Wagensberg before the Supreme Court: "1-O was the most important act of civil disobedience taking place in Europe"ERC deputy: "The referendum was the most notable act of civil disobedience in recent times in Europe"
Ruben Wagensberg declarant al Suprem
ERC deputy Ruben Wagensberg defended before the Supreme Court the "festive and peaceful" character of October 1, while stating as well that the referendum was "the most notable act of civil disobedience in recent times in Europe."
Wagensberg explained that on that day he voted in Cantallops, in the morning, then went to the Escola Industrial of Barcelona to support the people he had mobilized. Asked about the prosecutor Fidel Cadena on why he moved to this center when he had already voted, Wagensberg argued that it was not going to prevent anything but rather to defend the right to vote:
"Wagensberg: I just wanted to be with my colleagues as we feared that police forces could appear to prevent the referendum.
Cadena: So were you there to prevent police forces from confiscating material?
Wagensberg: I can say it in a positive way: I was there in order to exercise the right to vote and to help other people who had already not voted to do so."
Wagensberg responded to the State Attorney that people mobilized and organized the 1-O because "they considered that there was an unfair Constitutional resolution, so they decided to disobey it."
Extreme right party Vox, at the trial as popular accusation, asked Wagensberg who organized the citizenship, to which Wagensberg responded appealing to the Catalan Civil Society:
"The very same citizenship. It was totally spontaneous. It started two days before October 1, when the citizens locked themselves in schools, I do not know for sure, but would definitely bet that they were locked in the schools to exercise this right, even if it was against the will of the government,. And what happened there was just a series of superfluous activities, because there was the AMPA (Catalan for "Association of School Parents"), the parents' associations, as well as people from that same neighborhood.
It is important to say that in Catalonia we have a very important associative network that goes from the castellers to neighboring entities, thus facilitating any mobilization, being that of October 1 or the one related to the campaign in favor of hosting refugees. These things just spread rapidly throughout the population."
The Republican deputy also referred to the association En Peu de Pau to explain that it was born to "foster the culture of non-violence, the legitimate right to protest, and to protest without violence."