SCI Catalunya statement

Foto unitària de rebuig a la sentència. 14 d’octubre de 2019. Foto: Lafede.cat 

Foto unitària de rebuig a la sentència. 14 d’octubre de 2019. Foto: Lafede.cat

October 14th, the Spanish supreme court published the ruling for the social and political leaders related to the referendum for catalan independence. In response, our local branch, SCI Catalunya, - together with more than 150 other organizations - has signed a statement rejecting the sentence where is reported "the serious consequences that this has on the political rights of the catalan citizens and their demonstration rights, expression, free association and political dissidence, supposing a retreat for the democratic quality of our society".

We want to share with all you this positioning pro consensus and peaceful coexistence:

A claim for freedom as a space of consensus

Today, October 14, we have heard the ruling of the Supreme Court of the trial for the leaders of civil society and political representatives accused of organizing the referendum for catalan independence two years ago. 

The sentence condemns as following:

  • Oriol Junqueras for sedition and embezzlement, 13 years in prison
  • Jordi Turull for sedition and embezzlement, 12 years in prison
  • Raül Romeva for sedition and embezzlement, 12 years in prison
  • Dolores Bassa due to sedition and embezzlement, 12 years in prison
  • Carme Forcadell for sedition, 11 years and 6 months in prison
  • Joaquim Forn for sedition, 10 years and 6 months in prison
  • Josep Rull for sedition, 10 years and 6 months in prison
  • Jordi Sànchez for sedition, 9 years in prison
  • Jordi Cuixart for sedition, 9 years in prison
  • Meritxell Borràs for disobedience, at € 60,000 fine
  • Carles Mundó for disobedience, at € 60,000 fine
  • Santi Vila for disobedience, at € 60,000 fine

The undersigned social entities, representatives of different sectors of our country and committed to the values of peace and dialogue as inseparable principles of any democratic society,

STATE 

First: 

We understand that this sentence means the culmination of a process of  judicialization of the politics, that we wish have never happened. 

Second:

We express our disagreement with the ruling of the sentence, which does not resolve the political conflict, and we denounce the injustice faced by all the people condemned.

We denounce the serious consequences that this ruling has on the political rights of the citizens and the rights of manifestation, expression, free association and political dissidence, supposing a retreat to the democratic quality of our society.

We denounce the serious consequences that the ruling has for political normality in Catalonia and its effects on self-government of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

Third:

We will work for the freedom of the condemned people from wide spaces of social and political consensus in Catalonia and Spain.

We appeal to political parties and public institutions to find the way of politics by ending the judicialization of a political conflict.

 We encourage the citizens to participate in the mobilizations of all shared spaces that contribute to strengthening cohesion and coexistence and are based in the demands of democratic rights and freedoms.

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