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Spain: Catalan president demands immediate release of referendum organisers

0 27.06.2019 Инфо

W/S Catalan President Joaquim Torra arrives at Lledoners prison
SOT, Joaquim Torra, President of Catalonia (Spanish): "They are OK, they're tired, and they don't understand how it could take two days, two nights, to arrive to another prison. They aren't at home, they are in another prison. I demand, once again, the immediate release of our colleagues. I ask the Spanish government to follow the requirements of major human rights organisations, to release them immediately. Amnesty International, Human Right Watch, and the UN itself have demanded this through the resolution of the working group."
W/S Torra exits car *CUTAWAY*
M/S Torra *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Joaquim Torra, President of Catalonia (Spanish): "I ask of the Catalan people to collectively respond, as a country, to what might not be an acquittal. We ask for their immediate release, if it that doesn't happen, evidently we think that it has to be a judgement of acquittal, and if that isn't the case, the Catalan people have to take collective a decision."
W/S Torra leaves
W/S Protesters
W/S Protesters
C/U Sign reading (Catalan): 'Acquittal'
SOT, Laura Borras, former Minister of Culture of Catalonia (Catalan): "We are here in Lledoners, because our prisoners are back in Catalonia but not at home. We want them to be free. We are here because we are happy to have them close but for us, the fact that they were in preventive jail is absolutely abusive. We know the reason for them to be imprisoned in the first place was to be sure to go to the trial, but now the trial is over and they're still not free."
W/S Activist Joan "BonaNit" (Joan "GoodNight") wishes the prisoners a good night (which he does every evening)
W/S Activist Joan "BonaNit"
M/S Crowd applauds
M/S Prison
C/U Sign reading (Catalan): 'Acquittal'
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W/S Lledoners prison
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SCRIPT
Catalan President Joaquim Torra demanded the immediate release of the politicians imprisoned following the failed 2017 Catalan independence referendum while visiting the Lledoners prison north of Barcelona on Wednesday.
"I demand, once again, the immediate release of our colleagues," Torra said. "I ask the Spanish government to follow the requirements of major human rights organisations, to release them immediately. Amnesty International, Human Right Watch, and the UN itself have demanded this."
The prisoners, Oriol Junqueras, Raul Romeva, Jordi Sanchez, Jordi Cuixart, Joaquim Forn, Josep Rull and Jordi Turull, were transferred to Lledoners on Wednesday after being held in Madrid during their trial.
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the prison with signs calling for their "acquittal."
Catalonia's former Minister of Culture, Laura Borras, said, "We know the reason for them to be imprisoned in the first place was to be sure to go to the trial, but now the trial is over and they're still not free."
The defendants have been in pre-trial custody since 2018 for having organised the independence referendum which the Spanish government says is in breach of the country's constitution. Although the trial phase is over, no verdict is expected from the court until September.