The Catalan president, Quim Torra, has urged this Saturday the acting head of the Spanish Executive, Pedro Sánchez, to set “a day and an hour” for a meeting to “immediately open dialogue and negotiation” to find a solution policy to the situation in Catalonia because its cause is “unstoppable”.
Torra, who this morning presided over the cabinet for monitoring the riots in CataloniaAfter the fifth day of violent protests, he also called for peaceful protest: “Violence is not our flag.”
The president has appeared after this meeting along with the Catalan vice president, Pere Aragonès, the ministers Ester Capella (Justice), Alba Vergés (Health) and Meritxell Budó (Presidency) and the mayors of Girona, Tarragona and Lleida: Marta Madrenas, Pau Ricomà and Miquel Pueyo, to make an institutional statement.
Torra has assured that starting a dialogue process between the central and Catalan governments is “today more urgent than ever to find a political solution to a political problem.”
“The defense of rights and freedoms must be expressed as we have always done: peacefully,” he said, adding that no form of violence represents them, in addition to thanking the mobilizations against the sentence carried out in cities throughout Spain.
Torra has called for responsibility in future calls for mobilizations, “on behalf of all mayors and mayors”, and has thanked the Catalan citizens for their commitment to rights and freedoms, a cause that has been defined as unstoppable.
In addition, he stated that neither in Barcelona nor in Tarragona nor in Lleida, nor in Girona nor in any Catalan municipality “violence has never been and will never be” the flag of independence.
The president has defended that the independence movement is a “transversal, massive, civic, ethical and peaceful” movement, a reputation that has taken years to build, he said, and was reflected on Friday in the mobilizations of the March for Freedom, has defended.
Ada Colau, absent
The mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, has not attended the meeting of the mayors of the Catalan capitals with Torra and the cabinet to monitor the mobilizations despite having been summoned. Sources from the Barcelona City Council have explained that Colau received the call in the morning while he was at the Barcelona Emergency Coordination Center (Cecor), so he has not been able to attend the other call.
The ERC leader in the Barcelona City Council, Ernest Maragall, has lamented the absence of the mayor Ada Colau in the meeting of President Quim Torra with the mayors of the Catalan capitals and has asked for her “involvement” in all those “spaces” seeking a solution to the “exceptionality” situation.
The imprisoned politicians affirm that “no violence” represents them and they support the Government
For his part, the leader of ERC, Oriol Junqueras; the ex-councilors Josep Rull, Jordi Turull, Raül Romeva, Joaquim Forn and Dolors Bassa; the former president of the Parliament Carme Forcadell and the former leader of the ANC Jordi Sànchez, the eight sovereign prisoners sentenced by 1-O have condemned the violence and have expressed their support for the institutional declaration of the Government and the mayors of Tarragona, Lleida and Girona de this Saturday, in a message of identical content that they have published on their Twitter accounts. Jordi Cuixart, has not yet spoken.
The message ends with a call for dialogue: “Negotiation and political solution is the way to resolve conflicts. No violence represents us. Next to our Government.”
We subscribe to the MHP statement @QuimTorraiPla i del VP @perearagones with the mayors of Tarragona, Lleida and Girona. Dialogue, negotiation and political solution is the way to resolve the conflict. No violence represents us. Next to ours @govern. https://t.co/uND7XO5Iuy
– Oriol Junqueras (@junqueras) October 19, 2019
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.