Tweetstorm for Catalan Political Prisoners!

You may recall that on October 1st, 2017, there was a referendum held in Catalonia where the people were to decide whether or not their semi-autonomous region should secede entirely from Spain. Catalonia’s relationship with Spain is complex and the independence movement can be traced back further in history than the Spanish Civil War, when the region was at the center of resistance to Franco’s fascists.

When it comes to the Catalan people and where they stand on independence, opinions are divided…they have reasons to stay with Spain as well as reasons not to. But it seems that the real controversy here isn’t so much to do with the independence question, but the referendum itself and what it symbolizes. Why else would Catalan leaders and activists who organized the referendum be in prison or exiled, and facing up to 25 years in prison for charges like “rebellion” and “sedition”?

All they did was organize a vote, so that the people of Catalonia could decide for themselves what they wanted in terms of their future with the Spanish state. Wherever one may stand on Catalan independence, there is no arguing with the fact that Catalonia is a modern experiment in direct, participatory democracy that is historically rooted in progressive, anti-fascist, anti-authoritarian values and self-determination.

Some argue that the Catalans in jail over the referendum are not political prisoners, but many of us beg to differ. They are jailed because of the referendum, because of their political organizing and the threat to Spanish authority over the region. Their imprisonment is yet another example of state repression in the face of a people-powered, democratic initiative, and a very common response to social movements that threaten the status quo.

So how do we support the Catalan political prisoners?

There are many people both in and outside of Catalonia who are working together to raise awareness about the upcoming trials and express their solidarity. We will be following the trials closely and making sure that the information gets out there, despite very little word in the international media and little to no action from the EU, which should be extremely concerned by the fact that it has political prisoners.

Dutch comrades have started a worldwide petition urging the EU to take action and calling for the release of the Catalan political prisoners. All are encouraged to sign and it can be found here: https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/. Supporters of the imprisoned are also wearing yellow ribbons, and adding yellow ribbons to their social media photos to show solidarity. You can easily take a ribbon yourself, just go here and upload your photo: https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/.

Of course, in the information age we cannot raise awareness about anything without utilizing social media. This is why we are also holding a tweetstorm on Thursday, January 31st, 2019 beginning at 20:00 CET. We want people all over the world to tweet about the Catalonia situation, the political prisoners, the upcoming trials as well as sharing links to the petition and the ribbon site. We want to get lots of signatures on the petition as well as these ribbons and this issue trending on social media, so that the entire world knows about the Catalan struggle and the brave activists who lost their freedom in their fight for that very thing.

The following are tweets that you only need to click on to send out. They all have the link to the petition and the ribbon site. Feel free to use, distribute and modify them as you please. The main hashtags being used during the tweetstorm are #posatunllaç #CatalanRibbons #GiveYourselfARibbon #MakeAMove #FreeCatalanPoliticalPrisoners #Catalonia.

This is only the beginning. We stand in solidarity with all Catalan political prisoners, the people of Catalonia, all those who were arrested and who experienced repression and violence in the streets. We stand with those who are in exile. May you all be free to determine your own future, and the future of Catalonia.

#JodiCuixart is still in jail for his role in the Catalan referendum. Sign the petition to #FreeCatalanPoliticalPrisoners & tell EU to #makeamove: https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/ & #GiveYourselfARibbon in solidarity: https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ #posatunllaç #CatalanRibbons #Catalonia

Thousands Gather to tell Spain: #FreeCatalanPoliticalPrisoners! Join them & #GiveYourselfARibbon #posatunllaç https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ Also, sign the petition & tell EU to #MakeAMove: https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/ https://www.thenational.scot/news/17372023.thousands-gather-to-show-solidarity-with-catalan-prisoners/ #CatalanRibbons #Catalonia #FreeThemAll

Jailed Catalan Political Leaders Face Trial in Madrid this February! #GiveYourselfARibbon in solidarity: https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ #posatunllaç & Sign the petition! EU must #MakeAMove! https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/ #FreeCatalanPoliticalPrisoners #FreeThemAll #Catalonia

Catalan leaders & activists are in jail for engaging in direct democracy. If the EU is pro-democracy, #MakeAMove & #FreeCatalanPoliticalPrisoners! #CatalanRibbons for all: https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ #GiveYourselfARibbon #posatunllaç & Sign the petition: https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/

#Catalonia’s independence leaders spent Xmas in jail. Let’s make sure they spend next Xmas w/ loved ones! Sign the petition to tell Spain & EU, #FreeCatalanPoliticalPrisoners: https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/ & #GiveYourselfARibbon in solidarity: https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ #posatunllaç

12 Catalan leaders charged w/ sedition & rebellion against Spain for organizing a VOTE. Yes, they ARE political prisoners! Sign: https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/ & Solidarity ribbons: https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ #GiveYourselfARibbon #posatunllaç #FreeCatalanPoliticalPrisoners #Catalonia

.@sanchezcastejon serious about solving the ‘Catalonia crisis”? You can #FreeCatalanPoliticalPrisoners, for a start! This is why we wear ribbons. #GiveYourselfARibbon #posatunllaç https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ Also, people are signing: https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/ #MakeAMove #Catalonia

When a movement becomes effective, the powers that be will always try to crush it, like in #Catalonia. Solidarity w/ Catalan political prisoners! #GiveYourselfARibbon #posatunllaç https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ & Sign the petition: https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/ #FreeCatalanPoliticalPrisoners

Franco vibes are strong in Spain right now…just ask the jailed activists & politicians of #Catalonia! Tell the EU to #MakeAMove & #FreeCatalanPoliticalPrisoners: https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/#posatunllaç #GiveYourselfARibbon https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ #CatalanRibbons

25 Years in jail for organizing a democratic peoples’ referendum…this is the possible fate of Catalan Leaders & activists. Tell the Spanish gov’t & EU to #FreeCatalanPoliticalPrisoners! https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/ & #posatunllaç #GiveYourselfARibbon here https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/

Pro-tip: Don’t jail people for engaging in democracy while claiming to be a democratic country! ;) #FreeCatalanPoliticalPrisoners Tell the EU to #MakeAMove & #FreeThemAll: https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/ #GiveYourselfARibbon #posatunllaç #CatalanRibbons → https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/

If Spain wants dialogue w/ #Catalonia so badly, why not release Catalan leaders from prison so you can dialogue w/ them? #MakeAMove Sign the petition to #FreeCatalanPoliticalPrisoners: https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/ & #posatunllaç #GiveYourselfARibbon https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/

Recommended Read: ‘Five Things To Remember About #Catalonia’ (plus why leaders & activists are currently jailed) https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/09/08/five-things-to-remember-about-catalonia/ Petition to #FreeCatalanPoliticalPrisoners: https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/ & #posatunllaç #GiveYourselfARibbon in solidarity https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/

Recommended Read: ‘#Catalonia’s Fight is Driven by a Passion for Neighborhood, Not Nationhood’ https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/15/catalonia-independence-neighbourhood-nationhood-referendum #FreeCatalanPoliticalPrisoners! Sign the petition: https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/ #GiveYourselfARibbon here: https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ #CatalanRibbons #posatunllaç

#TBT, Oct.11th, 2017: ‘Pirate Parties worldwide support Catalan #Pirates against #censorship!’ https://pp-international.net/2017/10/pirate-parties-worldwide-support-catalan-pirates-against-censorship/ @partit_pirata Petition to #FreeCatalanPoliticalPrisoners: https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/ & #GiveYourselfARibbon #posatunllaç #CatalanRibbons https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/

Revolutionary movements will always be repressed by those who benefit from the current system. #Catalonia’s revolution lives on! Petition to #FreeCatalanPoliticalPrisoners: https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/ #GiveYourselfARibbon in solidarity: https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ #posatunllaç

#JordiSanchez is a Catalan MP & political prisoner charged w/ sedition for his role in the independence movement. Solidarity ribbons: https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ #GiveYourselfARibbon #posatunllaç #FreeCatalanPoliticalPrisoners #Catalonia & Sign the petition: https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/

#CarmeForcadell was the speaker of Catalan parliament — until she was jailed for being an independence leader. Free Carme, #FreeCatalanPoliticalPrisoners! Sign the petition: https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/ & #GiveYourselfARibbon #posatunllaç https://www.spanje.cat/lintje #Catalonia

2 things you can do RIGHT NOW to support Catalan political prisoners: Sign the petition telling Spanish gov’t & EU to #MakeAMove & #FreeCatalanPoliticalPrisoners: https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/ & #GiveYourselfARibbon https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ #posatunllaç #CatalanRibbons

Catalan freedom fighters should be seen as heroes, not criminals. If you agree, #giveyourselfaribbon to show solidarity w/ those jailed: https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ #posatunllaç Also, sign this petition demanding EU #MakeAMove for their release: https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/ #Catalonia

Wherever you stand on Catalan independence, what matters is that you believe Catalans have a right to choose! Say no to Spanish state repression & #FreeCatalanPoliticalPrisoners! https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/ #GiveYourselfARibbon #posatunllaç https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ #Catalonia

#JosepRull, former Catalan minister for territory & sustainability has been jailed since Nov.2017 for his role in the referendum. Sign the petition to #FreeAllCatalanPoliticalPrisoners: https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/ & #GiveYourselfARibbon #posatunllaç https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ #Catalonia

Self-determination is not a crime. EU is losing credibility w/ its silence on Catalan political prisoners! Let them know: https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/ #MakeAMove #FreeCatalanPoliticalPrisoners & #GiveYourselfARibbon in solidarity https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ #posatunllaç #Catalonia

For everyone that deserves a ribbon, you can now make a photo with yellow ribbon for your own profile. Like #petition site @spanjecat. You can make your own picture at https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ and sign the petition https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/?locale=en #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç

Per totes les persones que es mereixen un llaç groc, podeu posar una foto amb un llaç groc al vostre perfil. Com en @spanjecat Per fer-vos la foto entreu en el link: https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/?locale=cat

For everyone that deserves a ribbon, you can now make a photo with yellow ribbon for your own profile. Like #RicoBrouwer @ricobrouwer. You can make your own picture at https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ and sign the petition https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/?locale=en #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç

Per totes les persones que es mereixen un llaç groc, podeu posar una foto amb un llaç groc al vostre perfil. Com en #RicoBrouwer @ricobrouwer Per fer-vos la foto entreu en el link: https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç

For everyone that deserves a ribbon, you can now make a photo with yellow ribbon for your own profile. Like #piratenpartij #utrecht @PPUtrecht. You can make your own picture at https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ and sign the petition https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/?locale=en #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç

Per totes les persones que es mereixen un llaç groc, podeu posar una foto amb un llaç groc al vostre perfil. Com en #piratenpartij #utrecht @PPUtrecht Per fer-vos la foto entreu en el link: https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç

For everyone that deserves a ribbon, you can now make a photo with yellow ribbon for your own profile. Like #PedroSanchez @sanchezcastejon. You can make your own picture at https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ and sign the petition https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/?locale=en #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç

Per totes les persones que es mereixen un llaç groc, podeu posar una foto amb un llaç groc al vostre perfil. Com en #PedroSanchez @sanchezcastejon Per fer-vos la foto entreu en el link: https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç

For everyone that deserves a ribbon, you can now make a photo with yellow ribbon for your own profile. Like #OrioldeBalanzó @orioldebalanzo. You can make your own picture at https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ and sign the petition https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/?locale=en #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç

Per totes les persones que es mereixen un llaç groc, podeu posar una foto amb un llaç groc al vostre perfil. Com en #OrioldeBalanzó @orioldebalanzo Per fer-vos la foto entreu en el link: https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç

For everyone that deserves a ribbon, you can now make a photo with yellow ribbon for your own profile. Like #MarkRutte @minpres. You can make your own picture at https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ and sign the petition https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/?locale=en #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç

Per totes les persones que es mereixen un llaç groc, podeu posar una foto amb un llaç groc al vostre perfil. Com en #MarkRutte @minpres Per fer-vos la foto entreu en el link: https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç

For everyone that deserves a ribbon, you can now make a photo with yellow ribbon for your own profile. Like #LauraPratBertrams @LPratBertrams. You can make your own picture at https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ and sign the petition https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/?locale=en #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç

Per totes les persones que es mereixen un llaç groc, podeu posar una foto amb un llaç groc al vostre perfil. Com en #LauraPratBertrams @LPratBertrams. Per fer-vos la foto entreu en el link: https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç

For everyone that deserves a ribbon, you can now make a photo with yellow ribbon for your own profile. Like @Koning_NL. You can make your own picture at https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ and sign the petition https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/?locale=en #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç

Per totes les persones que es mereixen un llaç groc, podeu posar una foto amb un llaç groc al vostre perfil. Com en @Koning_NL. Per fer-vos la foto entreu en el link: https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç

For everyone that deserves a ribbon, you can now make a photo with yellow ribbon for your own profile. Like #InésArrimadas @InesArrimadas. You can make your own picture at https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ and sign the petition https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/?locale=en #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç

Per totes les persones que es mereixen un llaç groc, podeu posar una foto amb un llaç groc al vostre perfil. Com en #InésArrimadas @InesArrimadas Per fer-vos la foto entreu en el link: https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç

For everyone that deserves a ribbon, you can now make a photo with yellow ribbon for your own profile. Like @CasaReal. You can make your own picture at https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ and sign the petition https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/?locale=en #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç

Per totes les persones que es mereixen un llaç groc, podeu posar una foto amb un llaç groc al vostre perfil. Com en @CasaReal. Per fer-vos la foto entreu en el link: https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç

For everyone that deserves a ribbon, you can now make a photo with yellow ribbon for your own profile. Like #ElisendaPaluzie @epaluzie. You can make your own picture at https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ and sign the petition https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/?locale=en #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç

Per totes les persones que es mereixen un llaç groc, podeu posar una foto amb un llaç groc al vostre perfil. Com en #ElisendaPaluzie @epaluzie. Per fer-vos la foto entreu en el link: https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç

For everyone that deserves a ribbon, you can now make a photo with yellow ribbon for your own profile. Like Carme Almarza Casado @Carme_Almarza. You can make your own picture at https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ and sign the petition https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/?locale=en #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç

Per totes les persones que es mereixen un llaç groc, podeu posar una foto amb un llaç groc al vostre perfil. Com en Carme Almarza Casado @Carme_Almarza. Per fer-vos la foto entreu en el link: https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç

For everyone that deserves a ribbon, you can now make a photo with yellow ribbon for your own profile. Like #CarlesPuigdemont @KRLS. You can make your own picture at https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ and sign the petition https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/?locale=en #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç

Per totes les persones que es mereixen un llaç groc, podeu posar una foto amb un llaç groc al vostre perfil. Com en #CarlesPuigdemont @KRLS Per fer-vos la foto entreu en el link: https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç

For everyone that deserves a ribbon, you can now make a photo with yellow ribbon for your own profile. Like @assemblea_int. You can make your own picture at https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ and sign the petition https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/?locale=en #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç

Per totes les persones que es mereixen un llaç groc, podeu posar una foto amb un llaç groc al vostre perfil. Com en @assemblea_int Per fer-vos la foto entreu en el link: https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç

Un llaç groc a la teva foto de perfil a les xarxes socials és una mostra de solidaritat i de respecte als drets dels presos polítics Catalans. Carregueu la vostra foto de perfil aquí i col·loqueu el llaç groc. https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç

For everyone that deserves a ribbon, you can now make a photo with yellow ribbon for your profile and upload it to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. You can make your picture at https://www.spanje.cat/lintje/ and sign the petition https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/?locale=en #giveyourselfaribbon #posatunllaç

Vols tenir un llaç groc a la teva foto de perfil a Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn i Instagram? Ara ho pots fer! Per obtenir un llaç groc a la teva foto de perfil, ves a https://www.spanje.cat/lintje i signa la petició https://catalaansegevangenen.petities.nl/?locale=cat. #Posatunllaç #giveyourselfaribbon