Barcelona mayor tells European counterparts that rights of Catalans are “under threat”
Ada Colau will ask the Commission to open mediation between Spain and Catalonia
The mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, told her counterparts in Europe that the rights of the Catalan citizens are “under threat” after Spain’s actions to stop the referendum. Colau sent a letter to some thirty mayors of major European cities, such as Paris, Rome, London, Brussels, Athens and Lisbon.
She said that she is “concerned” about the current situation in Catalonia. For her, the events in the past few days are “unprecedented”. “I am alarmed at the repressive response from the Spanish government to stop the October 1 referendum,” said Colau. According to her, the current situation is “serious”, and she mentions a number of actions to prevent citizens from voting on Sunday, including arrests, website closures, massive police deployment, and “intimidations” of school staff.
"Europe cannot wash its hands of this threat to fundamental rights and freedoms"
Ada Colau · Mayor of Barcelona
The mayor of Barcelona told them that she will ask the European Commission to open a “mediation space” in order to look for dialogue between the Spanish and the Catalans. “Europe cannot wash its hands of this threat to fundamental rights and freedoms,” she claimed. What’s more, she asked her counterparts to also ask for dialogue. Colau also published an article in the British newspaper The Guardian, adding that “the Catalan question has become Europe’s most serious territorial crisis in recent years”.