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Spain: 'Summoning a referendum is not a crime' - Catalan mayors rally after facing risk of arrest03:19

Spain: 'Summoning a referendum is not a crime' - Catalan mayors rally after facing risk of arrest

Spain, Barcelona
September 16, 2017 at 15:54 GMT -00:00 · Published

Mayors of Catalonia met with their regional president, Carles Puigdemont, on Saturday in Barcelona, as part of a demonstration organised by the separatists against the Spanish judiciary.

The meeting and subsequent rally was organised after a top Spanish prosecutor pledged to summon to court any Catalan mayor who assists in the organisation of the upcoming independence referendum.

Puigdemont appeared from the Palau de la Generalitat, the regional government headquarters, greeting the Catalan mayors who were waiting outside. The mayors signed a symbolic pro-independence box reading "I want to be free", complete with a miniature Statue of Liberty.

700 mayors face the risk of being arrested for supporting the independence referendum. In light of the order that pro-independence mayors be summoned to court, Mayor of Mora d'Erbe insisted he was not worried. "I will not worry too much, I am convinced that I have not committed any crime. I have signed the decree, I have notified the availability of locals. I did it with a law in force and I am convinced that what I have done, I have done it correctly. But apart from that, summoning a referendum is not a crime."

Catalan citizens will vote in an upcoming historic independence referendum on October 1, in a ballot that has been deemed “illegal” by the Spanish government. The Constitutional Court has suspended the Catalan referendum law, following an appeal from the Spanish government. It will be suspended until the court reaches a decision.

Spain: 'Summoning a referendum is not a crime' - Catalan mayors rally after facing risk of arrest03:19
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Mayors of Catalonia met with their regional president, Carles Puigdemont, on Saturday in Barcelona, as part of a demonstration organised by the separatists against the Spanish judiciary.

The meeting and subsequent rally was organised after a top Spanish prosecutor pledged to summon to court any Catalan mayor who assists in the organisation of the upcoming independence referendum.

Puigdemont appeared from the Palau de la Generalitat, the regional government headquarters, greeting the Catalan mayors who were waiting outside. The mayors signed a symbolic pro-independence box reading "I want to be free", complete with a miniature Statue of Liberty.

700 mayors face the risk of being arrested for supporting the independence referendum. In light of the order that pro-independence mayors be summoned to court, Mayor of Mora d'Erbe insisted he was not worried. "I will not worry too much, I am convinced that I have not committed any crime. I have signed the decree, I have notified the availability of locals. I did it with a law in force and I am convinced that what I have done, I have done it correctly. But apart from that, summoning a referendum is not a crime."

Catalan citizens will vote in an upcoming historic independence referendum on October 1, in a ballot that has been deemed “illegal” by the Spanish government. The Constitutional Court has suspended the Catalan referendum law, following an appeal from the Spanish government. It will be suspended until the court reaches a decision.

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