The Ministry of the Interior considers it “legitimate, suitable and opportune” to infiltrate police officers in pro-independence organizations due to the situation in Catalonia.
In a report consulted this Monday by Europa Press and dated August 10, the Ministry responds to the lawsuit filed by Òmnium Cultural before the Contentious Administrative Chamber of the National High Court in July, the entity reported in a statement on Monday.
The brief underlines that the agents “carry out their work within the parameters of the norm” and comply with current legislation, among which it cites the National Strategy against Terrorism and the National Security Strategy.
Considers that in Catalonia “serious violence has occurred and both the free exercise of rights and freedoms and citizen security have been affected” and that, by attempting to alter the territorial structure of the State, the action of information services is legitimized .
In the letter, the department headed by Fernando Grande-Marlaska relates the independence claim with the commission of possible criminal acts, and highlights the “multimilitance” of the participants.
He assures that the pro-independence strategy “has been translated” into –in his words– the call to participate in manifestly illegal actions, participation in unauthorized demonstrations and sabotage against public facilities.
Likewise, the Ministry also highlights the participation in these actions of “a large number of convicted or prosecuted”, and that this constitutes a common element that cannot be ignored.
The president of Òmnium Cultural has lamented that “there is a State strategy to link independence to terrorism,” according to a statement issued this Monday by the entity.
He has accused the Ministry of the Interior of “inventing nonexistent violent practices” and has urged citizens to demonstrate for the Diada.
Òmnium’s lawsuit filed with the National High Court stated that a national police agent was active for two years in the Sindicat d’Estudiants dels Països Catalans (Sepc), a neighborhood group and a ‘popular association’, and that police officers “tried to capture ” to a member of Jovent Republicà.