Spain: ERC leaders finish election campaign in front of party leader's prison

Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) leaders Marta Rovira, Antoni Castella and Raul Romeva ended the Catalan election campaign on Tuesday in front of Estremera prison in Madrid, where ERC leader Oriol Junqueras remains imprisoned. The leaders were interrupted by a small group of far right demonstrators from the Hogar Social Madrid (HSM) organisation, who were pushed back by the Civil Guard... Еще. “Today we want to be here to denounce the imprisonment of innocent people. This Estremera prison behind us is an absolute injustice”, condemned ERC member Antoni Castella. Former Catalan minister of foreign affairs Raul Romeva added, “it is not acceptable that, today, legitimate and peaceful candidates to elections cannot even address personally to the people, because they are imprisoned.” “Oriol Junqueras is imprisoned because they know that he is the best candidate to lead this Catalonia of the future”, appealed ERC General Secretary Marta Rovira. On December 21, Catalans are set to vote for 135 lawmakers in the regional parliament, which has been dominated by pro-independence parties since 2015. The anticipated elections are expected to determine the course of a secession crisis that escalated after the October 1 Catalan independence referendum.

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