As preparations for the independence referendum got underway, despite the former Spanish government’s refusal to accept it as legal, the president of Òmnium tried to rally up all those in favour of breaking away from Spain and forming a Catalan republic.
A motion was passed in the Catalan parliament to hold a referendum on self-determination, despite Spain’s rejections. Preparations for the vote got underway, but Spain’s administration was adamant for it not to take place, maintaining that it was illegal.
Spanish police raided Catalan government buildings in order to halt any kind of preparation that went towards the vote on independence.
Jordi Cuixart, alongside the then head of the Catalan National Assembly Jordi Sànchez, called on pro-independence supporters to take to the streets and protest against the raids. Accused of sedition for their role in the independence referendum on October 1 as well as protests against Spain’s measures to prevent it, both grassroots activists were imprisoned and have been behind bars now for nearly a year.
Speaking on Sunday, Cuixart said that the ongoing Catalan independence movement must assume that there will be more imprisonments.
“It would be absurd to put prison and threats of violence from the state as a limit,” he told the Catalan News Agency (ACN) from the Lledoners prison where he is currently being held. For Cuixart, the independence of Catalonia is a cause worth going to jail for.
“There needs to be a motive of collective self-esteem, of people in Catalonia ready to go to prison to defend democracy in the 21st century,” he said. The judiciary case against last October’s referendum was the “biggest attack on democracy since February 23.”
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