Jose Maria Chiquillo , member of parlament of Spain at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly say ” We are working for Spainsh democratic institutions against Catalonia illegal referendum and independence”

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Jose Maria Chiquillo , spanish member of parlament Spanish speak about the situation of Spain (Catalonia- illegal Referendum)  in a Security Meeting at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Today , Las noticias de Javier Mesa Reig shows the full text speeches at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly :

Dear Colleagues,

Dear Assistants,

Dear staff,

As you may be aware, in the past weeks, secessionist defiance promoted by certain institutions in Catalonia has escalated in a way that underscores its authoritarian and antidemocratic nature, and its intention to openly violate the prevailing legal framework. It is, believe me, a very unpleasant situation, and I hope that we will soon be able to decrease the tension and go back to a normal political situation.  

Of course, everyone has the right to think as he or she wants. This is absolutely out of question. But in order to have the whole picture about what is going on in Catalonia, allow me please to provide some clarifications that may help you to have a better understanding.   

  1. After suffering a dictatorship for more almost 40 years, Spain reached Freedom in 1978, when our Constitution was endorsed by the 88,54% of the voters nationwide. In Catalonia, the outcome was even higher, with the 91.09% of the voters saying Yes to the Magna Carta. We proudly joined the EU 8 years later, becoming one of the most stable democracies in Europe with one of the most decentralized political and administrative systems in the world.

  2. Our political system based on Democracy, Separation of Powers and the Rule of Law, even having rights and wrongs, has provided 39 years of freedom and civil rights to all Spaniards. The longest period of peace and prosperity in our entire history. It is something to be proud of.

  3. However, certain people believes democracy is only a word you can use, no matter the final intentions you have or the ways and means you use, even if it is by breaking the law. We have seen this before in Europe and this is exactly what is happening in Catalonia right now, aggravated by the fact that those who are breaking the law are the same ones who swore to defend it.  

  4. Spain’s Constitutional Court (responsible for ensuring that legal provisions and the activity of public authorities are in accordance with the Spanish Constitution), has, on many occasions, ruled on this secessionist defiance and declared that the possible holding of a referendum on self-determination in Catalonia is unconstitutional. This is based on the violation of Articles 1 and 2 of the Spanish Constitution, which enshrine the unity and sovereignty of the Spanish people, as is the case with the vast majority of fundamental legal provisions in advanced democracies. Moreover, in its different rulings, the Constitutional Court has warned the authorities that they are duty-bound to prevent any action aimed at holding a referendum.

  5. On 6 and 7 September, the regional Parliament of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia approved two Acts: the Self-Determination Referendum Act, and the Act on Legal Transition and the Founding of the Republic. Both Acts are in open breach of the Spanish Constitution and of Catalonia’s Statute of Autonomy—which guarantees its self-government— and aim to impose a non-existent parallel legal system. Appeals have been lodged against these Acts before the Constitutional Court, which has suspended them as a precautionary measure.

  6. In order to approve these Acts, the pro-independence groups took advantage of their parliamentary majority to contravene all the procedures to which the members of parliament are entitled when faced with a legislative initiative. The most elementary rules of procedure were ignored, the criteria of lawyers and advisory bodies were disregarded, and all of this constituted an attack against the legal system and against the rights of the members of parliament and of every citizen. 

  7. Following this, the President of the Generalitat (the regional Government of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia), together with the other members of his government, signed a decree calling a referendum on self-determination to be held on 1 October, and launched a series of actions aimed at holding the aforementioned consultation: election of the members of the electoral commission, advertising campaigns, production of materials for the consultation (ballots, forms for the polling stations), drafting of a fraudulent electoral roll, etc.

  8. Faced with this violation of the legal system and of the Constitutional Court rulings, the State Prosecutor’s Office and the Judiciary have initiated proceedings against those who have participated in any acts related to the preparation of said referendum, primarily on the grounds of the possible offences of contempt of court, malfeasance, and misappropriation of public funds.

  9. As part of these ongoing judicial proceedings, the State Security Forces, at the behest of independent judicial authorities, are carrying out actions involving the confiscation of material related to the referendum, searches of public offices, and arrests, all of which are linked to the organization of the referendum. All of this has been done following court orders.

  10. Likewise, and with the aim of guaranteeing that public funds are used for purposes other than holding a referendum, the Spanish Government has adopted certain decisions based on the control authority granted to it by State budget provisions over the budgets of the Autonomous Communities, pursuant to EU legal provisions— in response to the regional Catalan government’s refusal to report on the use of public expenditure.

  11. The Spanish Government and the State authorities have the obligation to ensure compliance with the law. No one is above the orders of judges and prosecutors, who are independent under the rule of law, nor above the rulings of the Constitutional Court.

  12. Last but not least. Spain is a consolidated democracy, and respect for legal provisions and for citizens’ fundamental rights will be ensured.

There are the facts. Maybe you like it or maybe not. But in the age of fake news and alternative truths, we should stand firm in upholding legality. Freedom is born because of democracy, but it keeps alive because of the Rule of Law. If we ignore the second, we will lose the first.

Best regards,

Members of Partido Popular (PP) of the Spanish delegation to the OSCE-PA

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