Spanish justice prosecuted for “terrorism” 13 pro-independence activists from Catalonia who allegedly planned violent actions in Catalonia. The judge of the National Court of Spain, Manuel García-Castellón, prosecuted them for “belonging to a terrorist organization and also for the crime of possession, deposit as well as manufacture of explosive and flammable substances or devices or their components, of a terrorist nature.”
It involves 13 members of the Committees for the Defense of the Republic (CDR), the citizen movement that was born in 2017 to facilitate the holding of the independence referendum, which was later banned by the Justice.
Nine of them were arrested in September 2019 in the framework of the so-called “Operation Judas”. As reported in a statement, the magistrate considered that “this group formed within the CDRs the so-called Tactical Response Team (ERT)”, a “cell” made up of a small group of individuals from different CDRs of “great radicalism.”
According to the judge, all those investigated share “ideological principles favorable to independence and radical activism to achieve it.”
“Your ultimate goal as an organization, was to achieve the independence of Catalonia, using violence in its maximum expression, thereby forcing, in a coercive way, the institutions to grant by deed the separation of Catalonia from the rest of Spain “, said the judge.
The judicial investigations indicate that the members of the ERT participated in some of the most forceful actions of the CDR and had “assumed the task” of planning the occupation of the Parliament of Catalonia to “defend it later”.
The magistrate pointed out that the 13 investigated formed “a parallel terrorist organization” to the CDR with the aim of “carrying out violent actions or attacks against previously selected targets” using explosives and incendiary substances that they manufactured in clandestine laboratories.
He also pointed out that the defendants, before being discovered, had been informed about possible objectives such as the headquarters in Barcelona of the Naval Command, the Military Government, the Government Delegation, the Prosecutor’s Office of the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia or the Headquarters of the Command of the Civil Guard.
In January 2020, the National High Court released on bail the last two activists who were in prison and kept the case against him active.