The president of the Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, has affirmed this Thursday that the decision of the Constitutional Court (TC) to paralyze the resolutions of the Parliament on the independence referendum will not change its political program: “The roadmap that the people and the Parliament have commissioned is maintained”.
In a press conference offered at the Palau de la Generalitat after meeting with the president of the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol, Puigdemont assured that the suspension decreed by the TC “does not represent any surprise”, but it does “confirm once again that there is a determined constitutional populism that runs through the state “
According to the president, the TC’s decision will not prevent a meeting with parties and entities on the referendum on December 23: “We Catalans have the right to vote, debate and meet. Therefore, we will vote, debate, and meet “.
Puigdemont has confirmed that this Friday he will stage his “absolute” and “seamless” support for the president of the Parliament, Carme Forcadell, summoned to testify before the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC), in “a trial that is not against a person, but an institution that represents the will of Catalonia,” he added.
PNV, EH Bildu and Elkarrekin Podemos support the Catalan process
Meanwhile, PNV, EH Bildu and Elkarrekin Podemos have agreed on a text in support of the “political and democratic process initiated by the Parliament of Catalonia” with the aim of holding an independence referendum among Catalan citizens, and has shown their solidarity with Catalonia, with the Government of the Generalitat and with the president of the Autonomous Chamber, Carme Forcadell, summoned to testify for Friday before the Superior Court.
The document was read this Thursday morning before the media in the Basque Parliament by the spokespersons of the three groups, Joseba Egibar, Maddalen Iriarte and Lander Martínez, after the sovereignist coalition tried to have it approved by the Junta of Spokespersons an institutional declaration in this sense, a claim that the PSE-EE and the PP have rejected.
Trial by the 9N
In addition, as was known this Thursday, the lawyers of the former president of the Generalitat Artur Mas, the former vice president of the Government Joana Ortega and the former minister of Education Irene Rigau have asked that in the trial for the 9N consultation the court summon to testify What witnesses, among others, the Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, and the Minister of Justice, Rafael Catalan.
Mas’s defense has requested a total of 11 witnesses, but only in the cases of Rajoy and Catalá does it specify why it requests that they appear: “To question them about the ccontent and scope of your statements public on the occasion of the participatory process “.