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Support Catalonia’s Political Prisoners

Here’s the addresses to send statements of solidarity and support to Catalonia’s elected government and activists languishing in prison. Act now! Write a letter or send a postcard to the Catalan government ministers and civic movement activists who have been imprisoned for their political beliefs or actions. Copy the addresses listed here and send the prisoners some correspondence of support during their incarceration. Sample letters in English and Catalan below [please share] …

Dolors Bassa Coll, Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Families
Jailed without bail: 2 Nov 2017
Charges: rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds
Dolors Bassa Coll
Centro Penitenciario
Madrid I, Mujeres
Ctra. Alcalá-Meco, km 4,5
28803 Alcalá de Henares
Madrid, Spain

Meritxell Borràs i Solé, Minister for Governance and Institutional Relations
Jailed without bail: 2 Nov 2017
Charges: rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds
Meritxell Borràs i Solé
Centro Penitenciario
Madrid I, Mujeres
Ctra. Alcalá-Meco, km 4,5
28803 Alcalá de Henares
Madrid, Spain

Jordi Cuixart i Navarro, President of Òmnium Cultural
Jailed without bail: 16 Oct 2017
Charges: sedition
Jordi Cuixart i Navarro
Centro Penitenciario
Madrid V
Ctra. M-609, km 3,5
28791 Soto del Real
Madrid, Spain

Jordi Sànchez Picanyol, President of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC)
Jailed without bail: 16 Oct 2017
Charges: sedition
Jordi Sànchez Picanyol
Centro Penitenciario
Madrid V
Ctra. M-609, km 3,5
28791 Soto del Real
Madrid, Spain

Oriol Junqueras i Vies, Vice President of the Catalan Government
Jailed without bail: 2 Nov 2017
Charges: rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds
Oriol Junqueras i Vies
Centro Penitenciario
Madrid VII
Ctra. M-241, km 5.750
28595 Estremera
Madrid, Spain

Raül Romeva i Rueda, Minister for External and Institutional Relations and Transparency
Jailed without bail: 2 Nov 2017
Charges: rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds
Raül Romeva i Rueda
Centro Penitenciario
Madrid VII
Ctra. M-241, km 5.750
28595 Estremera
Madrid, Spain

Joaquim Forn Chiariello, Minister of the Interior
Jailed without bail: 2 Nov 2017
Charges: rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds
Joaquim Forn Chiariello
Centro Penitenciario
Madrid VII
Ctra. M-241, km 5.750
28595 Estremera
Madrid, Spain

Carles Mundó Blanch, Justice Minister
Jailed without bail: 2 Nov 2017
Charges: rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds
Carles Mundó Blanch
Centro Penitenciario
Madrid VII
Ctra. M-241, km 5.750
28595 Estremera
Madrid, Spain

Josep Rull i Andreu. Minster for Territory and Sustainability
Jailed without bail: 2 Nov 2017
Charges: rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds
Josep Rull i Andreu
Centro Penitenciario
Madrid VII
Ctra. M-241, km 5.750
28595 Estremera
Madrid, Spain

Jordi Turull i Negre, Minister for the Presidency
Jailed without bail: 2 Nov 2017
Charges: rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds
Jordi Turull i Negre
Centro Penitenciario
Madrid VII
Ctra. M-241, km 5.750
28595 Estremera
Madrid, Spain

Dear X

I am writing to you in solidarity and to let you know that I and many others across Scotland are thinking about you and are doing what we can to challenge your imprisonment.

The Catalan Defence Committee Scotland, which was formed in October, is coordinating activities across the country. It is raising awareness of your plight, and putting pressure on the UK Government and the European Union to condemn the Spanish state’s use of violence against Catalunyans and the suspension of Catalan autonomy.

I want to see you and other political prisoners released. I believe in the right of Catalunyans to decide their own future in free and fair elections. And I will do what I can to raise awareness of your personal situation, and of the ongoing need to defend freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and human rights in Catalunya and elsewhere.

In solidarity,

Benvolugut/uda:

T’escric per oferir la meva solidaritat i per fer-te saber que jo i molts altres per tot Escòcia pensem en tu i fem el que podem per posar fi al teu empresonament.

El Catalan Defence Committee Scotland (Comitè de Defensa Català a Escòcia), format a l’octubre, coordina activitats per tot el nostre país. Treballa per augmentar el coneixement sobre el vostre cas, i posar pressió al govern del Regne Unit i a la Unió Europea per condemnar l’ús de violència contra els catalans i la suspensió del govern català per part de l’Estat espanyol.

Us vull a tu i als altres presos posats en llibertat. Crec en el dret dels catalans de decidir el seu propi futur mitjançant eleccions lliures i justes. Faré el que pugui per fer conèixer la vostra situació personal i la necessitat permanent de defensar la llibertat d’expressió, d’assemblea, i els drets humans a Catalunya i arreu.

En solidaritat.

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17 Comments

  • Chris Clark 2 weeks ago

    Please could you supply a draft text, with a translation into Catalan, by which we can express solidarity and support. Many thanks.

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    • Rob 2 weeks ago

      I agree with a text into Catalan. Thanks

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    • Bella Caledonia Editor 2 weeks ago

      Okay, we’re preparing that

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  • Jamsie 2 weeks ago

    Naw!
    They knew what they were doing was illegal and in breach of the constitution.
    Our political leaders are the people who set the laws and standards we all have to live by and they should live by the same as we are expected to.
    The right to self determination is not in the hands of a political class to confer rather it is something which should be determined when a clear majority of the electorate has demanded it and once that has been established and mandated the electorate should be allowed to vote upon.
    One man (or woman) one vote and the majority carries.
    Nothing less should be acceptable.

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    • Redguantlet 2 weeks ago

      What should never be acceptable is putting people in prison – at my expense!!! – for fck all more than playing the fool…

      Spain? The Inquisition lasted four centuries, friends. They have form, eh?

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    • Travelady 2 weeks ago

      Listen to yourself. In your wee world such people like Gandhi, Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, the Suffrogettes & even Glasgow’s own Mary Barbour should have sat on their backsides and not fought for their cause since their respective Govs ignored them.

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    • Andy Borland 2 weeks ago

      The referendum was a manifesto commitment upon which the Catalan electorate passed their judgement in elections and endorsed.

      The ‘political class’, therefore, were mandated by the sovereign will of the Catalan people who voted them into power.

      QED.

      The bastards.

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      • Bella Caledonia Editor 2 weeks ago

        Dont confuse the discussion with facts Andy

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    • Malcolm Kerr 2 weeks ago

      If “the constitution” requires beating elderly women in the street, who are simply exercising a right to vote, and if it requires imprisoning your political opponents, then it’s wrong and should be challenged. We should salute these brave democrats.

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    • DC 2 weeks ago

      So what do you do when one man one vote is forbidden?

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  • Redguantlet 2 weeks ago

    Salvador Espriu: Poem 25 of The Bull Skin…

    We will tell the truth without repose
    For the honour of serving
    Under the feet of all

    We detest big stomachs
    And fancy words
    The indecent glitter of gold
    The badly dealt cards of fate
    The thick smoke of the powerful..

    With the song, in the dark /
    High walls of dreams we will build /
    By night, strange sounds reach us /
    But let us close the door on fear…

    Salvador Espriu is a giant.

    These people should not be in prison.

    Spain is a medieval fcking backwater… fuck Spain…can I say that again as somebody who has lived here for 25 years? FUCK SPAIN… fuckng retard fckin nation…the Spanish right-wing? You can’t even begin to imagine how sick and fcked up they are….

    The “Audencia Nacional” shouldn’t even be judging the case, it’s UNCONSTITUTIONAL… Puigdemonts is right, he facing a FUCKING SHAM TRIAL…

    Puigdemont us going nowhere, friends…

    For Spanish speakers:

    This Country Stinks of Francoism:

    http://www.eldiario.es/zonacritica/pais-apesta-franquismo_6_704189589.html

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  • Redguantlet 2 weeks ago

    “La Justicia española promete viviendas sociales
    Pero luego reparte ostias como panes
    Mercenarios, animales, se quedan el alijo
    Golpean a trabajadores que piden pan para sus hijos
    Pijos derechistas, parece que no les importe
    Hacer deporte de riesgo en el norte!
    Esclavos de la corte, en un país medieval
    La jefatura del estado se obtiene por vía vaginal
    Estado policial que no da abasto,
    Te multan por aparcamiento, te torturan por ser vasco
    Las cámaras mostraron lo peligroso,
    De un interrogatorio de los Mossos
    Bulia gir Mosso descuadra, democracia de coña
    Todos vimos como se impuso el Plan Bolonia
    Ya sabes, la letra con sangre entra.
    Luego quieren que llores si un guardia civil revienta
    No me cuadran las cuentas, con tanto ataúd.
    Galindo ya está en la calle dispuesto a reconquistar América del Sur
    Instinto homicida, y su homofobia no es mas que homsexualidad reprimida.
    La policía nacional reprime el top manta
    Mientras el progre Zapatero inyecta dinero a la banca
    Racista y blanca, abusos, desfases.
    ¿Proteger y servir? No, perpetuar un sistema de clases
    Que quede claro, seré sincero:
    Antes pongo el culo en esquinas que me hago madero!”

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  • Chris 2 weeks ago

    Everyone freedom of speech and who they wish to vote with …. x

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  • Jim alexander 2 weeks ago

    The Spanish Govt had no option

    They held an illegal referedum in 2015 which the Spanish Govt ignored – however tagged onto this one was that after a yes vote they would declare UDI

    Well that wee thing called the law in spain says you cant – so you get lifted and charged

    Elections in december will wipe out the nationalist majority and the courts deal with those who broke the law

    This was a right wing catalan coup – nothing more / nothing less

    The elections on 21st december restore catalunya to democracy in fair and free elections / not the sham referendum in which 60% of the electorate didnt take part

    Bit like the 55% in scotland – its as though your vote counted for nothing and is ignored by the Scottish Govt

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    • Chris Clark 2 weeks ago

      Did you mean the 62% who voted to remain?

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    • Malcolm Kerr 2 weeks ago

      An extreme view, Jim. ‘Right wing coup’? None of the voters beaten up by Spanish riot police were arrested, and charged, or given the benefit of a judicial process. That’s not ‘the rule of law’.
      Also hard to see how the majority view in 2014 ‘counted for nothing’. I believe Scotland is still part of the UK and I don’t recall a UDI at any point. Wake up to the fact that this is a debate you’ll need to engage in all the way – until you lose. Or change your mind, of course!

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    • Seumas MacDhòmhnall 2 weeks ago

      Why wad the referendum by illegal? Shuirly, whan there a significant proportion o the population that’s independentist, there should be a referendum? Is a democracy no a place that lat’s fowk vote on things, inspecially whan there’s a important issue that a major pairt o the population is in favour o?

      Puidgemont is mibbe pairt o a richt-wing pairty, but the twa ither major independentist pairties, ERC an CUP, is mair left-wing. CUP is anti-capitalist even.

      While, it’s true that anerly a minority o voters haed thair votes coontit in the end, aboot 10% o the population votit an haed thair votes confiscate by the Spainish polis. Sae mair than hauf the population actually gaun oot an votit.

      Oot o the votes we ken o, it’s 92% o the voters an 43% participation (sae 39.6% o the total registered voters votit fur independence). Lat’s imagine a scenario whaur there wis mair voters: we can imagine that we add 25% o the registered voters (fur a participation rate o 78%, mair than fur Brexit) tae the real totals. Even gif aw thae votes wad been fur union, that wad been 1,505,938 fur union an 2,044,038 fur independence. Sae a victory fur independence even wi significantly mair unionist participation.

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