Day 3 of the trial of the Catalan government: Oriol Junqueras’ testimony


The voice of the vice president of Catalonia, Oriol Junqueras, had not been heard for 469 days, since he was dismissed from his post and then remanded in custody on charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds on 2 November 2017 by the Spanish High Court.

Highlights of Oriol Junqueras’ testimony in 12 videoclips

1. “I’m convinced that I am accused for my ideas and not for my acts and, considering that this is a political trial, as I understand it, and that I’m an elected representative and have a duty to my voters, I will not answer any prosecution questions.” Oriol Junqueras

“I’m convinced that I am accused for my ideas and not for my acts.” Oriol Junqueras

2. “In January 2016, I was appointed Vice President and Minister of Economy and Finance of the Generalitat of Catalonia, a post from which I was dismissed with the application of Article 155. I currently consider myself to be a political prisoner.” Oriol Junqueras

“I currently consider myself to be a political prisoner.” Oriol Junqueras

3. “How do we define the right to self-determination? Well, as the application of the democratic principle, as recognised in international treaties. We’ve always sought it, seek it still and will continue to seek it, whatever the result of the trial.” Oriol Junqueras

“We define the right to self-determination as the application of the democratic principle, as recognised in international treaties.” Oriol Junqueras

4. “Because we are democrats, because we are republicans, because we are in favour of social justice, because we are in favour of equal opportunities, and have this conviction that the best way to embody these values is through a Catalan Republic.” Oriol Junqueras

“The best way to embody these values is through a Catalan Republic.” Oriol Junqueras

5. “We have always, always rejected violence. Why? Because any noble aim in politics or life can become immoral if the means used to achieve it are indecent. This is valid for the Catalan Republic, the Spanish monarchy, Europe, and it is valid for anything else.” Oriol Junqueras

“Any noble aim in politics or life can become immoral if the means used to achieve it are indecent.” Oriol Junqueras

6. “Nothing we have done is a criminal offence. Nothing, absolutely nothing. Voting in a referendum is not an offence. Working towards the Catalan Republic in a peaceful way is not an offence. We have not committed one of the crimes we’re accused of.” Oriol Junqueras

“We have not committed one of the crimes we’re accused of.” Oriol Junqueras

7. “I’ve often said I love Spain and its peoples, language and culture because it’s true. How’s this compatible with my being a Catalan republican? Because I’m convinced the best way to guarantee peaceful coexistence is through mutual acknowledgement between equals.” Oriol Junqueras

“I’m convinced the best way to guarantee peaceful coexistence is through mutual acknowledgement between equals.” Oriol Junqueras

8. “The referendum cost taxpayers nothing at all. As far as the polling stations are concerned, there’s a fact I think is indisputable – that public premises can’t, by definition, be rented out so it’s impossible to calculate any supposed loss of earnings.” Oriol Junqueras

“The referendum cost taxpayers nothing at all.” Oriol Junqueras

9. “Everybody saw the violence some police officers used. It was seen on all the TV channels of the world: how they hit people doing nothing, used banned equipment and went against the court order dictating restraint and forbidding action on private premises.” Oriol Junqueras

“Everybody saw the violence some police officers used. It was seen on all the TV channels of the world.” Oriol Junqueras

10. “Everything that’d happened up to then was completely civil, peaceful, exemplary and respectful so the only thing that could be expected was that this’d continue. The people who went to vote behaved strictly according to peaceful, civil and non-violent criteria.” Oriol Junqueras

“The people who went to vote behaved strictly according to peaceful, civil and non-violent criteria.” Oriol Junqueras

11. “We face a situation that requires a political solution. This political solution must somehow be endorsed by a popular vote, and this vote must somehow be respected.” Oriol Junqueras

“We face a situation that requires a political solution.” Oriol Junqueras

BONUS TRACK. “Their attitude was peaceful, respectful. They were even handing out carnations. They were singing, among many other things, Virolai, a hymn dedicated to the Mother of God, which refers to the Virgin of Montserrat as the Spanish Star of Bethlehem.” Oriol Junqueras

“They were even handing out carnations.” Oriol Junqueras

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