The ERC leader, Oriol Junqueras, the former president of the Parliament, Carme Forcadell, and the former councilors Raül Romeva and Dolors Bassa, who left prison the week after being pardoned, met again this Wednesday with the party’s general secretary, Marta Rovira, after almost four years without seeing each other.
“It is a special day, very emotional and exciting because four years ago we could not embrace and be together because of the repression,” said Rovira, happy for her visit from her recently pardoned colleagues. In statements to the media, Junqueras has claimed amnesty and the right to self-determination: “We owe it to the people to fight to end the repression against everyone and for a referendum,” he said.
Junqueras and Rovira, the two top leaders of ERC, had not seen each other physically for more than three years. The last time was when the general secretary visited him in prison before leaving for Geneva to avoid appearing before the Supreme Court, when the investigating judge had summoned her to notify her of her prosecution.
This meeting gives the starting signal to the trips of the independentist prisoners pardoned to visit the different prisoners who are abroad. On Friday, the former Minister of the Presidency, Jordi Turull, the former Minister of Territory, Josep Rull, the Secretary General of JxCat, Jordi Sánchez, and the former Minister of the Interior, Joaquim Forn, are scheduled to visit former President Carles Puigdemont in Waterloo, Belgium.
Next week Junqueras also wants to meet with Puigdemont, but in Strasbourg, where the plenary session of the European Parliament is held. However, it is still not clear if this meeting between the leaders of ERC and JxCat will take place, since JxCat sources point out that Puigdemont does not plan to travel to the French city to attend the plenary session. It would be the first time since he was a MEP that he did not participate in person in the plenary session in Strasbourg.