Jailed leaders to go on hunger strike
First photo of seven male incarcerated officials made public by pro-independence civic organization
Some of the Catalan pro-independence leaders in pre-trial detention will go on hunger strike to protest against the oral hearings due to start in early 2019.
Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Turull announced to the prison authorities on Saturday, December 1 that they were on "indefinite hunger strike."
This comes as the first photo of the seven male jailed leaders while in Lledoners prison, was published by the pro-independence organization Òmnium Cultural on Friday night.
Smiling and relaxed faces
It was taken in one of the courtyards of the penitentiary center, and the seven officials are wearing comfortable clothes and have smiling and relaxed faces.
Four of them have been incarcerated for 13 months, so they had not been seen by the public for over year –the three remaining are behind bars from March 2018, apart from having spent a month incarcerated last autumn.
"The repression, with the shape of incarceration, has not weakened their convictions and they are conscientiously getting ready for the trial against democracy"
Òmnium Cultural · Pro-independence civic organization
Two female leaders are also in pre-trial detention, but they are in other centers for women, and therefore could not take part in this group photo.
The pro-independence civic organization Òmnium Cultural made public the picture on Friday night, along with a message by the jailed leaders and Òmnium itself.
"Unity and calmness"
"The repression, with the shape of incarceration, has not weakened their convictions and they are conscientiously getting ready for the trial against democracy," reads the message. "Each of the prisoners comes from a different family within the political Catalanism and it is this plurality the one making the everyday life in the prison a learning in the fight for freedom."
With the picture, made public thanks to the penitentiary system to assess the progress of inmates, they want to send a message of "unity and calmness." The leaders also express sadness for not being able to be joined by the female leaders Carme Forcadell and Dolors Bassa.