Transfer of political prisoners to Catalan prisons: six underway, three pending

Nine Catalan political prisoners have been interned in Madrid prisons for many months before any trial and without any credible evidence of committing the crimes they are charged with (violent rebellion, sedition, misuse of public funds).

After many requests to be transferred to prisons in Catalonia, six of the prisoners (Jordi Cuixart, Jordi Sànchez, Oriol Junqueras, Dolors Bassa, Maria Carme Forcadell and Raül Romeva) are finally moving closer to their families, while the transfer processes for the remaining three (Joaquim Forn, Josep Rull and Jordi Turull) still await responses from the magistrate.

Spain is unusual in comparison to other countries in that this precautionary pre-trial internment can be protracted over a very long period, with no onus on the state to expedite the proceedings while innocent people have been deprived of their liberty. The trial for charges relating to the 1 Oct 2017 referendum in Catalonia is not expected to even begin until 2019, possibly waiting till after elections in May 2019. Prisoners held in precautionary detention before trial have a right under Spanish law to be located in a prison of their choice, so these long overdue transfers should be viewed in terms of legal compliance rather than a concession or “goodwill gesture”. Their continued imprisonment remains an act of repression, a punitive act against the main political and civil elements of the the Catalan independence movement.

They should all be HOME, not locked up CLOSE TO HOME.

New addresses for the six transfers underway are as follows.

  • Jordi Cuixart
  • Jordi Sànchez
  • Oriol Junqueras
  • Raül Romeva
Centre Penitenciari Lledoners
C-55, km 37
08250 Sant Joan de Vilatorrada
Barcelona, Spain
  • Dolors Bassa
  • Maria Carme Forcadell
Centre Penitenciari Puig de les Basses
Raval disseminat, 53
17600 Figueres
Girona, Spain

We will update the other three addresses if and when their transfers are underway.

Large demonstration in Barcelona will mark six months imprisonment for the two Jordis

Photo credit: ACN
The Espai Democràcia i Convivència (Democracy and Coexistence Space) will host a major demonstration in Barcelona next Sunday 15 April 2018, to mark six months of imprisonment for the President of Òmnium Cultural, Jordi Cuixart, and until recently President of the Catalan National Assembly, Jordi Sànchez. Under the slogan

For rights and freedoms, for democracy and cohesion, we want you home!

the march will start at 12.30pm in the Plaça d’Espanya finishing up with a rally in the Jardins de les Tres Xemeneies. 100s of coaches are already confirmed to arrive from all over the country.

The motto refers to the rejection of the imprisonment of politicians, forced exile and repression. The organisers are seeking a much broader manifestation than those that have been done so far, harking back to the spirit of the 2010 manifestation (10-J) in defense of the Statute of Autonomy.

The many entities making up the Espai Democràcia i Convivència, worried about the violation of fundamental rights and democratic freedoms, call on citizens to participate in the demonstration to provide a unitary response in defense of Catalan institutions, fundamental rights, social cohesion, the right of the Catalan people to decide their political future and democracy.

Initially organised by a dozen associations, the Espai Democràcia i Convivència has already attracted up to one hundred more. These, which reject the imprisonment of Catalan politicians and the violation of human rights, have joined forces to defend democracy and coexistence in “worrying” and “exceptional” moments. That is why they have decided to join and promote actions to reverse the situation, as a continuation of the “Board for Democracy“.

Organisations behind the Espai Democràcia i Convivència include:

  • Association of Actors and Professional Directors of Catalonia (AADPC)
  • Catalan National Assembly (ANC)
  • National Council of Youth of Catalonia (CNJC)
  • CCOO of Catalonia
  • Confederation of Neighborhood Associations of Catalonia (CONFAVC)
  • Federation of Associations of Parents and Mothers of Catalonia (FAPAC)
  • Lafede.cat-Organizations for global justice
  • Òmnium Cultural
  • Unió de Federacions Esportives de Catalunya (UFEC)
  • Unió de Pagesos
  • and UGT de Catalunya

Sunday 15 April is also the Day of Can Jorba, traditionally celebrated at noon in Barcelona with the performance of Castell groups. To accommodate the demonstration and to facilitate the attendance of the castellers, this year the Can Jorba celebration will start at 4.30 pm . The Castellers of Barcelona will perform at the Portal de l’Àngel accompanied by the invited groups: the Minyons of Terrassa, the Xicots de Vilafranca and the Castellers de Sant Cugat.