'Millions' should be in dock if trial is about referendum, says Barcelona mayor in court
Ada Colau: "My heart is broken to see activist Cuixart and the others in precautionary jail"
The mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, criticized the independence trial while testifying as witness in the proceedings.
"If we are here for a referendum, we should be here millions of people," she said.
According to Colau, a lot of people including her "were delighted to see the type of mobilization seen on October 1, which was not organized by any institution or political party. It was millions of self-organized people."
She also confirmed Barcelona council gave permission to use premises to work as polling stations on October 1 and said she did it because they gave "political support" to the vote.
Therefore she decide to give the opportunity for people to choose between "voting 'yes', voting 'no' and not voting."
"The situation on September 20 was very worrying and there was the feeling of a state of emergency"
Ada Colau · Barcelona mayor
Colau called the Spanish police actions on October 1 "brutal charges" and added that she called Madrid representative in Catalonia "to stop the charges."
"Feeling of state of emergency"
She also commented on September 20, 2017, the day in which some public buildings were raiding in an attempt to dismantle the referendum logistics.
"The situation on September 20 was very worrying and there was the feeling of a state of emergency," she said.
That day "the Spanish police tried to enter the HQ of the CUP party without judicial order."
For her, the demonstration responding to the raids was "civic and responsible," like on October 1.
One of the two people facing rebellion charges for that demonstration, Jordi Cuixart, was praised by Colau. "My heart is broken to see activist Cuixart and the others in precautionary jail," she testified.