President calls world to 'join Catalan people' in independence trial
Quim Torra addresses "international community, citizens, governments, civil and human rights organizations and media" as jailed leaders are transferred to Madrid jails
Torra made an institutional statement on behalf of his government after an extraordinary cabinet meeting on Friday, few hours after supporting the jailed officials just before they were transferred to Madrid penitentiary centers.
His statement had a clear aim: addressing the world.
"We call on the international community, citizens, governments, civil and human rights organizations, the media and anyone committed to justice and freedom to join the Catalan people in their defense of principles and values that make the world a place more fair, safe and free," he said speaking in English.
The Catalan president called the imprisonments "political repression," and said that since the October 2017 referendum "fundamental rights have been shamelessly violated" repeatedly by Spain.
"The problem of Catalan democrats is also a problem for the international community and especially the European Union"
Quim Torra · Catalan president
Torra addressed particularly Brussels. "The problem of Catalan democrats is also a problem for the international community and especially the European Union."
Catalonia's 'relationship with Spain will change forever' due to trial
"We know [the prosecuted leaders] have nothing to be defending themselves against as they have committed no crime, they will denounce the state for violating civil and political rights and for the crude repression that has caused concern both here and around the world," he added.
Torra also said that the country's "relationship with Spain will change forever" due to the trial against twelve pro-independence leaders, which will start on February 12 in Madrid.