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‘Democratic indignation’ at referendum trial’s potential guilty verdict, says Torrent

The parliament speaker also rejected a theoretical swearing in of Carles Puigdemont as president: “nothing has changed”

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05 January 2019 05:29 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

There would be “democratic indignation” regards a potential guilty verdict for the so-called referendum case—the legal proceedings against those involved in the Catalan independence referendum held on October 1 2017—said the Catalan parliament speaker Roger Torrent.

This, because this decision would mean violating individual and collective rights, he said And this indignation, said Torrent in an interview on the channel TVE on Friday evening. “We’ll do it in a civic, peaceful, and democratic way,” he explained.

Torrent rejects the theoretical swearing in of Puigdemont

In the interview, he rejected a theoretical swearing in of former president Carles Puigdemont, ousted by the Spanish constitutional triggering of Article 155 once independence was declared in Catalonia after the October 1 referendum in 2017.

“Nothing has changed,” asserted Torrent, adding that “whatever decision the parliament makes has to be effective and must include a real and foreseeable scenario the very next day,” referring to past attempts made for Puigdemont to be sworn in as president in 2018, thwarted by Spain.

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  • Catalan parliament president Roger Torrent on January 4 2018 (by Guillem Roset)

  • Catalan parliament president Roger Torrent on January 4 2018 (by Guillem Roset)