Carta WEEK OF SHAME (Cartes per la República)
Aquesta carta resumeix la setmana de resposta a la sentència (14 octubre a 21 octubre).
Explica les primeres reaccions a la sentència, les Marxes per la llibertat, els aldarulls al carrer i la violència policial de les nits (detinguts i ferits) i l’intent de diàleg per part del President Torra i Puigdemont a Pedro Sánchez (“sit and talk”).
Us recomanem que la reviseu amb cura, modifiqueu i personalitzeu segons considereu i , com sempre, cadascú envia sota la seva responsabilitat. Es pot enviar arreu (periodistes, polítics, personalitats culturals, organitzacions de drets humans, drets socials…).
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Aquí a sota podeu trobar La Carta.
To whom it may concern,
As a Catalan citizen, deeply worried about the situation of my people, and who has been trying to update you on the Catalan process, I would like to give you the latest info. Please take a few minutes to read my mail.
Last Monday (October 13th) we found out about the lengthy prison setences against Catalan pro-independence leaders. (https://english.vilaweb.cat/noticies/catalan-resident-calls-verdict-an-act-of-vengeance/ ) I am attaching a separate letter on this matter. This caused a huge wave of protests in Catalonia and solidarity messages (and demonstrations also) have arrived from all over the world.
The general strike on Friday Oct 18th was widely followed and saw thousands of participants in the ‘Freedom Marches’. Hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated peacefully, against the unfair sentence, by participating in 5 huge Gandhian marches on 16,17 and 18th October, ending by entering into Barcelona by North, West and South, to join a massive and peaceful demonstration with more than half a million people, according to local police. (However, images make us believe that there wer more than double that amount of people)
At the end of the rally, like in the previous days, Spanish police started heavy attacks on protesters. They were helped by Catalan Police (Mossos). Although Interior Ministers and police authorities always talk about “adequate and proportionate operations”, the following videos from Friday (Oct. 18th ) show brutal, arbitrary and illegal actions by Spanish police, often provoking the incidents rather than containing them, and beating and shooting forbbiden rubber bullets and balls against peaceful protestors and journalists.
As I am writing this mail (Oct 21st,21 h) the figures are the following: Medical info sources show 582 injured people (including one person fighting between life and death, 4 people who lost their vision from one eye, and 58 journalists injured while working and correctly identified!) and more than 202 detentions (28 in preventive prison without bail from this week), just for damaging urban public furniture, garbage containers burned for self-defense, or some of them doing nothing else than just being on scene. These numbers add up to the previous 9 political prisoners in jail since oct-nov 2017 and to the 7 detained of September 23rd 2019. Total number of people in prison today is 44, and 9 in exile, from politicians to rap singers).
Please watch the series of vídeos of this link: https://english.vilaweb.cat/noticies/spanish-police-brutality-against-catalan-protestors-in-10-videos/
There are lots of witnesses that make clear that infiltrators started attacks to police, provoking back their strong charges against people on streets, being even sitting down. Also, there is presence of violent anti-system foreign people; who are professionals of generating streets violence.
Spanish state pretends to qualify peaceful but angry young protestors with those, in order to make public opinion believe that Catalan pro-independence followers form part of a violent movement, that was never the case for the last 7 years, when the support for independence of Catalonia sharply increased, after having suffered an humiliating cut on self-government Catalan Statute by Constitutional Spanish Court. In addition, Spanish police seem to have the plan to provoke violent riots in order that Spanish government can justify the unfair sentence of ‘secession’ to the convicted Catalan political prisoners. (Between 9 and 13 years to contribute organise a referendum!)
With all this situation, the Catalan President, Mr. Torra has called twice this week to the Spanish President Sánchez twice (provisional Spanish government as there are elections again in Spain on Nov 10th) who DID NOT even pick up the phone!
The Spanish Governments have never showed any willing to really negotiate with the Catalan government (there are many examples of this but my letter would be too long…)
Find the letter by President Torra to President Sánchez: https://catalangovernment.eu/catalangovernment/news/303711/president-puigdemont-repression-continues-parliament-will-proceed-vote-formal-declaration-independence
As of Monday, October 21st, Mr. Puigdemont is publishing an article on this lack of dialogue with the Spanish Government in this article: https://time.com/5705915/carles-puigdemont-catalan-protest-barcelona/
Should you like to show your support, you can join Consell per la República here (English version): https://consellrepublica.cat/en/ or contact the Political Prisoners Association at this mail address: [email protected]
Thanks a lot for your attention and, hopefully, for your solidarity
If you want more information, you can follow:
– Dick Nichols: https://www.greenleft.org.au/glw-authors/dick-nichols
– Clam per la llibertat (Call for Freedom) in English: @ClamLlibertat https://clamperlallibertat.cat/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Catalunya-groc-EN.png
You can also follow these Twitter accounts:
- Foreign Friends of Cat: @Foreign_Cat https://twitter.com/foreign_cat?lang=ca
- Assemblea Nacional Catalana in English: @assemblea_int https://twitter.com/assemblea_int?lang=ca
- Omnium Internacional in English: @OmniumIntl https://twitter.com/omniumintl?lang=ca
Should you like to show your support, you can join Consell per la República here (in English version): https://consellrepublica.cat/en/ or contact the Political Prisoners Association at this mail address: [email protected]