Judge orders the arrest of two councilors of the Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) of Reus as a result of assemblies on 1st of October

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Photo: Oriol Ciurana & Marta Llorens of the CUP Party, in Reus (Credit: ACN Archive)

By Catalan News Agency

December 27th, 2017

The head of the Court of Instruction No. 2 in Reus has ordered the arrest of two councilors of the Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP), from Reus, as a result of the mobilizations of the 1st of October, 2017. Marta Llorens and Oriol Ciurana, had already been called to give statements twice – unsuccessfully asserting that they do not recognize Spanish justice – for an alledged crime of incitement to hatred against the Spanish state police. ‘We have been notified of an arrest order for two of the councilors of the CUP Reus as a result of the mobilizations of the 1-O ! Before the repression of the state, we still stand strong, happy and fighting! The streets will always be ours’, the CUP Reus tweeted. The Mossos d’Esquadra (Catalan Police) will be in charge of formalizing the arrest, which could occur in the next few hours. After being placed at the disposal of the judge of the 1-O case in Reus, it is expected that Llorens and Ciurana will be released, but charged.

At a press conference in front of the city council, both councilors said that they will continue their work as usual, in the city hall, until the members of the police physically stop them. Llorens asserted that his case is proof that the ‘repression continues’, although the Spanish government has now ordered the removal of extra Spanish police forces posted in Catalonia. ‘We are concerned about being able to exercise our freedom of expression and a fundamental right such as the right to assembly,’ said the councilor.

Both representatives reiterated the same statements they made before the court of Reus: “We do not recognize Spanish justice.” According to them, in Spain there is no separation of powers and justice is subject to political will. ‘We will keep standing, worthy and firm’, concluded Llorens.

Original Link: https://www.vilaweb.cat/noticies/la-jutge-ordena-la-detencio-de-dos-regidors-de-la-cup-de-reus-arran-de-les-mobilitzacions-de-l1-o-2-marta-llorens-i-oriol-ciurana/