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CGT statement on the arrest of Barcelona Organization Secretary, Laura Gómez

category iberia | repression / prisoners | press release author Wednesday April 25, 2012 15:02author by Confederación General del Trabajo de Barcelona - CGT-Barcelona Report this post to the editors

The repression continues after the general strike. This morning, while she was on her way to work, the Catalonian police arrested the Organization Secretary of the CGT-Barcelona, Laura Gómez and took her to the police station in Les Corts. They do not like the fact that every time there are more and more of us, protesting against the negotiation of labour reform and against the "social pact", not for it. [Castellano]

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CGT statement on the arrest of Barcelona Organization Secretary, Laura Gómez


The repression continues after the general strike. This morning, while she was on her way to work, the Mossos d'Esquadra [Catalonian police] arrested the Organization Secretary of the CGT-Barcelona, Laura Gómez and took her to the police station in Les Corts. The charge by the police is arson and fire damage to the Barcelona Stock Exchange. This and other charges against her have no foundation and are an attempt to create an image of a violent person. Laura does not have a criminal record, and all that the police can cite are peaceful actions during the struggle for labour rights in Barcelona.

The truth - without exaggerating - is that already after the general strike we said, literally, "it is true that members of the CGT burned a couple of papers in a box in front of the Barcelona Stock Exchange, and threw a few eggs, actions that were fully symbolic and carried out openly. That is what the plainclothes police in our modst must have thought too, given that they did not bother to identify anyone. It is by no means true that it was the first fire, in Mercabarna, in the Zona Franca, etc. there were several fires throughout the night, most of which were started by other unions' pickets".

What a coincidence that this arrest occurs on the same day that the famous site for posting photos of "violent" protestors was presented. What a coincidence that the various state establishments, both the Generalitat and the Barcelona Municipality have not stopped pointing at the CGT and have not stopped exaggerating with regard to the CGT. We know that we are not to your liking, nor do we want to be, but we will not apologize for our continued growth. We know you want to make an example of individuals and organizations that refuse to humour the system, but to go from that to persecuting and harassing our members is a big step. The abuse of power that those in authority often fall into against those who think differently is something that we are used to, though great care is taken to hide it.

The CGT believes that there is an attempt to hide the growing number of people attending events by organizations that are not to your liking. You do not like the fact that every time there are more and more of us, protesting against the negotiation of labour reform and against the "social pact", not for it. The decline in work and social conditions, the increase in injustice, the enormous differences between the rich and poor, all this has without doubt led to greater conflict and now the politicians are looking for excuses to toughen crime laws. It is sickening to see how public money is given to banks, how de facto "tax amnesties" are announced to the benefit of major tax evaders, how permissive the system is in order to allow tax evasion by means of sly practices and economic bureaucracy, how SICAVs [1] which pay nothing are encouraged, while all the while they are seeking to criminalize anyone who disagrees.

Press Office
CGT Barcelona

Translation by FdCA-International Relations Office.


1. Open-ended investment schemes or mutual funds. In Spain they pay 1% corporate tax.

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