Wednesday, May 18

The Government receives pardoned prisoners in the Palau: “Our joy is not complete, there are exiles and many reprisals”

The president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, and all the members of the Government have received this Monday the prisoners who have just been pardoned by the Government. The nine pro-independence leaders have returned to the Palau de la Generalitat where they have held a brief welcoming ceremony that has been repeated later in the Parliament. The former president of the Chamber, Carme Forcadell, has served as spokesperson for the prisoners and has shown her gratitude to the citizens who have shown solidarity with them.

“These days we are happy, but the joy is not complete because we are not all, there are exiled people who cannot return and many people have been retaliated”, said Forcadell, to then show the commitment of the group of prisoners to work, now in the street, to “achieve an end to the repression.” The former president has also wanted to give a political meaning to his release, which has insisted on considering a “further step” on the road to independence. “Without the electoral victories, the mobilization and the judicial victories in Europe, we would not be here now,” he said. “Let’s live it as one more step towards the end of repression, self-determination and a just and feminist republic.”

In his turn to speak Aragonès has addressed the nine prisoners, before whom he has promised to “persevere until the repression ceases altogether and the popular will of the citizenry is respected.” The head of the Government has put the accent on “all the offensives of the judicial power” but has made special mention to the one that follows “the Court of Accounts against the independence movement”, on the eve of the administrative body transferring the more than forty charged to how much the fines amount in total.

To the defendants, whom he had previously received behind closed doors in his office, he told them: “You entered prison convinced that you had been victims of injustice and you leave with the peace of mind of who does not have to apologize for anything.” Along these lines, the president has assured that he will fight for amnesty so that “it is recognized that you did not commit any crime.” Aragonès has also assured that he has the nine pardoned prisoners “for the fight against repression and for democracy.” A commitment that must serve, he said, “not only to get people out of jail, but so that no one else gets in.”

“Today nothing is over”, has warned Aragonès, who has also pointed out that, together with the amnesty, “the democratic way to resolve the conflict between Catalonia and the Spanish State inevitably passes through democracy.” “Make no mistake,” he said, “we remain stubbornly determined to make independence and the Catalan republic possible.”

Also the vice-president Jordi Puigneró has taken the floor in the act of this Monday, with a speech in which he has assured that they will not thank for the pardons to a “State that thought that locking you up could limit what you are and what you think “. “The only thanks to the people of Catalonia for keeping us upright and not fainting,” he said.

For the vice president, 1-O “was not a mistake or a crime,” so he wondered if the state is willing to “renounce repression” to avoid self-determination. “Concord is incompatible with repression. Concord is accepting that voting is the way to solve conflicts,” he said.