Catalan MEPs demand release of 'political prisoners' in letter to colleagues
Pro-independence representatives urge Madrid to "allow the return of exiled politicians and to start a negotiation" with the Catalan government
Three pro-independence Catalan MEPs have demanded the release of the nine "political prisoners" awaiting their trial behind bars.
In a letter to all of their 750 colleagues in the European Parliament, Josep-Maria Terricabras, Jordi Solé, and Ramon Tremosa also "urge the new Spanish government to allow the return of exiled politicians and to start a negotiation with the Catalan government in order to solve this situation in a peaceful and democratic way."
Their message also remembers the Spanish police violence exactly a year ago during the independence referendum held on October 1, 2017. "That day, Catalans peacefully defended ballot boxes against the violence used by the Spanish police in order to exercise their right to vote and decide their future," writes the letter.
"[On the referendum day] Catalans peacefully defended ballot boxes against the violence used by the Spanish police in order to exercise their right to vote and decide their future"
Jordi Solé, Ramon Tremosa and Josep-Maria Terricabras · Catalan MEPs
Terricabras, Solé and Tremosa also say in the text that 6,000 Spanish police officers were deployed that day "with the cost of 87 million euros" to stop the vote.
"Spain decided that day to use violence and repression instead of trying to find a political solution to the conflict," they claim in the letter. "That day, the Spanish kingdom lost legitimacy over Catalonia."
According to them, the referendum a year ago "was a turning point for the Catalan people as it represents one of the greatest social mobilizations with democratic commitment and collective dignity in the history of Catalonia."