Former EP president says Catalonia is ‘sick’ and wounds must be ‘disinfected’
Country not diseased but instead ‘occupied’ by people Socialists supported retorts Catalan president; comparison is ‘monstrosity,’ says ERC candidate
Catalonia is a “sick country,” and before wounds can heal, “they must be disinfected.” This, according to socialist and former president of the European Parliament Josep Borrell, who commended Catalan Socialist Party (PSC) leader Miquel Iceta for his reconciliation efforts but warned that if wounds are not disinfected they will “rot.”
In the same speech, Borrell also claimed that “there are no political prisoners,” and also addressed incarcerated vice president Oriol Junqueras, accusing him of creating a division between “good and evil” in Catalonia. The socialist also criticized Catalonia’s public television TV3 as being too pro-independence and “bombarding (viewers) day and night with the same message. Ultimately, the former EU organization leader also predicted that pro-independence forces would not prevail this election, and he urged Iceta to “stop" the independence process.
"The country is occupied by those who beat, came, imprisoned, and sent yes-politicians and political and civil leaders to exile"
Carles Puigdemont · Together for Catalonia candidate
Catalonia is “occupied,” says Catalan president
Catalonia shouldn’t have a presidential candidate who allows that a “significant” part of the country be described as “diseased” and “infected,” responded Catalan president and main candidate for the Together for Catalonia ticket Carles Puigdemont, referring to PSC head Miquel Iceta.
Inasmuch, Puigdemont addressed the PSC leader directly, to state that Catalonia “is not sick,” but instead “occupied” by people, who Iceta supported, who “beat, came, imprisoned, and sent yes-politicians and political and civil leaders to exile.” Puigdemont also noted that pro-independence forces never qualified any part of the Catalan people as “an infection”
“Monstrosities to get votes in Madrid,” says ERC candidate
“This is despicable and unfair,” stated Esquerra Republicana’s number two candidate, Marta Rovira. “These monstrosities are said about our country to get votes in Madrid,” she said, urging that voters not allow themselves “to be used,” nor for the situation in the country to be made “tense.” She also addressed Borrell directly, suggesting that he take advantage of his close relationship with the People’s Party (PP) and Ciutadans (Cs) to instead “do all the work that needs to be done in the Spanish State to clean up its institutions of corruptions and give them back to the people.”