Throughout these weeks, we have received numerous signs of support and solidarity. We have read and heard numerous voices that, even after the complete misrepresentation of the facts of what occurred, have shown their disagreement with the qualification of the events as a terrorist act, with the transfer of the proceedings to the National Court of Spain, with the imprisonment of seven young people, and with other violations of rights such as the aforementioned lack of the presumption of innocence. The damage caused to the image of Alsasua by certain media outlets has been enormous.

During this time, there have been daily mass rallies held in front of the Alsasua Town Hall. Among the various acts of protest and solidarity carried out, of special importance was the protest convened by the town hall (with the support of the councilors of the parties Geroa Bai, EH Bildu, Goazen Altsasu and PSN), relatives of the people charged and the ‘Altsasuarra ta harro’(from Alsasua and proud) platform. This protest included the adhesion and support from all the City Councils of the Sakana valley region of Navarre to which Alsasua pertains, as well as from educational centers, businesses, professionals and associations. It was carried out on 26 November and attended by 15,000 to 20,000 people (Video). In Alsasua there are approximately 7,500 people. It was, without a doubt, the most multitudinous and pluralistic protest ever held in the area.

Among the institutional declarations, in addition to the agreements that are being taken in the plenary sessions of numerous municipalities, it is worth mentioning the institutional declaration of the Parliament of Navarre approved on 21 November 2016, and the statement approved by the Town Hall of Alsasua on 16 November.

I. INSTITUTIONAL DECLARATION OF THE PARLIAMENT OF NAVARRE

The Board of Spokespersons of the Parliament of Navarre has approved an institutional declaration by which the parliament of Navarre expresses its commitment for peace and coexistence in Altsasu / Alsasua and throughout Navarre presented by the G.P. Geroa Bai, G.P. EH Bildu Nafarroa, G.P. We-Ahal Dugu and A.P.F. of Izquierda-Ezkerra. They voted in favor of the statement by Geroa Bai, EH Bildu Nafarroa, Podemos-Ahal Dugu e Izquierda-Ezkerra.

Point 1 of the statement was adopted unanimously. UPN and PSN have voted against points 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7, and have abstained in point 4. The PPN has voted against points 2 to 7. The document states the following:

  1.  The Parliament of Navarre expresses its commitment to peace and coexistence in Altsasu/Alsasua and in all of Navarre.
  2. The Parliament of Navarre, respecting the judicial decisions, expresses its disagreement with the criminal status of the investigated incidents as an act of terrorism, which can carry a disproportionate sentence for the accused young adults. Accordingly, the Parliament of Navarre requests that the Central Examining Court no. 3 of the National Court of Spain, the Provincial Court of Navarre, and the Office of the Public Prosecutor reexamine the case so as to return jurisdiction to the Examining Court no. 3 of Pamplona-Iruñea, deemed competent by us to continue with the examination of the aforementioned incidents.
  3. The Parliament of Navarre expresses its disagreement with the arrests and the precautionary measures used, such as the incarceration of seven young adults from Altsasu/Alsasua, considering that it is a disproportionate, unjustified, and unnecessary measure to the development of the investigation, particularly when some of the young adults in question voluntarily appeared in court and they are not flight risks, and therefore calls for their immediate release.
  4. The Parliament of Navarre displays its outright rejection of the distorted image of the municipality of Altsasu/Alsasua that has been changed from what is the reality of the socially plural locality that is accustomed to coexistence among different people. In this regard, we value the conduct exemplified by the citizens in comparison with the facts.
  5. The Parliament of Navarre supports the silent demonstration held in Altsasu/Alsasua by the Town Council on Saturday, 26 November, with the slogan “Altsasu.”
  6. The Parliament of Navarre requests that the Ombudsperson for Children adopt the adequate and necessary measures so as to insure the rights of the minors involved in these proceedings are respected.
  7. The Parliament of Navarre agrees to forward a copy of the Institutional Declaration to the Town Council of Altsasu/Alsasua, to the Central Examining Court no. 3 of the National Court of Spain, to the Provincial Court of Navarre, to the Office of the Public Prosecutor, and to the Ombudsperson for Children.

II. INSTITUTIONAL DECLARATION OF THE TOWN COUNCIL OF ALSASUA

The Town Council of Altsasu/Alsasua, gathered in a plenary session on 16 November 2016, agrees to the following INSTITUTIONAL DECLARATION.

  1. We would like to express and adopt as our own the feelings of the families of the detained persons on Monday, 14 November, who feel defenceless, helpless, and worried for the future of their children in light of the exaggeration of the facts and before the possibility of disproportionate sentences with the incidents classified as an act of terrorism by National Court of Spain.
  2. Considering the above, we request protection of all institutions (executive as well as legislative and judicial) of Navarre so that these facts are heard in the Examining Court no. 3 of Pamplona, where the investigation began and where the report of the Regional Police is featured, who was originally in charge and who we consider competent in this matter.
  3. The Town Hall of Altsasu/Alsasua, still respecting the judicial decisions, expresses its disagreement with the criminal status of the facts in question as an act of terrorism, as well as with the arrests and the cautionary measures practiced, which are considered unnecessary.
  4. Likewise, we would like to express our solidarity with all those who have been affected by incidents that, as we understand, should have never happened, and by extension we would like to thank the town of Alsasua for their conduct in the face of these incidents.
  5. The Town Hall of Altsasu/Alsasua displays its commitment to peace and coexistence in our municipality, intensifying the dialogue and accountability among all in order to move forward with said coexistence.
  6. The Town Hall of Altsasu/Alsasua firmly rejects the image of our municipality that has been spread, which has nothing to do with reality, as well as the private information of the youth and minors that appears in such means.
  7. The Town Hall of Altsasu/Alsasua will stage a demonstration calling all citizens that will take place Saturday, 26 November at 13:00 under the slogan: “ALTSASU”.