The final 21-D election results
Here are the final numbers from Catalonia’s unique 21-D election, contested with many of the candidates either in prison, on bail or in exile, once all votes were counted. Note that the last of the 18 seats in Tarragona was oscillating between Ciutadans and PP as the final votes were coming in and it ended up being secured by PP, bringing their final tally of seats to 4. Note also that the record-breaking turnout figure didn’t break through 80% as first predicted, but is measured at 79.04%.
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Aggregating these figures on the independence question
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Carol singing events dedicated to political prisoners
On Christmas Eve independence supporters in towns across Catalonia donned yellow “Santa hats” and sang carols to maintain attention on the plight of the 4 political prisoners still held in Madrid prisons.
Carol singing on Christmas Eve outside the closed down La Model prison in Barcelona, video: catalannews.com
Puigdemont delivers a New Year message from Brussels
Carles Puigdemont delivered his New Year message via social media from Brussels, which was not broadcast on Catalan television, but received widespread international coverage.
The Catalans think what we think, want and know how to use the ballot boxes to solve our aspirations and the legitimate discrepancies about how we have to face our collective future. We are a democratically mature people that have earned the right to become a republic of free men and women.
What has been the point of so much repression? …used to provoke so much pain to the victims of the violence of October 1, to the members of the Government and to the bureau of Parliament, the mayors and the imprisoned social leaders, the firemen, teachers and policemen who have had to parade through the courts or fear an ideological delusion?
In this regard, he has labeled it a “scandal” and “shame” in an EU country that former vice president Oriol Junqueras, the former minister Joaquim Forn, and the leaders of Òmnium and the ANC, Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sànchez, remain in jail “for their political ideas”.
Junqueras appeal on imprisonment decision to be heard on 4 January
Oriol Junqueras has been summoned to Spain’s Supreme Court on 4 January to hear the outcome of his appeal to judge Pablo Llarena’s decision to keep him in prison as a pre-trial precautionary measure. Post-electoral negotiations between Junts per Catalunya and Esquerra Repúblicana have been put on hold pending this decision. Decisions on the appeals from the other three political prisoners will be delivered on 11 January.