Catalonia is an independent country.
Let’s celebrate freedom of assembly, freedom of speech and freedom of press.
Catalonia and their citizens will decide how they want to build their new country, not others.
Join us this Saturday 12AM at Piccadilly Circus. Protest in solidarity with Catalonia.
1. The immediate release of the Political Prisoners Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sanchez.
2. The end of the repression and start of dialogue to accept the electoral mandate of the Catalan Referendum.
3. The UK Government to condemn the violence towards undefended peaceful civilians during the referendum vote in Catalonia and recognise the Republic of Catalonia.
On Monday night, Spain’s national court denied bail to Jordi Sánchez, the president of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), and Jordi Cuixart, the president of Òmnium Cultural. Both men are being investigated for alleged sedition in the run-up to the regional independence referendum two weeks ago.
Sánchez and Cuixart are accused of using huge demonstrations to try to stop Spanish police officers following a judge’s orders to halt the independence referendum that had already been suspended by the country’s constitutional court.
Under Spanish law, sedition is classified as using “force or illegal means to prevent the application of the law, the legitimate exercise of the functions of public authorities or the observance of administrative or judicial decisions”. It carries a maximum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment.
The Catalan government says hundreds of people were hurt when Spanish police officers used force in an attempt to stop the referendum going ahead on 1 October.
Its push for independence has pitched Spain into its worst political crisis in four decades.
It is time to march in solidarity with Catalonia and against Spanish repression and authoritarism.