Spain Sends Civil Guard to Seize Documents Relating to Independence Announcement

The JxSí pro-independence party is “outraged” by the order to send the Spanish Civil Guard police into the National Theater of Catalonia (TNC in Catalan) on Thursday to seize documents relating to the event held last week to present the referendum bill.

On his Twitter account, party president, Jordi Turull, called the visit by the Spanish police “outrageous”, after the TNC alerted the party to the police visit. Meanwhile, sources from the TNC told ACN that Civil Guard officers arrived at the theater between 10 and 11am, with a court order demanding documentation relating to the event held in the venue on July 4.

However, the police officers left without the information they demanded, and the TNC says that the event was carried out under the venue’s normal rental policy, along with the other 72 other events held there in the past year. Representatives of JxSí later appeared outside the Catalan Parliament to denounce the police visit.

Musician and Catalan MP Lluís Llach was joined by Turull and party spokesperson, Marta Rovira, with Llach comparing the judicial order to a “return to the times of Francoism.” The JxSí representatives called the Civil Guard visit an “attack on freedom of expression” and called for “solidarity” from other Catalan political parties. “It is a disgrace,” Llach concluded.

Meanwhile, Turull said that the party has five days to present the documentation demanded by the Civil Guard, and insisted: “Everything is perfect, signed, paid for, all is well, it is a political event organized by JxSí and we would never have thought that we would have to provide explanations or information,” he said, adding that the whole event cost some 17,600 euros.

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