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Boylan to visit Catalan prisoners

6 September, 2018 - by Lynn Boylan MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan is currently in Barcelona to visit nine political prisoners along with her party colleague, Martina Anderson MEP, and eleven other MEPs.

Speaking from Barcelona today, the Dublin MEP said:

“As a member of the EU cross-party Catalan dialogue group, I am here today to visit those Catalan prisoners unjustly imprisoned, some for nearly a year now, to show my solidarity with their plight. Our group includes MEPs from five different political groups in the European Parliament, indicating concerns at these detentions cross a very broad political divide. Having been in Catalonia for the joys of the referendum itself, it is sad to return to such circumstances.

“The imprisoned Catalans, including two former MEPs, have been all but forgotten by other EU states, including the Irish government. They are facing baseless accusations of rebellion and sedition in a trial which has political motivations and for which a date has yet to be set. 

“No words of concern are to be heard from an Taoiseach Leo Varadkar or other political leaders across Europe and there appears to be more concern at appeasing the Spanish government than expressing any concerns at the blatant injustices taking place here.

“Most importantly, there is no indication that the injustices in Catalonia will cease any day soon. The repressive actions against democratic and peaceful pro-independence movement are continuing. Only yesterday, the Prosecutor General’s Office asked for two and a half years of imprisonment for a group of citizens who earlier this year peacefully protested at the doors of Catalonia’s Supreme Court.

“I hope to learn more from the prisoners themselves during my visit here and I will certainly write to the Taoiseach on my return. The Taoiseach must now intercede with the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on behalf of those unjustly detained.” 

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