The Chief Representative of the Government of Catalonia to the United Kingdom has urged European leaders to intervene in the growing crisis, insisting the issue is not an internal one for Spain alone.
Sergi Marcén has called on the European Commission to do more as tensions threaten to escalate after the imprisonment of two of Catalonia’s most high-profile pro-independence leaders.
The Catalan government representative insisted that Catalonians, as European citizens, must have their rights protected.
Speaking on Good Morning Scotland, Marcén said: “How much more Catalan blood, how many more Catalan political prisoners do we need to see before the EU and the democratic countries stand up for the rights of European citizens.”
He added: “At this moment we need international mediation and we need to sit around a table and talk with the other party.
“It is important to remember that we are European Citizens, this is not an internal matter, it is a European matter, we believe in human rights.”
The comments follow demonstrations in Catalonia after presidents of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) and Òmnium Cultural (ÒC), the two biggest pro-independence grassroots organisations in Catalonia, were jailed by a Spanish judge.
Hundreds of thousands of people took to the street in a candle-light vigil and demanded the release of the two men.
Marcén also reiterated the Catalan government’s offer of talks with no preconditions, something that has been ignored outright by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. Madrid has threatened to seize control of the autonomous region if Catalan President Carles Puigdemont refuses to reverse last week’s suspended declaration of independence.
In the October 1st referendum Catalans voted by over 90% in favour of independence. However Spain refuses to recognise the legitimacy of the ballot, insisting it was not legal. Violence marred the vote with Spanish state police attacking voters with rubber bullets and batons.
Marcén also signalled the Catalan government would consider holding another legally binding referendum, citing the Scottish independence referendum of 2014 as a model.Views: 1648
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