Catalonia ratifies will to separate from Spain
After his first official meeting with the head of the Spanish government, Pedro Sanchez, Torra told a news conference in Madrid that the separatist movement will not give in any way to achieve the independence of that autonomous community.
The right to self-determination is a main element to discuss the Catalonian issue, the conservative politician said, in reference to a possible referendum to solve the conflict in that region, which has a population of 7.5 million.
Despite lauding the pleasant and frank atmosphere of the meeting with Sanchez, the pro-independence leader regretted that the stances of the two parties on how to find a political solution to the dispute are still very different.
Above all, regarding the Catalonians' right to decide, which Spain does not recognize because it is not established in the 1978 Constitution, as the Palace of La Moncloa recalled on Monday.
Torra noted that he and his interlocutor discussed the situation of the pro-independence leaders who are in prison or in exile and have been accused by Spanish justice of rebellion and other crimes, due to their role in the proclamation of a Catalonian Republic in October 2017.
I have told him (Sanchez) that there are political prisoners and exiles in Catalonia. It is a totally unfair situation and a juridical indecency,' he charged. ■