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Barcelona mayor visits jailed Catalan leaders

Ada Colau pledged to formally reject their situation in next local council resolution

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11 January 2019 09:16 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Barcelona mayor Ada Colau visited jailed pro-independence Catalan leaders in the Lledoners prison on Friday.

This is not the first time Colau has gone to see those held in the Catalan penitentiary center, and this visit was to see them before their transfer to Madrid in the coming days in preparation for their trial.

“A very serious violation of fundamental rights”

Days before the proceedings begin, Colau stated that it’s necessary to denounce what constitutes “a very serious violation of fundamental rights.”

The mayor also urged expressing “rejection to a situation to which we should not get used to,” a feeling which she deemed the “majority” of the Catalan population shares.

Leaving the prison, the Barcelona mayor announced that an institutional statement rejecting the “unjust” situation of the jailed leaders will be included at the next local council on January 25.

The Barcelona mayor has, during Catalonia’s push for independence, positioned herself between blocs: neither for a unilateral declaration of independence, nor in support of Madrid’s measures to stop it.

More visits planned

The seven leaders held in Lledoners prison are activists Jordi Sànchez, Jordi Cuixart and deposed former government members Oriol Junqueras, Joaquim Forn, Josep Rull, Jordi Turull, and Raül Romeva.

Next week, Colau will also visit the two jailed women: former speaker Carme Forcadell, held in Mas d’Enric, and former government minister Dolors Bassa, at Puig de les Basses. 

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  • Ada Colau speaks to the media outside Lledoners prison on January 11 2019 (by Gemma Aleman)

  • Ada Colau speaks to the media outside Lledoners prison on January 11 2019 (by Gemma Aleman)