‘We are not violent’; Sep 29, 2019


Politics

Catalonia

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In a JxCat political act in front of the Lledoners penitentiary, the Catalan president has stated that he “always” has rejected violence, yes, “when it has occurred”.

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Pedro Sánchez at the Festa de la Rosa.

The president of the Generalitat, Quim Torra, pointed out this Sunday that he cannot “condemn what does not exist”, since “independence has always been peaceful” and therefore “clashes with violence in a natural way”: “We do not we are violent, “he assured.

In his speech at a JxCat political event in front of the Lledoners penitentiary (Barcelona), the Catalan president has stated that he has “always” rejected violence, yes, “when it has occurred”.

“We cannot condemn what does not exist; because we are not violent,” he insisted, adding: “We have no problem condemning violence when it has occurred, but we cannot fall into the framework to which they want to lead us, simply “.

He has also urged the State and “the parties that have supported 155” to condemn the “State violence” of the October 1, 2017 votes, which for him is “the only violence that should be condemned.”

Regarding the general elections, Torra has said that “the only one who has failed” is the President of the Spanish Government in office, Pedro Sánchez, for failing to be invested by Congress.

Torra: “You cannot govern without listening to the people of Catalonia”

He has also argued that if the elections must be repeated it is because “you cannot govern without listening to the people of Catalonia”, a will that has demanded that it be “respected” and that, if it is not done, it will perpetuate “instability and deep crisis of the State “.

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“And if we have to vote no for President Sánchez again, we will again vote no for President Sánchez”, has affirmed the president in reference to a new investiture after the elections.

Visibly moved, Torra has called on the independence movement to “stay together”, not to fall into “provocations” and “recover the smile” in the face of “so many limits” crossed by the State.

“In this new stage that is beginning,” he said in reference to the Supreme Court ruling that will be known shortly, sovereignty must once again take “the initiative” and be “more cheerful and determined.”

He has also affirmed that he will “keep” the banner on the balcony of the Palau de la Generalitat despite what the Justice dictates, although this leads him to be sentenced to disqualification from public office.

Puigdemont: “The Government of Catalonia will never have any Mr. X from an armed gang like the GAL”

In the same act he has participated, in video conference from Waterloo (Belgium), the former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, who has addressed Sánchez directly and told him that “the Government of Catalonia will never have any Mr. X from an armed gang like the GAL” and has also affirmed that he will never be seen a Catalan minister “convicted of kidnapping anyone”.

Puigdemont has censored the “strategy of wanting to criminalize the entire independence movement”, which, he pointed out, “only admits one answer”: “That we use the weapons of democracy: the ballot papers and the ballot box.”

For her part, the leader of Citizens in Catalonia, Lorena Roldán, has said that “given the very serious events that occurred this week in Catalonia” she is going to ask the party leadership that the Executive this Monday debate and vote on the presentation of a motion of censure against Torra.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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