Sunday, October 17

The prisoners of 1-O, gathered in Barcelona to ask for amnesty and an independence victory on 14-F




Oriol Junqueras, Carme Forcadell, Jordi Sànchez, Jordi Cuixart, Josep Rull, Joaquim Forn, Dolors Bassa, Raül Romeva and Jordi Turull. All independence leaders condemned by the Supreme court Due to their role in the illegal referendum on October 1, they met this Monday in Barcelona to participate in a political event organized by the sovereign entity Òmnium Cultural (which is precisely presided over by Cuixart).

The event – held in the garden of the Palau Robert in Barcelona, a building owned by the Generalitat that houses, among other facilities, the office of former Catalan president Artur Mas- had the title “Amnesty to set us free” and took place at the beginning of the second week of the campaign for the Catalan elections of 14 February. Throughout brief speeches of a marked political nature, the various convicts, now in a degree of “semi-freedom”, have expressed the need for a pro-independence victory at the February polls.

The prisoners have spoken before a remarkable media attention and with the improvised presence of some citizens, who have followed the act from the street, sticking their heads out between the bars that surround the gardens of Palau Robert, a mansion located between Avenida Diagonal and Paseo de Gracia in Barcelona. In the garden were also the wives and children of some of those condemned by the Supreme.

In their parliaments, Junqueras, the “Jordis” and the former councilors of Puigdemont They have denounced the “democratic crisis” that, in their opinion, Spain is experiencing. They have also charged against Justice for “imposing” the 14-F elections without taking into account sanitary criteria. “In the midst of a peak in the pandemic, they have imposed the date of the Catalan elections, forcing citizens between the right to preserve life and political participation,” said the former councilor Dolors Bassa. In the same vein, former director Josep Rull has also expressed himself.

«The Catalans will give a very clear message. Amnesty and return of the exiles ”, has warned Cuixart, president of Òmnium. “Over ten years we have filled the streets in demonstrations, we have won a political majority in the Parliament and on October 1 we protected the ballot boxes with our bodies,” he said in turn. Carme Forcadell, former Speaker of Parliament and former leader of the ANC.

However, the more political tone, with a more electoral dimension, has been Oriol Junqueras, president of ERC, and Jordi Sànchez, leader of Junts. The first has opted to form an “inclusive” independence government – a nod to the commons – to complete the “national liberation” of Catalonia. For his part, Sànchez has referred to the “repression” of the State and the need for union between independentistas, one of the electoral mantras of the Puigdemont party. Once the parliaments were over, the prisoners joined their voices to shout “Visca Catalunya Lliure”, they took a photo and left.

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