Esquerra’s spokeswoman conveys her support for Josep Maria Jové, Lluís Salvadó and Natàlia Garriga: “Voting is not a crime, nor is allowing people to vote. There is no doubt the Independence referendum of 1 Oct 2017 was democracy and rights, not corruption”
Deputy Secretary General and spokesperson Marta Vilalta started the week of 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, recalling at a press conference that “the feminist transformation is a priority for Esquerra Republicana.” Esquerra’s spokeswoman pointed out the commitment of the republican government for this transformation to become “a reality in our country.”
One example of this commitment is the efforts of Catalonia’s Generalitat government ministry for Equality and Feminism, which Ms Vilalta signals is a pioneer. The department has launched a new model to address gender violence with 24-hour support. This “is the government’s central pillar in the fight against the violence women suffer,” she said.
Along with this model come numerous pioneer measures in line with the Esquerra government’s feminist transformation policy, which Ms Vilalta vindicated: “Leave for perinatal bereavement, and flexible working hours in case of menstruation or menopause affecting health; free I2 pre-school, and the new public child-care service, are examples.” Despite all this, the spokeswoman recalled that “much remains to be done,” but that Esquerra Republicana “is committed.”
Commitment to the battle against repression
Vilalta also denounced the fresh assault by the Spanish judiciary “which takes one more step on the path of injustice,” with the news at the end of last week of the opening of a hearing against Josep Maria Jové, Lluís Salvadó and Natàlia Garriga by the High Court of Justice in Catalonia.
“Voting is not a crime, nor is allowing people to vote. There is no doubt the Independence referendum of 1 Oct 2017 was democracy and rights, not corruption,” said the spokeswoman, who also conveyed her support for Bernat Solé, a former Minister for Foreign Affairs and mayor of Agramunt, whom the Supreme Court disqualified for having made the referendum possible in Agramunt. “With firmness, persistence and determination, we will continue to work so that this cannot happen,” assured Ms Vilalta.
“We will continue committed to our battle against repression, using our force to advance towards amnesty and self-determination,” added the spokeswoman, who emphasized that Esquerra’s commitment is firm “to make possible the Catalan Republic with rights for everyone.”