Scottish Parliament members accuse Rajoy of “violation of the norms of European democracy”
SNP, Greens, Labour and Liberal Democrat representatives sign a letter to the Spanish president
19 Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) sent a letter to the Spanish president, Mariano Rajoy, accusing him of committing “repressive acts against an elected government, media organizations and citizens”, which “are in no way democratic acts.” They refer to the latest actions led by the Spanish executive in the past few weeks to stop the October 1 referendum.
“The recent arrest of a Catalan government director general and a number of government staff was a particular violation of the norms of European democracy,” added the letter. On Wednesday 20, around 20 government buildings were raided and 13 high-ranking officials were arrested. According to the MSPs, legal action against the Catalan executive and mayors “is no way for a democratic European state to act against its own people.”
"The recent arrests were a particular violation of the norms of European democracy"
Letter from 19 Members of the Scottish Parliament
SNP, Greens, Labour and Liberal Democrat members
The letter also expresses “grave concern at the escalating actions of the Spanish state in Catalonia” and calls on Madrid “to engage with the Catalan government as partners in facilitating a democratic and just resolution to this situation.” Nineteen MSPs signed the letter, including 10 SNP representatives, 4 members of the Greens, 3 Labour members and 2 LiberalDemocrats.
The MSPs also sent the letter to the Spanish ambassador in the UK, the Spanish Consulate General in Scotland, the Catalan president and the Catalan Parliament president.