The municipal groups BComú, GMDemòcrata, ERC, CUP–Capgirem Barcelona and the independent councillor Gerard Ardanuy have signed an institutional declaration condemning the preventative detention of the presidents of the Assemblea Nacional Catalana and Òmnium Cultural and calling for them to be released. The groups signing the statement also agreed to reject the judicialisation of political life, defend the right to political demonstration and call on the public to continue defending their rights and freedoms peacefully.
In light of the grave decision taken by the judge at the Spanish National High Court on 16 October, sentencing Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart to prison without bail after they were accused of sedition: we believe that imprisonment for political reasons has no place in the European Union, that it is an attack on the rights set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaimed by the United Nations General assembly on 10 December 1948, as well as against the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms adopted by the Council of Europe in 1950 and ratified by the Spanish state.
Because of this, the undersigned groups from Barcelona City Council agree:
First. To suspend official activity at Barcelona City Council today and tomorrow, in solidarity and as a form of protest over the imprisonment of Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart
Second. To defend the right to freedom of expression, demonstration and political participation.
Third. To reject the judicialisation of political life being pursued by the Spanish government to respond to a political conflict which requires democratic solutions, and to call for the effective separation of powers.
Fourth. To call for the release of the political prisoners Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart, and to insist that the Spanish government responds to the calls for dialogue from the Government of Catalonia and other political and institutional bodies.
Fifth. To call on citizens to continue to defend their rights and freedoms peacefully.
Sixth. To express our solidarity with the families and friends of Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart, as well as the entities they head.