Catalan parliament presses case for independence, extra protests deliberate

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BARCELONA/LA JONQUERA, Spain (Information) – Catalonia’s parliament pressed its case for secession from Spain on Tuesday, two days after a nationwide election, whereas French riot police fired tear fuel at Catalan protesters to attempt to unblock a serious border crossing.

Defying a warning of authorized penalties from Spain’s Constitutional Court docket, the Catalan parliament, which is dominated by pro-independence events, expressed the “will to train the appropriate of self-determination in a concrete means”.

The movement referred to as for political motion however is non-binding and has no authorized impact, a parliament spokeswoman instructed Information.

Individually, the pro-independence trigger acquired a tacit increase from an adviser to the European Court docket of Justice. Advocate Normal Maciej Szpunar mentioned a jailed Catalan separatist chief elected to the European Parliament whereas in detention ought to have had the appropriate to ask lawmakers to resolve whether or not to uphold his immunity.

The sentencing by Madrid final month of 9 Catalan separatist leaders who spearheaded a failed independence bid in 2017 sparked protests, some violent, which overshadowed Spain’s election marketing campaign.

The nation’s far-right Vox get together greater than doubled its variety of seats after its fiercely anti-separatist rhetoric struck a chord with many citizens. The vote produced a extremely fragmented parliament however the ruling Socialists and far-left Podemos get together pledged to work collectively on Tuesday to attempt to type a majority coalition.

Within the newest pro-independence protest, Catalan demonstrators blocked a serious highway hyperlink between the Spanish area and France for over 24 hours earlier than French riot police used tear fuel to disperse them on Tuesday.

Officers mentioned the highway main into Spain had been cleared however the one heading to France was nonetheless blocked and protest leaders pledged additional highway blockages.

The French police arrested 18 folks for blocking site visitors on the La Jonquera border crossing and Catalan police arrested one other, officers mentioned, including that protesters blocked the smaller N-II route in each instructions after leaving the freeway.

Protest organisers additionally referred to as for additional highway blockages on the border as they search to attract worldwide consideration to the Catalan independence subject.

European Court docket of Justice adviser Szpunar mentioned jailed Catalan separatist chief Oriol Junqueras’s conviction introduced his mandate as a member of the European Parliament to an finish however suggested the court docket that the parliament ought to be capable to resolve whether or not to waive or defend the immunity of MEPs.

In June, 76 members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from a variety of events referred to as on the parliament to guard the rights of Catalan leaders who had been unable to gather their credentials, saying the Spanish authorities had violated their rights by barring them from taking their seats.

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Junqueras, the Catalan authorities’s former deputy chief, was sentenced to 13 years in jail in October. One other former Catalan separatist chief who was additionally elected to the European Parliament in Might, Carles Puigdemont, welcomed the adviser’s opinion.

“This exhibits one other extraordinarily severe injustice during which Junqueras is a sufferer; his rights and people of voters have been violated,” Puigdemont, who lives in self-imposed exile in Belgium, tweeted.

Reporting by Jordi Rubio, Bart Biesemans, Rafael Marchante, Joan Faus and Benoit Van Overstraeten; Writing by Joan Faus and Andrei Khalip; enhancing by Philippa Fletcher