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Catalan President suggests new referendum on independence of the region

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Catalan President suggests new referendum on independence of the region

Catalan regional president Quim Torra suggested on Thursday (17) a new vote on independence in the Spanish region during his tenure in response to the sentencing to prison for the leaders of the 2017 failed declaration of independence. to put the ballot boxes back for self-determination, "said Torra.

He proposes to end the legislature, which expires in early 2022, "validating independence" and "re-exercising the right to self-determination", ie holding a new referendum, according to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

"We all know the difficulties posed by repression and fear. But we must move on and not be intimidated by threats and prohibitions," he said.

The failed attempt at secession of October 2017, promoted by Torra's predecessor, Carles Puigdemont, led to the conviction of 9 to 13 years imprisonment of nine separatist leaders. The ruling of Spain's Supreme Court on Monday sparked a wave of protests, some of them violent in Spain's northeastern region.

During his speech, Torra did not condemn the violence during protests in which protesters set cars on fire and threw Molotov cocktails at police, according to France Presse.

Torra called for "to isolate and separate provocateurs and agitators from separatist protesters," but also called for investigations into the actions of the police subordinate to her own government for alleged excesses.

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