- 961 people were brutally injured by the Spanish police during the referendum. Even though there are many plaints and lawsuits going on, no police officers have been convicted.
- 2 civil society and 7 political leaders were sentenced to serve 9 to 13 years of prison.
- 7 political representatives went into exile in Belgium, Switzerland and Scotland.
- More than 500 people were injured by police during the demonstrations to protest against prison sentences
Nowadays, more than 1.000 citizens are still being investigated for their connection to the organisation of the referendum, or for protests against the prison sentences. They are facing criminal charges, possible detentions and also huge fines. Repression must end: an amnesty should be granted to all those prosecuted.
The case of Jordi Cuixart
Jordi Cuixart is the president of Òmnium Cultural, a Barcelona-based NGO dealing with culture and civil rights with more than 180.000 members. He was sentenced to serve 9 years in prison, accused of ‘sedition’ for calling a peaceful demonstration in support of the referendum, exercising the rights to freedom of expression and assembly. He spent almost 4 years in jail for defending human rights. In June 2021 he was pardoned and released thanks to international pressure and protests in Catalonia. But “on condition that he does not commit a serious crime again”. Therefore, the Government clearly considers that his acts were constitutive of a crime of sedition and this conditional pardon looks for a chilling effect. He has filed his case before the European Court of Human Rights.
Catalonia needs a democratic solution
Help us to end this injustice. The political conflict between Catalonia and Spain is very much alive: 80% of Catalans back the idea that Catalonia’s future should be decided democratically by their citizens. Not until the Spanish government gives a political answer to the democratic will of the Catalan people will the conflict be truly channeled towards a resolution.
If you believe in freedom and democracy,
SIGN THIS PETITION!