ÀNGELS PIÑOL CAMILO S. BAQUERO
Barcelona 28 OCT 2019 – 22:05 CET
The president of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), Elisenda Paluzie, said yesterday that violent altercations in Catalonia following protests over the ruling of the Supreme Court to the independence leaders “make visible the Catalan conflict” in the world as they appear in the international press. The CUP refused, in the presentation of its list in Madrid, to condemn the violence against the police. The incidents have resulted in 200 detainees and 600 injured.
Paluzie – a successor to Jordi Sanchez – stressed on TV3 that the riots had not subtracted, according to the polls, support for the independence forces: “The polls do not indicate it.” “And there is something else: the world is like that. It is these incidents that make us continuously present in the international press, ”she said. And she added this reflection when the journalist asked him if that is always positive. “We’ll see; it can have positive and negative aspects but the main responsibility is the violence of the State condemning a peaceful and democratic movement to two-digit penalties for organizing a referendum, campaigning for the yes and trying independence through peaceful and democratic means. ”
Marcel Mauri, spokesman for Òmnium Cultural, underlined in the same program that independence is a “peaceful movement” and that in the same way that they can say that they are not represented by “any violence” they would also like some condemnation from the State. After accusing the Interior Minister, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, of “irresponsible” for saying that there is more violence in Catalonia than in the Basque Country, Mauri accused him of being an example of the “frivolity” of this Government. “Is the State capable of condemning the violence of these days or that of 1-O? And to say enough to these actions? Can the president of the Government go to see a single patient and not have the human dignity to see the four people who have lost an eye for the use of rubber balls prohibited by the Parliament? He wants to dehumanize a part of the citizenry. ”
Since the judgment of the procés, the ANC and Omnium have convened the so-called “marches for freedom”, concentrations in the town halls and before the Government Delegations and the demonstration last Saturday. After this cycle of protests, the ANC now proposes a “non-violent mobilization sustained over time”, with different actions aimed at eroding “the powers of the State” and inspired by Hong Kong. And it considers a success of its own the cancellation of an act of Global Spain in Barcelona officially canceled by the tragedy of the flood of Tarragona.
The riots have resulted in 200 people arrested – 30 have ended up in prison – and 600 injured; Six of them are still at hospital. The Government estimates transport infrastructure damage at seven million euros. The Barcelona City Council points out that in the city the damages rise to three million.
Paluzie’s statements put the political groups in trouble in the Parliament. Junts per Catalunya’s candidate for Congress, Laura Borràs, avoided denying that reflection but said that “the riots show that there is a political conflict that the Spanish government does not want to solve. As long as politics is renounced, there will be reactions of another nature. ” At the insistence of the journalists on whether she condemned the violent events of last weekend, the candidate, who ironically asked if they were playing the role of Pedro Sánchez, said she had always condemned the violence. “You have to have a margin to know what is violence is and what is disturbance,” she added. ” A sentence of 100 years in jail (“for the 9 condemned”), is violence,” said ERC leader Sergi Sabrià, after condemning all incidents.
The CUP eluded, unlike Esquerra, condemning violence against police officers. In an act before Congress, Albert Botran, number two on the list of anti-capitalists this 10-N, shared Paluzie’s analysis that the riots help to visualize the conflict and that they should also call the attention of the “central government.” The former deputy of the Parliament argued that the function of political organizations is not “to condemn or not” but to understand the origin of events. Botrán attributed the “rage” of Catalan youth because they did not like to see “how they beat their elders or themselves and how they destroyed their schools on October 1”.
Accompanied by Mireia Vehí, head of the list, and number three, Eulàlia Reguant, Botran admitted that “many problematic situations” occur in the demonstrations, although he said he was unaware of the attacks for which he was asked. “I don’t know the context; I guess there were pushes, ”he said, On the contrary he cited the case of the Mossos that came out of a police van this weekend and were direct against the young people who were on a terrace. “These images seem to me quite contextualized and a summary of what we are seeing these days,” he said.