Jailed Catalan Leader Jordi Cuixart Calls on the Catalans to Vote en Masse in the February 14th Elections

The President of the Catalan cultural and civil organization Òmnium Cultural, Jordi Cuixart, calls on the Catalans to “fill the ballot boxes” with pro-independence votes in the February 14th elections in response to the ongoing Spanish “state operation” against the pro-independence movement.

Jordi Cuixart affirms that the political prisoners are not “the visualization of any defeat but a further step towards victory” and also recalls that exiles continue fighting “to defend the ideals” that forced them to leave Catalonia.

“We will continue to defend the right to self-determination and the right to live in a Catalan republic of free citizens,” Cuixart says, adding that “enough is enough” in reference to political courts. “The solution to the repression will come neither from pardons nor from reforms of the penal code. We demand amnesty: there are more than 2,850 being repressed. We will not abandon anyone,” Cuixart insists.

Cuixart also calls for “a strong government” to defend amnesty and the right to self-determination, and assures that “we will do it again [exercise the right to self-determination like in 2017]. We will always obey our conscience in the face of unjust laws, in defense of the violated rights and freedoms of people,” he says, calling for them to be “united, standing and on the street.”

Catalan President Quim Torra Announces Snap Elections Once 2020 Budget Is Passed

On Wednesday, Catalan president Quim Torra announced that he will call a snap election after the 2020 Budget has been approved. The President made it clear that the government had broken down because of the loss of trust among its partners, Esquerra (ERC) and Junts per Catalunya (JxCat), following the decision of the Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Roger Torrent, to accept the “temporary” withdrawal of his seat as an MP on Monday.

President Torra (JxCat) accused ERC of a “lack of loyalty” and called on the pro-independence camp to “rebuild unity.” He added that before calling a snap election he wanted to approve the Budget and “explore whether Spain’s government has a true desire to enter dialogue and end repression.” He is due to meet Spain’s PM, Pedro Sánchez, in Barcelona on February 6.

ERC issued a statement saying it “respected” the president’s decision to call a snap election. They also said it was important to approve the budget and hold talks with Spain before ending the present term of office.

On Monday, Torra expressed outrage at the parliament’s Speaker, Roger Torrent (ERC), for revoking his MP’s status and thus rendering himself ineligible to vote in the chamber, even though he was still (being) recognized as president.

The President said that we were now facing a new “coup attempt,” and that “repression” had to be “fought” in order to defend the sovereignty of parliament.

“If we don’t face our challenges with solidarity and loyalty within the pro-independence movement, freedom will progressively grow more distant.” Torra urged the pro-independence movement to “re-build” unity through a snap election. “Citizens have to vote for new majorities.”