- "I will be issuing a motion to formally censure Saw Gerrera and cut him off from any contact with our forces. Our Rebel Alliance will not include Gerrera or his Partisans."
- ―Mon Mothma, to Bail Organa
The Resolution of Censure Condemning Saw Gerrera of the Partisans was an official act of censure issued against Saw Gerrera, resistance leader of the Partisans and member of the fledging Alliance to Restore the Republic, by the Alliance Council. The motion of censure was introduced by Alliance Chief of State Mon Mothma shortly before the formal Declaration of the Rebel Alliance in 2 BBY.
Gerrera was controversial resistance fighter due to his brutal tactics against the Galactic Empire and his willingness to target innocents and civilians. The resolution formally removed him from the Rebel Alliance. Gerrera later condemned Mothma and the Alliance leadership as being weak and ineffective, further fracturing the relationship between them. The Alliance briefly put aside their concerns about Gerrera in 0 BBY when they sent Jyn Erso and Captain Cassian Andor to Jedha to locate Gerrera and uncover what he knew about the Empire's Death Star.
A distate for brutality
- "…the brutality of the Partisans is actively harming our cause. That sort of extremism is what allows the Empire to paint us all as extremists."
- ―Mon Mothma, to Bail Organa
Saw Gerrera was one of the earliest resistance fighters to combat the rule of the Galactic Empire, having been personally trained as a rebel by the Jedi on Onderon during the Clone Wars. As the early rebellion against the Empire spread, Gerrera employed more and more tactics that many other early rebel leaders considered brutal and inhumane. He became a figure of controversy amongst members of what became the Alliance Council, sparking debate between Senators Mon Mothma and Bail Organa, two of the most prominent rebel leaders. Between 5 BBY and 2 BBY, Organa argued that Gerrera's methods, while cruel, served the cause of rebellion and he was worth keeping him and his Partisans as an ally. Mothma, on the other hand, advocated the stance of a Jedi: that the compromising of moral principles was a path to darkness, and that Gerrera was too far gone.
Around 2 BBY, Mothma, as Alliance Chief of State, made the decision to introduce a formal resolution of censure against Gerrera. She presented her motion to the Alliance Council after informing Organa of her decision, refusing to allow Gerrera to have any further contact with rebel forces. The motion was passed shortly before the Declaration of the Rebel Alliance that publicly acknowledged the existence of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, and it blasted Gerrera for his violations of the Ruusan Armistice governing humane behavior and acting in a manner contrary to the laws and ideals of the rebellion. The result was the Resolution of Censure Condemning Saw Gerrera of the Partisans, ending his official involvement with the Alliance.
Reactions and legacy
- "So long as our allies in the Senate have hope of a peaceful resolution to this conflict, I will not risk—"
"If you continue to allow this war to be fought on the Empire's terms, not yours, you are going to lose."
"I will not be lectured on military strategy by a man who has proven himself a criminal."
- ―Mon Mothma and Saw Gerrera
Despite the censure, the resolution was not the end of Gerrera's encounters with the Alliance. In 1 BBY,[source?] after the Alliance refused to conduct an operation against an Imperial relay station on Jalindi, Gerrera broadcasted a message to Alliance operates on Yavin 4 and condemned Alliance leaders as cowards. Mothma spoke to him directly and labeled him a criminal who targeted civilians before cutting off the transmission. The Spectres, a group of rebels led by Commander Hera Syndulla, ultimately carried out the mission with some support from Gerrera. In 0 BBY, the Alliance sent Jyn Erso and Captain Cassian Andor to find Gerrera on Jedha and discover whatever information he had about the Empire's new superweapon, the Death Star. Though Gerrera perished when the Death Star destroyed the Holy City on Jedha, the information he had obtained proved valuable to the discovery of the Death Star plans and the ultimate destruction of the Death Star.
Decades later, when a construction crew on Durkteel were clearing the ground of the ruins of the Tak-Beam complex for a comm tower, they uncovered an artifact known as The Rebel Files, which eventually made its way to the Resistance led by General Leia Organa. The document included multiple conversations between Mothma and Bail Organa about Gerrera's actions, along with the full text of the Resolution of Censure Condemning Saw Gerrera of the Partisans. Leia noted in the document that she remembered Gerrera and all of the debate surrounding him, but that Mothma had always made her opinion clear.
|Source: Star Wars: The Rebel Files||Attribution: Resolution of Censure Condemning Saw Gerrera of the Partisans, recorded in The Rebel Files|
RESOLUTION OF CENSURE CONDEMNING SAW GERRERA OF THE PARTISANS
In his conduct as a resistance leader and a member of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, Saw Gerrera, in violation of his vows to honor the Alliance's standards governing humane behavior including the traditions established under the Ruusan Armistice, has acted in a fashion contrary to the laws of civilized behavior and engaged in acts of moral repugnance unjustified under a state of war.
Saw Gerrera's Partisans, under Gerrera's sole leadership and direction, have targeted civilians and innocents, have employed cruel methods of interrogation, and have refused to respond to repeated concerns raised by Alliance representatives. It is concluded that Saw Gerrera has not acted in a fashion worthy of the Alliance's respect and trust.
It is hereby resolved, by the Chief of State of the Alliance to Restore the Republic and the members of the Alliance Council, that Saw Gerrera be condemned for acting in a manner incompatible with the laws and ideals of this body.
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Behind the scenes
The end of Saw Gerrera's relationship with the Rebel Alliance was indirectly mentioned in the 2016 film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, when Mon Mothma (Genevieve O'Reilly) spoke of Gerrera's break from the Alliance and the problems his militancy caused them. The decision that led to his removal from the Alliance was officially named as the Resolution of Censure Condemning Saw Gerrera of the Partisans in the 2018 reference book Star Wars: The Rebel Files.
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (First mentioned) (Indirect mention only)
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story novelization (Indirect mention only)
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story audiobook (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: The Rebel Files (First identified as Resolution of Censure Condemning Saw Gerrera of the Partisans)
Notes and references
- Star Wars: The Rebel Files
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A War on Two Fronts"
- Star Wars: On the Front Lines states that the Declaration of the Rebel Alliance took place two years before the Battle of Yavin. Star Wars: The Rebel Files shows the Resolution of Censure Condemning Saw Gerrera of the Partisans as taking place shortly before Mon Mothma's Declaration of the Rebel Alliance, so we can deduce the approximate time.
- Star Wars Rebels – "In the Name of the Rebellion"
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope