The mayor of Barcelona asked the EU to mediate in the conflict with Spain

© RIA Novosti / Marina to Californiaprivate in fotoannunci protests in Barcelona. 20 September 2017The mayor of Barcelona asked the EU to mediate in the conflict with Spain© RIA Novosti / Marina to Californiaprivate the image Bank

The mayor of Barcelona Hell Cola asked the EU to mediate in conflict situation between Spain and Catalonia related to the plans of the Autonomous community to hold a referendum on independence on 1 October. A letter with his request, the official was published on the Twitter page.

I’ve sent a letter to 27 European mayors asking them to support our call for the EU to mediate between the Catalan & Spanish governments

— Ada Colau (@AdaColau) 28 Sep 2017

In a letter sent to the 27 EU countries, of colou «expresses concern at the difficult situation that has developed in Catalonia, where today there is a threat to the fundamental rights and freedoms». The official also notes that such threats are «the closing of public Internet sites, the detention of members of the local government, as well as sending police forces in Catalonia in order to prevent citizens to vote in the referendum on independence».

Cola also writes that the Catalan question «now is not only a Spanish issue and should be discussed at the European level». «We live in a global reality, and what is happening in Barcelona, has an immediate effect in Madrid, Paris, London and Brussels,» — said the mayor.

At this point, according to Cola, «Europe can not ignore threats to the fundamental rights and freedoms, protection of which is one of the most important principles of Europe». «In this situation, I ask the European Commission to mediate between the government of Catalonia and by the Spanish government with the aim to find a solution through dialogue,» — said the mayor of Barcelona.

Spain’s constitutional court had earlier suspended all documents regarding the vote for independence on October 1, generalities and adopted by the Catalan Parliament. Thus, all further actions of the Catalan authorities on the preparation of the referendum illegal.

According to polls, the independence of Catalonia supports 41% of the population of the Autonomous community, 49% oppose. For a referendum on the status of the Autonomous community are 80% of Catalans, but most of them believe that voting should be coordinated with the Central authorities in Madrid. The vote, which the government of Catalonia is going to hold on October 1, according to 60% of Catalans, is not legitimate and may not have any legal consequences.