An on-line petition has been set up to call for the reversal of the veto decided by Spain's Electoral Commission on the European election bid by exiled Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, and in a day, it has achieved over 50,000 signatures. The petition was created on the change.org website by Maria do Carmo Marques Pinto, one of the directors of Puigdemont's political project La Crida.
The petition aims to ensure that Spain's Supreme Court annuls the Electoral Commission's veto and "immediately corrects the grave breach of the president Puigdemont's fundamental right to be a candidate for the European elections" on May 26th. According to the text, if this goal is not achieved, "Spain will go down in history as a failed democracy, in danger of becoming an authoritarian state, distanced from the principles and values that are the basis of the European Union."
Catalan political prisoner and Crida president Jordi Sànchez also sent out a call via Twitter to share the petition and denounce the ban. "Hundreds of thousands of us need to sign this to demand fair play and democracy," he tweeted.
Des de la presó Et demano un gest per denunciar la prohibició de la candidatura del President Puigdemont. Hem de ser centenars de milers que signem per exigir joc net i democràcia. Entra a https://t.co/ySbyifmHdG i signa. Per @krls !! Prou arbitrarietats!!!— Jordi Sànchez (@jordialapreso) April 30, 2019