On the imprisonment of Carles Puigdemont

Gregor Gysi, President of the European Left, has stated:

“With the imprisonment of ex-Regional President of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, the governments in Germany and Spain have made completely the wrong decision.

What would we say, if the ex-president of a German Land, for example of Bavaria, had been arrested?

There is a treaty concluded between Madrid and Catalonia within their parliaments, which implies more autonomy for Catalonia. The party of the current prime minister went against that treaty. This position: ‘No concessions to Catalonia’, just radicalized the situation and strengthened the will for secession of Catalonia from Spain.

The recent worsening of the situation in Spain can be solved only by political means and not by imprisonments and punishments. Similar to Belgium, Germany should keep its hands off this issue. With this assistance to the Spanish government, Germany becomes the party in conflict and also shares the responsibility for an eventual further escalation of violence.”

Left Unity is active in movements and campaigns across the left, working to create an alternative to the main political parties.

About Left Unity   Read our manifesto


Events and protests from around the movement, and local Left Unity meetings.

Sat 27 April, 10.30
Day of Action against far right party First Britain – Waltham Abbey

The far right party First Britain is standing in local elections in Waltham Abbey, Essex. Stand Up To Racism has organised this action.

More info at wfsutr@gmail.com

Sat 11 May, 12.00-16.00
Exist! Resist! Return! National Demo for Palestine

Assemble 12 noon at Portland Place and march to Whitehall.

More info here.

Sat 29 June, 11.00-18.00
Left Unity National Conference

Left Unity’s annual conference will take place in Liverpool this year.

More info here.

More events »


Sign up to the Left Unity email newsletter.


Get the latest Left Unity resources.

Broadsheet: Trump, Brexit and the Global Far Right Surge

Broadsheet: No One is Illegal!

Transform journal

More resources »