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The message of the European Justice to the Catalan independence movement

Strasbourg (France) / The European Court of Human Rights has unanimously rejected and considered inadmissible in all its points the action against the annulment of the plenary session of October 9, 2017 in which President Carles Puigdemont planned to proclaim the independence of Catalonia after the referendum on October 1. The suspension was “necessary in a democratic society,” Strasbourg said.

 

 
The European Court of Human Rights rejected on Tuesday (May 28) the action presented by the former President of the Generalitat Carles Puigdemont, the former President of the Parliament Carme Forcadell and 74 other deputies against the cancellation of the plenary session on October 2017 in which independence of Catalonia was going to be declared.

The European Court affirms in its decision that the suspension ordered by the Constitutional Court was “necessary in a democratic society” to “maintain public security, the defence of order and the protection of the rights and freedoms of others”.

An action “manifestly ill-founded”

The decision of the Third Chamber of the Court of Strasbourg adds that the lawsuit filed by lawyer Andreu Van den Eynde is “manifestly ill-founded”.

The “interference” in the plaintiffs’ right to freedom of assembly “can reasonably be considered” as “a response to an imperious social need”.

After the illegal referendum on October 1, two parliamentary groups – Catalunya Si Que Es Pot and CUP – asked the Parliamentary Bureau to convene a session to evaluate the results of the consultation.

The Bureau accepted it and planned the meeting for October 9, but the other groups opposed the argument that the regulations of the chamber were violated. The Socialists took the case before the Constitutional Court and requested a precautionary suspension measure.

Remember the judicial decision that Puigdemont appeared before the Plenary of the Catalan Chamber the following day, on October 10, where “declared the independence of Catalonia, which the Parlament later left without legal effectiveness.”

Non-implementation of the constitutional decisions

The decision indicates that the plenary session was convened according to article 4.4 of Law 19/2017, “provisionally suspended on September 7, 2017 by the Constitutional Court”, for which it was “temporarily inapplicable”.

The decision of the Parliamentary Bureau to convene the Plenary “was a manifest breach” of the decisions of the high court that had as their object “the protection of the constitutional order”.

Among the plaintiffs are those who were members of Junts pel Sí and the CUP, Oriol Junqueras, Raul Romeva, Josep Rull, Jordi Turull, Dolors Bassa, Antoni Comin, Anna Gabriel, Marta Rovira, Lluis Llach, Roger Torrent, David Bonvehí and Germá Gordó.

In their application, they argued that the suspension of the plenary session “constituted a violation of their right to freedom of expression and assembly, insofar as they could not express the will of the electors who participated in the referendum.”

After the illegal referendum on October 1, both groups asked the Parliamentary board to convene a plenary to assess the results.

Once the convocation was approved, 16 socialist deputies appealed to the Constitutional Court for protection because the plenary “threatened the right to exercise their public functions without disturbances and recalled that the session was aimed at declaring independence.”

By suspending the Plenary, the Constitutional Court recalled that the Parliamentary mission was “to represent the entire population and not only certain political forces, even if they were majority in the House.”

The Court of Strasbourg already rejected on October 4 a demand of Montserrat Aumatell i Arnau, an organizer of the 1-0 referendum, and has yet to examine whether or not it accepts a score of demands related to the sovereignty process in Catalonia. (May 29, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)

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el independetismo catalán acaba de presentar una nueva demanda en Estrasburgo.
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se desmiente que el Tribunal Europeo de Derechos Humanos haya rechazado una demanda.
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una demanda ha sido rechazada por el Tribunal Europeo de Derechos Humanos.
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Según el texto, esa demanda que se rechazó fue presentada... (According to the text, that action which was rejected was presented...)
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por todos los diputados del Parlament.
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por el Gobierno de España.
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por Puigdemont y decenas de diputados independentistas catalanes.
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Sobre esa demanda se dice que... (About that action, it's said that...)
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fue rechazada ya que se considera que no está fundada correctamente.
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no tiene nada que ver con el referéndum ilegal celebrado el uno de octubre en Cataluña.
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se presentó porque no se suspendió un pleno en el que se declararía la independencia de Cataluña.
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Estrasburgo señaló que el TC actuó correctamente para proteger los derechos y libertades.
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el Parlament de Cataluña no dejó sin eficacia legal la declaración de independencia.
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es la primera vez que Estrasburgo rechaza una demanda de los independentistas catalanes.
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el TC tomó la decisión de anular el pleno en el que se iba a declarar la independencia de Cataluña.
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no hubo ningún tipo de incumplimiento, según Estrasburgo.
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en ese pleno del Parlament no se iba a declarar la independencia de Cataluña.
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hay una intromisión en un asunto.
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no se actúa en un asunto ajeno.
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lo
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la
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el
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Estuvieron en el pleno con quien demandaron libertad de expresión.
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Estuvieron en el pleno en el que demandaron libertad de expresión.
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El pleno que fue suspendido por el Tribunal no se celebró.
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El pleno no se celebró.
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