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21 de gen. 2020

Antoni Bassas on the Mossos' trial (20 JAN 2020)

'On August 17 [2017], when Major Trapero reported to Rajoy, Puigdemont and Soraya, the deputy prime minister was stunned: this was the police force of [an independent] state. And a high-ranking Mosso officer said: "They will make us pay for this some day". Today is the day... '
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    The trial of Major Josep-Lluís Trapero, of the former Mossos [Catalan police corps] director Pere Soler, of the former Secretary General of the Interior César Puig and of a Mossos superintendent, Teresa Laplana, began today at the National Court, in Madrid. 
    The first three are charged with  rebellion, and the superintendant with sedition. Trapero, Soler and Puig face eleven years in prison, and Laplana four.
    Let us recall the facts that underlie this disproportionate accusation. On September 20 [2017], at the Department of Economy, when in the early morning the Mossos received a request from the Civil Guard to protect the judicial retinue at the Rambla Catalunya entance, the Mossos response was clear: "We shall come, but if you had warned me beforehand I would have been able to cut off the traffic a city block further up or down. We could have set up a security perimeter. Now, with all the people there from the very start, what do you expect me to do?" What's more, they told the Civil Guard that the Rambla Catalunya building had an underground car park where their cars could have parked. But no, they left them at the door, ostentatiously, unlocked and with weapons inside, a grave breach of such an elementary military security measure that even those who did military service have it branded on their flesh: keep your weapon with you, even in the toilet.
    And what can be said of the 1st of October [referendum day]? About the day the Mossos complied with the text of the court order to balance compliance with the law (the referendum cannot be held) with maintaining normal social peace, not the way of the police officers sent from all over Spain, billeted in [two liners] docked in Barcelona port, who displayed a show of violence against an unarmed civilian population that just wanted to vote, a picture that zoomed round the world and was so embarrassing that during the trial of the political prisoners neither Rajoy, nor Soraya, nor Zoido nor anyone else cared to be held accountable. Remember that? Soraya went on to say that they watched it on the telly, in La Moncloa.
    The charge of rebellion, even though it will logically change to one of sedition in line with the sentence of the political prisoners, is nothing more than the State's revenge against the success of a referendum in which the unaskable was asked. In their fiction, the reports by the Civil Guard, first, and the Prosecutor's Office later, sought to create the idea that the rebellion, which requires the use of armed violence, was feasible because the Mossos are 17,000 armed officers.

"In the Supreme Court, the Mossos were unfairly targeted as accomplices of the Puigdemont government, when it turns out that the Catalan police even had a plan to arrest the Government" 

    In the trial that begins today we shall hear again the testimony of Pérez de los Cobos and Baena. In the Supreme Court trial, the Mossos were insolently targeted as accomplices of the Puigdemont government, when it turns out that the Catalan police even had a plan to arrest the Government, starting with President Puigdemont.
     In actual fact, the Mossos were caught in the middle, between a Government organizing a referendum suspended by the Constitutional Court and thecourts turned into "A por ellos!" (Go get 'em!), trying to strike a balance. The courts of justice will certainly strike any balance. Today, the ARA newspaper reminds us that the Presiding judge of the Court that is trying Trapero is Concepción Espejel. I read: "She was remove from the Gürtel trial because of her affinity with the PP - she is a close friend of Maria Dolores de Cospedal - and shepresided the Court which condemned the Alsasu youths. As you can see, impartiality is guaranteed.
    Look, without losing sight of the specific facts being tried, something very similar to what is happening to the Mossos happens to Catalan schools and TV3: their existence is a nuisance, or they are regarded with suspicion, or as a loss of influence of the power of the Spanish government. We have said here that the actions of the Mossos in the Barcelona and Cambrils attacks could have been isplayed by Rajoy as an example of how well decentralized Spain works. Far from it, in the hours after August 17, when the Spanish government verified that the Mossos could cope with guarantees the security crisis, that they were the international reference on the attacks and that the Ministry of the Interior had nothing to say, they got jittery. When Major Trapero reported to Rajoy, Puigdemont and Soraya, the deputy prime minister was stunned: this was the local police of Catalonia,but the police of a State. And a a high-ranking Mosso officer told a colleague of his as he left: "They will make us pay for this some day". Today is the day.
    Freedom for the political prisoners, for the prosecuted, for the exiles. And have a good day.

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Original article:

"El 17 d’agost, quan el major Trapero va informar Rajoy, Puigdemont i Soraya, la vicepresidenta es va quedar de pedra: allò era la policia d’un estat. I un comandament dels Mossos va comentar: «Això ens ho faran pagar alguna dia». Avui és el dia"


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20 September 2017
https://t.co/V7YH3aYxZi

1 October 2017 (Catalan referendum)
https://t.co/t9Omg0qdR9

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