners and the withdrawal of the Civil Guard of Catalonia. The Spanish Government is studying the resolutions for possible challenge.

After the confirmation of the entry into prison of the seven detainees in Catalonia, there was a tense and angry session in the Catalan Chamber on the occasion of the general policy debate. It was the day on which the motions for resolutions of the parliamentary groups were voted on.

The resolution of the CUP -which had the support of JxCat and ERC, the vote against PSC, commons and PPC, while the deputies of Ciudadanos did not vote- vindicates the 1-O as a “legitimate and legal referendum” and underlines the “legitimacy of civil and institutional disobedience, as instruments in defense of those civil, political and social rights that may be injured “.

With the votes in favor of JxCat, ERC and the CUP, the Parliament also approved a resolution calling for the “withdrawal” of the Civil Guard troops who are in Catalonia, as well as the resignation of the delegate of the Spanish Government, Teresa Cunillera.

And in another resolution promoted by the independentistas, an institutional response to the ‘trial’ sentence that goes through the “exercise of the right to self-determination” and for claiming a “amnesty” if there are convictions.

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The votes on the proposed resolutions were eclipsed in the final stretch of the session, after the decision of the judge of the National Court Manuel García Castellón to decree provisional detention for seven of the detainees on Monday.

The four CUP deputies left the parliament chamber, in full voting on the resolution proposals, to denounce the situation.

At the end of the voting, JxCat and ERC requested, as proposed by the CUP, the holding of a meeting of the Board of Spokespersons to address a response to the judge’s decision.

Immediately afterwards, deputies from JxCat and ERC, some of them standing, shouted for “freedom” and a row with the opposition caucus, especially with the Citizens group, whose president, Carlos Carrizosa, expressed his “immense shame” over the demonstrations of support for the incarcerated and said he felt “threatened by those who support terrorism.” In the midst of the shouting in the hemicycle, with crossed insults and deputies facing each other, the president of the Parliament, Roger Torrent, expelled Carrizosa after calling him to order for the fourth time.

At the end of the plenary session, JxCat, ERC, the CUP and the commons agreed on a declaration that denounces a “criminalization campaign” of the independence movement, calls for an end to “repression” and demands the release of “prisoners for their ideas policies “.

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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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