Call to Action: Dutch Pirates invite the international community to join Catalan political prisoner campaign

Call to Action: Dutch Pirates invite the international community to join Catalan political prisoner campaign

November 30, 2018
Activism, Invitation, News, Pirate Party News

The following is a call to action from Dutch Pirates Rico Brouwer and Saskia Söller. PPI’s function is to facilitate cooperation between Pirates all over the world. We want you, our members as well as non members, to join the Netherlands in helping to make sure that the media in your country is aware of the trials of Catalan political activists and elected officials that are set to start in January 2019. Furthermore we encourage all Pirates to come up with ideas or take part in actions that will amplify what is about to happen.

The PPI board thanks our Dutch sisters and brothers for their initiative and would like to see more like it in the future.

~Bailey L.


Dear Pirates,

This is a call to action for all European Pirates to report in our own countries on the trial proceedings of Catalan political prisoners. Trials will start in January 2019.

MSM and our politicians remain quiet? Let’s fix that for them.

(Juridical) background information (in English) was recorded in a presentation held in the Hague – Netherlands on November 9th 2018 and online here:

Please assess for yourself if you think these are political prisoners. And if so, if Pirates ought to stand by or take some Piraty action.

I propose our PPI connection to be the way to start create an international platform to air the trial proceedings throughout our member states, where MSM does not. Also we could petition our respective local governments to take a position on the Catalan claim that these are indeed political prisoners inside our EU.

Proposed action plan consists of two separate actions:

1. Setup a Pirate network (aka mailing list) through which to relay reports from Catalunya and the trial proceedings in Madrid as they take place early next year, translate them if needed and distribute them locally. And also share whatever else we come up with.

2. Setup coordinated actions to demand engagement by our respective governments on the issue of there being political prisoners in the EU.

Note: the focus of our efforts would be on the right to self determination and the right to hold a referendum. It would not be for the content of vote on independence.

Let us demand Spain release political prisoners aka elected politicians and not prosecute them for holding a referendum.

The Pirate Party in Utrecht podcast crew (aka Saskia and Rico) would be happy to coordinate proposed efforts. They may be reached through

We ask all Pirates to discuss this call to action in your respective parties and get in touch with us if you like to join before December 12th with your names, country and possibly additional plans. Respond also if you just want to be included on a mailing list so you may distribute reports of the court proceeding locally!

Background information: In Catalunya (in Spain) a referendum was held Oct. 1st 2017 in their search for independence. Following the referendum, some elected representatives (and other leaders in Catalunya) were imprisoned by Spain on charge of rebellion. They’ve now been in prison for a year. Others left the country and now live in exile. On September 11th 2018 the yearly ‘Diada’ took place; a large scale (1 million people+) demonstration in Barcelona. Pirate Party Utrecht, Pirate Party Netherlands were among the international observers invited to join as ‘friends of Catalunya’. Saskia Söller and Rico Brouwer reported on their visit in this English and Spanish subtitled podcast:

These elected representatives of Catalunya and others, will face trial in January. They have been indicted for crimes including rebellion facing up to 25 years in prison. EU, EU member states and even MPs appear not to want to take a stand, they mostly call this ‘a local Spanish issue’. MSM is ignoring. Journalists are ignoring.

So let’s be journalists then.

On November 9th an in depth juridical debate by international human rights experts and advocates took place in the Hague – Netherlands (in > English) which we recorded and can be seen here.  Yes we’ll create a shorter and subtitled version, it should be ready early December.

From Holland we would work with the Catalans in getting reports and media exposure out. We would work with your Pirate Parties in getting the content translated to your native languages and have all of us distribute it through our local channels. Please take this into your consideration?

Thank for the PPI-GA in Munich and online for those who were there, now let’s do some ‘coordinated activism’ as was called for, on a European if not global scale.

Looking forward to getting in touch with as many Pirates as we can through if you want to join in this team effort and thank you for sharing this call to action in your networks.

kind regards,

Rico Brouwer and Saskia Söller
Pirate Party Utrecht

8 Responses

  1. daniel

    December 2, 2018, 12:55:51

    I’ve written an open letter in response to this call for action.

    kind regards

  2. Carmen Ruiz

    December 5, 2018, 09:10:12

    Good morning, thank you very much for your support, in Spain they manipulate everything that happens in Catalonia, we want to become independent because we are tired of the repression that we suffer, we are a democratic, tolerant and above all pacific people. On October 1, 2017 the civil guard and the national police gave us sticks just for the fact of wanting to vote, they did not care if they were older people, if there were children, but the most important thing is that the citizens of Spain were happy to see how they beat us, even the days before encouraged them by singing “for them” and the worst thing is that on October 3 the king came out giving a speech, he did not have a kind word with us, he was not able to condemn violence. We have our elected politicians, we vote them and on December 21, we voted them again in elections that Spain has commanded, as they do not like the results because they do not follow what came out. We also have exiled people, politicians as well as singers or members of the CDR. Please we need help, right now we have 4 political prisoners on hunger strike. Please show what really happens in Catalonia. Thank you. Visca Catalunya Lliure!

  3. Serge

    December 23, 2018, 20:17:34

    Gracias. Mil gracias.

  4. Marcus Stevenson

    January 27, 2019, 02:01:59

    When you talk about “Catalans” you actually mean “Catalan independentists”. Catalonia is plural, as plural is Spain, and nowadays most of the population in Catalonia don’t want to leave Spain. It was just after the last economical crisis that “moderate” nationalism ruling in Catalonia (one of the richest and most privileged regions in Spain) increased their radicalness, embraced an even more populist and anti-hispanic (openly xenophobe) speech.

    In 2007 support to independence was about 15%. Now it is about 45%. Not an historic demand as you can see, just the effects of a severe economical crisis (aggravated by corrupt politicians in Catalonia, the region in Spain with the highest political corruptness rate) plus a populist and simple “blame Spain for everything” message and a very well orchestrated victimhood through social networks and international media.

    Economical crisis, rise of nationalism and populism… Does it sound to you?

    Needless to say what this mixture brought to Europe in the 20th century, and very sad to discover that my beloved Pirate Party is supporting the discourse of nationalists. It is absolutely crazy!!

    For those who want to know what is happening and why those politicians are actually in jail, please, read Open Letter from Daniel above, very nice.

    For me this is a sad reason to stop supporting Pirate Party 🙁

    Thank you!!

    1. Raymond Johansen

      February 21, 2019, 18:10:47

      Thank you for you feedback. Duly noted. Wish you a great day. – Ray

    2. Francesc Plà i Garriga

      March 2, 2019, 17:44:30

      LIE IS NOT OK !!!
      Lying is not right, company! however much you want to distort it, no matter how much you go to tell lies the truth always wins.
      Catalonia is treated by Spain as Colonial practicing an economic, social and cultural expulsion SISTEMATIC
      YOUR explanation that distills populism, xenophobia and racism.
      It is quite obvious and advisable that the Catalan Nation is less corrupt than in other territories, precisely …

      These facts make the vast majority of the Catalan population say that they want to leave Spain, we have a strong proof:
      At the Referendum on October 1, 2017, 90% of the votes were affirmative. Now, Catalonia has already decided that you want to live in a new state!

      The Pirate Party bases its ideology on the defense of HUMAN RIGHTS and respects DIRECT DEMOCRACY.
      Therefore it is normal to denounce the existence of political prisoners and through democratic radicalism defend the results of the people of Catalonia.

      Go ahead with the Pirates!

    3. Omar Macías Molina

      May 9, 2019, 09:37:33

      The pirates are democrats and the people of Catalonia went VOTE on the first of October. And they did it disobeying (even those who voted NOT to independence) to a state that used violence to prevent it. The Catalans decided they wanted independence and the Pirates would defend it. Independence is not an objective, it is a democratic consequence.

  5. Masey collins

    March 19, 2019, 12:27:09

    Hi Raymond Johansen,

    I think it’s a problem for Spain that there are political prisoners out there.

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