Council for the Republic 'against' Catalan interests, says unionist group
Pro-independence civic organizations welcome new council led by Puigdemont and call for it to contribute making cause international
The Council for the Republic, a private organization to be presented on Tuesday evening and headed by former president Carles Puigdemont from exile, which aims to promote the Catalan independence movement abroad, has not been well received by everyone.
Societat Civil Catalana (SCC), a group that is against independence, rejects the initiative. The SCC head, José Rosiñol, called president Quim Torra's plans to present the Council on Tuesday evening a "performance" and "against the interests of Catalans.”
Council for the Republic, to be presented on Tuesday evening
The Catalan president is due to launch the Council for the Republic at 7pm on Tuesday evening, and the event will feature speeches by Torra, vice president Pere Aragonès, former president Carles Puigdemont and former minister Toni Comín, both from Belgium.
Call for unionists to “stitch together a unified strategy”
Yet, at a public event on Tuesday morning, Rosiñol called on Catalans who feel "cheated" by the independence movement to reflect and talk about it, as long as it is within the law, and he also called on unionist parties to "stitch together a unified strategy."
"[The Council of the Republic goes] against the interests of Catalans"
José Rosiñol · Societat Civil Catalana leader
Opposition parties expressed their disapproval of both the council and a forum on a constituent debate last week, accusing Torra of prioritizing these initiatives over making and carrying out policies in Catalonia.
Inés Arrimadas, the head of the main opposition party, Cs, criticized the forum calling it "a hang-out with Torra's friend, Lluís Llach put in charge."
As for the head of the Socialists, Miquel Iceta, the president has showed more "zeal" in getting the Council and the forum going than in setting up talks with all the Catalan parties, which is set for November 16.
Pro-independence organizations welcome Council of the Republic
Meanwhile, the Council for the Republic was welcomed by some pro-independence organizations on Tuesday morning. For instance the president of ANC, Elisenda Paluzie, called for the council to be "effective" and be coordinated with the government.
Paluzie believes that the initiative led by Puigdemont will "give sense to exile," while a spokesman for AMI, an association of towns for independence, is convinced that the new tool will help make the cause international.