This Tuesday, judge from National Court of Spain, Manuel García-Castellón, decided to prosecute for the crime of “belonging to 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. 13 pro-independence activists, who allegedly planned violent actions in Catalonia.

These are 13 alleged members of the Committees for the Defense of the Republic (CDR), organized citizen movements that were born in 2017 to facilitate the celebration of the independence referendum, which was prohibited by the Spanish Justice. Nine of them were arrested in September 2019 in the framework of the so-called “Operation Judas”, reported Télam.

The magistrate considered that “this group formed within the CDR the so-called Tactical Response Team (ERT)“, A” cell “made up of a small group of individuals of different CDRs of” great radicalism. ” According to the judge, all those investigated share “ideological principles favorable to independence and radical activism to achieve it.”

“Its final objective as an organization was to achieve the independence of Catalonia, using violence to its fullest expression, thereby forcing, in a coercive way, the institutions to grant by deed the separation of Catalonia from the rest of the world. Spain “, explained the judge.

The judicial investigations indicate that the members of the ERT participated in some of the most forceful actions of the CDRs 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” with 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 targets 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 Civil Guard Command. In January 2020, the National High Court released the last two activists who were in prison on bail and kept the case against them active.

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