Photo: The Eurochamber during the plenary session, with the 40 yellow shirts plainly visible
By Vilaweb Staff Writers
From 3rd October, 2018
Fifty MEPs from fifteen member states and four European parliamentary groups wore yellow shirts to demand the release of Catalan political prisoners during the Eurochamber parliamentary plenary session in Strasbourg. When one of the polls scheduled for this afternoon started, 41 representatives displayed clothing with messages such as ‘Free Junqueras’, ‘Free Romeva’, or ‘Free Political Prisoners’ calling for the release of jailed pro-independence leaders. Among the MEPs who supported the initiative, were the French union leader José Bové, the German Rebecca Harms and the former Slovenian Foreign Minister and president of the EU-Catalonia Dialogue Platform Ivo Vajgl. Other MEPs from countries such as Italy, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Austria also participated in the action, driven by ERC (the Catalan Leftist Republican party) with the assistance of PDeCAT (Democratic Party of Catalonia), PNB (Basque National Party), IU (United Left) or Podemos (“We Can” Party).
The initiative was supported by 41 members of the European Parliament, from four parliamentary groups: The Greens / The European Free Alliance, The Liberals (ALDE), European United Left / Nordic Green Left and European Conservatives and Reformists. The MEPs from ERC Josep-Maria Terricabras and Jordi Solé drove the event forward, and were joined by Ramon Tremosa (PDeCAT), Izaskun Bilbao (PNB), Miguel Urbán (Podemos), Marina Albiol (IU) or Ana Miranda ( BNG).
In addition to Bové, Harms and Vajgl, other representatives from different countries also participated, such as the Germans Reinhard Bütikofer, Martin Häusling and Maria Heubuch; the French Marie-Pierre Vieu and Eva Joly, the Swedish-speaking Catalan Bodil Valero; the Portuguese Marisa Matías, the Finnish Merja Kyllönen and the Estonian Indrek Tarand. Austrian MEP Monika Vana also wore yellow, as well as the Northern Irish Martina Anderson, Flemish Mark Demesmaeker and Slovenian Igor Soltes. Many of them are part of the EU-Catalonia Dialogue Platform, which seeks to “persuade” the European Union to influence the conflict between Catalonia and the Spanish state.
— EU-Catalonia Dialogue Platform (@EUCat_Dialogue) October 3, 2018
— Ramon Tremosa 🎗🌹 (@ramontremosa) October 3, 2018