Friday, 24 May 2019 22:38

Spanish Social Unrest Due to Suspension of Imprisoned Catalonian MPs

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Political parties of different ideologies criticized on Friday the Spanish Parliament's decision to suspend from their posts four Catalonian pro-independence MPs, elected in the general elections of April 28.


Madrid.- Junts per Catalunya (JxCat, Conservatives) and Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC, Social Democrats) to which the suspended lawmakers belong, announced to request to Spain's Congress a reconsideration of the call.

At a press conference, Laura Borras and Jaume Alonso Cuevillas, from JxCat, depicted the measure as "a coup d'état to rights" and advanced presenting a draft to the Lower House, as a previous step to appeal to the Constitutional Court.

The Board of Congress - the governing organization of the Lower House - agreed on Friday to suspend Oriol Junqueras, Josep Rull, Jordi Turull and Jordi Sanchez, three days after taking their seats in the constituent session of General Courts - bicameral parliament.

ERC's leader Junqueras, Rull, Turull and Sánchez (the three of JxCat) earned their seats in the legislative elections in April while Raul Romeva won a seat in the Senate.

The four parliamentarians are in preventive detention and are being prosecuted for rebellion, after the failed attempt to secede from Catalonia, which culminated in October 2017 with a unilateral declaration of independence from that northeastern region.

It is unprecedented that MPs be suspended without a final judicial decision, underscored Alonso Cuevillas while Borras denounced the interference of the Supreme Court - which judges the separatists - in Congress, "by modifying majorities and popular sovereignty."

"A political prisoner entering the European Parliament is the best way to denounce the repression of the Spanish State, is to stand in the State's path in front of Europe," Junqueras tweeted.

The conservative Basque Nationalist Party considered an anomaly that the high court authorized the imprisoned Catalan leaders to stand for election, and then prevent them from holding the office for which they were elected. (PL)

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