Vox takes credit for trial of independence leaders at Brussels event
At a conference in the European Parliament, leader Javier Ortega says the case in the Supreme Court is "thanks" to his far-right party
It is "thanks" to Vox that 12 independence leaders are on trial in Spain's Supreme Court, the secretary-general of the far-right party, Javier Ortega, said at an event in the European Parliament on Wednesday afternoon.
In a conference in Brussels on the political situation in Catalonia, Ortega criticized Spanish prosecutors for their "inaction" in pursuing the organizers of the independence bid in 2017, and boasted how his party managed to get accepted as a private prosecutor in the case.
Once again, the far-right leader accused the Catalan government of being a "criminal organization" and the ANC, Òmnium and AMI pro-independence groups of being "totalitarian and criminal movements."
"Long live Spain, long live Europe and Puigdemont in prison!"
Javier Ortega · Vox secretary general
Invited to give the conference 'Catalonia, a Spanish region' by an MEP of Poland's Law and Justice party, taking part with Ortega were Vox's spokesman for Catalonia Jorge Buxadé, and the vice president of institutional relations in the Balearic Islands, Malena Contestí.
During the conference, Vox warned that Europe was under threat from "globalism" and "multiculturalism" and stressed the importance of Spain's contribution. Ortega ended his speech with the cry: "long live Spain, long live Europe and Puigdemont in prison!"
Feminists protest Vox event
Wednesday's conference also attracted criticism, with a feminist group made up of employees at EU institutions protesting the event under the banner: “Our rights are not negotiable.”
“Europe has to be a place where everybody has their rights, we are feminists and we defend the rights of LGBTI people,” one protester, who wished to remain anonymous, told the media.
The group said they were “outraged” that the European Parliament had authorized the Vox conference. Only a few days earlier, the EU institution had cited "security threats" to cancel a similar event at which former president Carles Puigdemont was to speak.