Carta Detinguts 23S (Cartes per la República)
El passat 23 de setembre nou persones van ser detingudes. Set han quedat en presó preventiva a Madrid. Segons Alerta Solidària @AlertaSolidaria, les irregularitats són diverses. És urgent explicar-ho a l’estranger, i explicar la nostra versió. El moviment independentista sempre ha estat pacífic.
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Dear Mr./Ms. Xxxx
My name is xxxxx, I am a Catalan citizen deeply worried for what is happening in my country. When repressive acts are the response peaceful people resistance is likely to happen.
Last Monday (September 23rd) nine members of the Republic Defence Committees (CDRs) were arrested by the Spanish police. This is another attempt (as Raphael Tsavkko Garcia @Tsavkko_intl explains in his article https://intpolicydigest.org/2019/09/26/while-eta-no-longer-exists-spain-finds-ways-to-further-criminalize-the-pro-sovereignty-movements-in-catalonia/) to intimidate and criminalise the Catalan pro-sovereign movement, on the eve of the trial sentences of the 12 political prisoners who will most likely be the maximum penalties for their prerogatives of calling a referendum for independence (October 1st, 2017) following the popular will of the Catalan people.
The operation was called by Spain’s National Court (Audiencia Nacional) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audiencia_Nacional as they considered it was a nationwide crime. The initial charges were Terrorism, Rebellion and possession of explosives, the latter was dropped after they realised they had only seized firecrackers from the local fiesta. But 7 of them have been sent to jail without bail accused of belonging to a Terrorist organisation.
According to Alerta Solidària @AlertaSolidaria (the defence law team), the following infringements have happened so far: (extract from a translation of Alerta Solidària’s @AlertaSolidaria press release on September 24th):
Infringements of the Right to Counsel
During these two days, the defence team has suffered numerous difficulties intentionally exercised by several parties, the Guardia Civil, the prosecutor and the Audiencia Nacional that have caused serious violations of the rights of Catalan activists:
First of all, there have been leaks to the media of its own operations, alleged accusations, supposed elements found in the registry, etc.; in a case in which the defence cannot have access due to the fact the case is under seal.
On the other hand, it has been difficult for the team of lawyers to know where the detainees were, not informing them or providing them with contradictory information.
Lawyers have also found difficulties to interview the detainees delaying it for more than 36 hours while they were under interrogation without counsel.
At the same time, the lawyers designated by the relatives of some of the detainees were prevented from doing their job and denied access to two of the detainees. Denying the visit and to be able to know the accusations. In this sense, the Guardia Civil has prevented the attorney team from assisting two of the detainees and have been assigned with a public defender.
Valuations about the operation
From Alerta Solidària @AlertaSolidaria, this operation is valued as an operation of political and electoral type with a double will: on the one hand to make electoralism a few weeks before the repeated general elections in Spain and on the other hand to try to stop the next mobilisations around October 1st and the trial’s verdict against the Catalan political prisoners.
The constant leaks by Spanish judicial institutions and police denote a dirty war that has much more to do with a media pulse against independence than with a judicial process underway.
Finally, it is found that, despite the attempts of criminalisation, demobilisation, and isolation that are aimed at this operation, the response of the population has been mobilisation and solidarity. Only by continuing with the mobilisations of support, the rejection of repression and the fight for the freedom of our people we will be able to stop this and so many other repressive hits.
To finish, I am including a link to an article that explains what these Committees are: http://www.babelrepublicat.world/who-are-cdrs/.
I hope it is useful to understand the peaceful characteristic of CDRs.
Less and less Catalans want to live in a country like Spain where power is seized and maintained by force since Franco dictatorship. Even if you are far from this conflict, I consider you are an informed person that understands perfectly well that when there is a problem of these characteristics, the most reasonable is dialogue, negotiation, and, if appropriate, the Polls.
Or this excellent and detailed article by barbaryfigs @milfordedge:
Please help us promoting democracy instead of more repression.