Catalan Parliament wants referendum suspension lifted

Govt to appeal too, blocks referendum campaign, for now

30 September, 18:19

    CUP members protest in  front of the office of the government delegate in Barcelona against suspension of Catalonian sovereignty plebiscite CUP members protest in front of the office of the government delegate in Barcelona against suspension of Catalonian sovereignty plebiscite

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID - Catalan parliament speaker Nuria de Gispert announced on Tuesday that Catalonia would be appealing the suspension of an independence referendum. The suspension was imposed by Spain's constitutional court on Monday.

    Published on Tuesday in the official state gazette, the decision by the court means the decree and ''related activities'' for the planned November 9 referendum are suspended for a period of up to five months. At a press conference after a parliamentary group leaders meeting, De Gispert said that the appeal would be based on the ''fact that the decree is in line with the Constitution and the Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia''. The cabinet speaker said that, in the plenary session on Wednesday, the Catalan cabinet would be going ahead with the appointment of seven members of a Supervisory Committee as called for by the referendum decree. The committee will be tasked with overseeing that the referendum - now suspended by the constitutional court - be conducted in a regular manner.

    The Catalan government decided on Tuesday to halt, ''as a precautionary and temporary measure'', an advertising campaign for the planned November 9 independence referendum. The announcement was made at a press conference by Catalan government spokesman Francesc Homs after Spain's constitutional court ruled on Monday to suspend the referendum. The spokesman noted that Artur Mas's government would be appealing the decision and asking for an immediate revocation of the suspension.

    Homs said that the halt of the institutional campaign 'Tu Decideixes - Tu Decides' ('You Decide') - started on Saturday by the Catalan government in various media outlets and on the web page www.9consulta2014.cat - was decide by Mas to prevent his officials from risking prosecution and being barred from public office by Spanish courts. ''Our concern is to protect third parties - officials and individuals,'' he said. ''We can't allow them to carry the consequences of our decision on their shoulders.'' He added that anyone who continued to provide information or propaganda on the referendum would be doing so ''under their own responsibility'', but that the suspension did not mark the end of the process for independence. (ANSAmed).  

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