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President to give talk on self-determination in Lisbon on Friday

Quim Torra to travel to Portugal while Cs party to report him to electoral authority over yellow ribbon on interior patio of government HQ

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25 March 2019 09:14 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

President Quim Torra will go to Portugal this Friday to give a talk on Catalonia's self-determination at the invitation of a university institution in the capital, Lisbon.

'Catalonia and the right to self-determination: an international perspective' is the name of the talk that the president will give in English at the ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon (IUL).

After the talk planned for Friday afternoon, the president will then take part in a debate with Portuguese political experts on the current situation in Catalonia and Spain.

Taking part will be historian and former vice president of the European Parliament, José Pachecho Pereira, and ISCTE political researcher and author of the book, Espanha e Catalunha. Choque de nacionalismos, Felipe Vasconcelos Romão.

The debate will be moderated by professor and ISCTE-IUL researcher, André Freire.

Ciutadans complains again about yellow ribbons

Meanwhile, Torra will be the object of another complaint from the Ciutadans (Cs) party for failing to remove a yellow ribbon symbol from an interior patio in the government HQ.

  • "Does Mr Torra think the government is his or just for Catalans who support independence?" 

    Inés Arrimadas · Ciutadans leader in Catalonia

On Friday, the president complied with an order from the electoral authority to remove a banner with the symbol -in support of jailed leaders- from the front of the building.

In response to an initial complaint from Cs, the electoral authority had ruled that the yellow ribbons are "partisan" and ordered them removed during the electoral period.

Although the president eventually ordered the symbols taken down, a yellow ribbon on the Pati dels Tarongers interior courtyard remained, sparking the anger of the unionist Cs.

"Does Mr Torra think the government is his or just for Catalans who support independence?" Cs leader Inés Arrimadas asked, and she said the party will file another complaint.

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  • The Catalan president, Quim Torra, talking to the press on March 14, 2019 (by Mar Rovira)

  • The Catalan president, Quim Torra, talking to the press on March 14, 2019 (by Mar Rovira)

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