Kildare County Council to discuss baking Catalan Parliament's right to democratic vote

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Kildare County Council to discuss baking Catalan Parliament's right to democratic vote
13:14 Saturday 18th of November 2017

One local councillor in Kildare has called on the council to send their wishes to the Catalan parliament and to support them in their efforts to host a democratic election.

The Catalan Independence movement hosted an illegal referendum on October 1 to ask the region's voters if they wanted to leave Spain, with the vast majority voting yes. Spanish police moved in to prevent the vote, leading to flashpoints on the streets of Barcelona.

On October 27 the Catalan Parliament declared independence for the region, but the executive council of the Catalan Parliament were removed from power by the Spanish government the following day.

Cllr Mark Lynch has put forward a motion for Kildare County Council to support the Catalonian Parliament.

"That the council supports the Catalan parliament, Ministers and Officials in their right to hold democratic elections and send them our wishes in this regard and we denounce the Spanish Government for their jailing of Catalan Ministers, violence towards voters and the anti democratic manner in which they are conducting themselves in relation to core human, political and civil liberties; the right to freedom of association and suffrage," read Cllr Lynch's motion.

The next meeting of Kildare County Council is on Monday November 27 where the matter will be discussed.

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