Churchill is credited with the maxim that “adversaries are in front” but “enemies are behind.” An expression perfectly applicable to independence, perhaps qualifying the location of the opponents: they have them in the next seat. It has been seen now, once again, on account of the imprisoned independence leaders. The Catalan prisons will not allow them, finally, to confine themselves at home as prevention against the coronavirus, when they already took it for granted. And the independence movement has submerged itself in its umpteenth internal battle.
The Ministry of Justice, in the hands of Esquerra, justified the refusal of the treatment boards for the alleged “threats and coercion” of the Supreme Court to the officials who compose them. But the relatives were not convinced by these explanations: “I did not know that we also had the enemy at home,” wrote Montse Bassa, an Esquerra deputy in Congress and sister of the former minister. Not behind, as Churchill allegedly said, nor to the side. The enemy, “at home”. And many postconvergents took the opportunity to attack ERC.
All part of an announcement by the Ministry of Justice: they promised to look for all the legal loopholes so that inmates classified in the second degree who benefit from article 100.2 of the Prison Regulations could confine themselves at home while the state of alarm lasts, in order to alleviate the risk of contagion in prisons. This was precisely the situation of the nine imprisoned secessionist leaders. Those of the 100.2 under normal circumstances -before confinement- enjoyed weekly outings to work. However, unlike those who are in third grade, for them the regulation does not contemplate that they can sleep at home.
The announcement by the Generalitat triggered the rapid reaction of the Supreme Court, which did not even wait for it to be implemented. Manuel Marchena, president of the room that condemned the leaders of the “procés”, warned the officials of the treatment boards that they could incur a crime of prevarication if they were allowed to sleep at home. Finally, the boards of the three jails where the politicians are did not authorize them to stay overnight at their homes. Neither did the rest of the common prisoners who were in the same situation. Only two prisons – in which the politicians are absent – granted this pass to fifteen prisoners out of a total of 156 inmates who benefit from 100.2 in Catalan prisons. The Minister of Justice, Ester Capella, blamed the “unheard of constraints” of the Supreme Court on the boards to “influence” their decision. And it was then that this new battle began.
In the umpteenth fratricidal contest the republican and post-convergent trenches are not so well defined. Everything is more diffuse. The first to shoot were the relatives of the prisoners, both through social networks and in a loop of interventions on TV3. Blanca Bragulat, wife of Jordi Turull (JpC), turned on Twitter against Capella. Montse Bassa, deputy from Esquerra in Congress, complained that her sister was denied even when she already had “the signed sheet” to leave: “That we had the enemy in Madrid already knew it, what he did not know is that We also had it at home, “he wrote. “From now on, if something happens to my mother (…) it will no longer be only the fault of the Supreme”, added her son, also on social networks.
Looking to Europe
The Catalan National Assembly (ANC), which accused the Generalitat of “keeping political prisoners in jail,” was also thrown headlong into the troubled river. And the Catalan Ombudsman (defender of the Catalan people), whom the National Court is investigating for allegedly benefiting from trips paid for by a businessman, also asked to release the politicians.
Faced with this scenario, the Government tried not to throw more wood on the fire. Before the press, the counselor spokesperson, Meritxell Budó, tried to tiptoe and referred to Capella’s explanations. Despite the fact that the Generalitat has the competence in the management of the prisons, the Catalan president, Quim Torra, shook off the responsibility and shot by elevation. He sent a letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, charging against warnings from the Supreme Court. Oriol Junqueras, from the Lledoners prison, also asked the UN and the Council of Europe for “urgent” protection, considering that the “threats” of the High Court affect the rights of prisoners and “jeopardize the fight against coronavirus ». Both are committed to internationalizing their complaints. Targeting a common enemy outside as an attempt to appease the parish itself. .