Prisoners and exiles dominate the Catalan political landscape after 21-D election

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%.

  Overall Barcelona Girona Lleida Tarragona
Party Seats Votes Votes % Seats Votes Votes % Seats Votes Votes % Seats Votes Votes % Seats Votes Votes %
Cs 36 1,109,732 25.3% 24 868,365 26.3% 4 79,634 19.4% 3 40,908 16.9% 5 120,825 27.2%
PSC 17 606,659 13.8% 13 497,650 15.1% 1 35,197 8.6% 1 21,795 9.0% 2 52,017 11.7%
PP 4 185,670 4.2% 3 142,934 4.3% 0 11,646 2.8% 0 10,902 4.5% 1 20,188 4.5%
CeC 8 326,360 7.4% 7 276,810 8.4% 0 16,482 4.0% 0 9,415 3.9% 1 23,653 5.3%
JxC 34 948,233 21.6% 17 624,261 18.9% 7 149,638 36.5% 6 78,303 32.3% 4 96,031 21.6%
ERC 32 935,861 21.3% 18 678,030 20.6% 4 88,582 21.6% 5 64,417 26.6% 5 104,832 23.6%
CUP 4 195,246 4.4% 3 143,711 4.4% 1 21,708 5.3% 0 12,140 5.0% 0 17,687 4.0%
Total 135 4,393,099 100.0% 85 3,297,008 100.0% 17 409,966 100.0% 15 242,057 100.0% 18 444,068 100.0%
Electorate   5,557,901     4,156,306     521,313     313,928     566,354  
Turnout%   79.04%     79.33%     78.64%     77.11%     78.41%  

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Spanish authorities punish Jordi Sànchez for election broadcast recorded from prison – transcript in English and Catalan

When he was remanded in custody in a Madrid prison charged with sedition on 16 October 2017, Jordi Sànchez was president of the Catalan grassroots organisation Assemblea Nacional Catalana (ANC). A month later he stood down from that role to enter an election campaign for his first time, appearing as no. 2 candidate on the Junts per Catalunya (Together for Catalonia) list for Barcelona at the 21 December 2017 election, just below no. 1 candidate, deposed president Carles Puigdemont.

Prison authorities were apparently spooked when it was reported ahead of an election rally in Barcelona last Friday that a message from Sànchez would be broadcast, so the prisoner was closely guarded on that day in case he had got hold of a mobile phone. However he had already recorded an election message which was transmitted to the crowd at that rally and at over a hundred other gatherings. His lawyer, Jordi Pina, reported that Sànchez has suffered prison sanctions in the aftermath of this campaign broadcast. Continue reading Spanish authorities punish Jordi Sànchez for election broadcast recorded from prison – transcript in English and Catalan

European arrest warrants withdrawn, but Spanish Supreme Court presses on with sedition and rebellion cases against TWENTY people

In the wake of the release of six imprisoned ministers and the decision to continue to provisionally detain the four remaining Catalan political prisoners, many were surprised by Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena’s decision to withdraw the European Arrest Warrants for Carles Puigdemont and the other 4 Catalan ministers in exile in Belgium. We can speculate that the Belgian and Spanish justice systems hold quite different standards in due legal process and the judge had concerns that any extradition judgments which went against Spain in Belgium may influence the cases against the large group charged together with sedition (and rebellion and misuse of public funds in most cases).

However arrest warrants still remain in place for the 5 exiles in Belgium, should they return to Spain. The Spanish Supreme Court is now handling all these cases which include the following TWENTY people:

  • 5 ministers in Belgium: Carles Puigdemont, Meritxell Serret, Antoni Comín, Lluís Puig and Clara Ponsatí
  • 6 ministers recently released from Madrid prisons: Dolors Bassa, Meritxell Borràs, Raül Romeva, Carles Mundó, Josep Rull and Jordi Turull
  • 2 ministers still in prison: Oriol Junqueras and Joaquim Forn
  • 2 leading grassroots activists still in prison: Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart
  • 5 members of the Catalan parliamentary bureau: Carme Forcadell, Lluís Corominas, Lluís Guinó, Anna Simó and Ramona Barrufet

We urge you to send Christmas cards or letters to the four people provisionally detained (see addresses below). Cards and letters should be posted to Spain by Friday 15 December 2017 to ensure they reach the prisoners before Christmas. Remember to include your name and address on the envelope.

Jordi Cuixart i Navarro


President of Òmnium Cultural
Jailed without bail: 16 Oct 2017
Charges: sedition

Jordi Cuixart i Navarro
Módulo 1
Centro Penitenciario Madrid V
Ctra. M-609, km 3,5
28791 Soto del Real
Madrid, Spain

Jordi Sànchez Picanyol


former President of the Catalan National Assembly
Jailed without bail: 16 Oct 2017
Charges: sedition
Candidate #2 for Junts Per Catalunya in Barcelona

Jordi Sànchez Picanyol
Módulo 8
Centro Penitenciario Madrid V
Ctra. M-609, km 3,5
28791 Soto del Real
Madrid, Spain

Oriol Junqueras i Vies


Vice President of the Catalan Government and Minister of Finance
Jailed without bail: 2 Nov 2017
Charges: rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds
Candidate #1 for ERC in Barcelona

Oriol Junqueras i Vies
Módulo 7
Centro Penitenciario Madrid VII
Ctra. M-241, km 5.750
28595 Estremera
Madrid, Spain

Joaquim Forn Chiariello


Minister of the Interior
Jailed without bail: 2 Nov 2017
Charges: rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds
Candidate #7 for Junts Per Catalunya in Barcelona

Joaquim Forn Chiariello
Módulo 1
Centro Penitenciario Madrid VII
Ctra. M-241, km 5.750
28595 Estremera
Madrid, Spain