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Quim Torra announces he won’t pay Spanish electoral authority fines

The Catalan president rejects €8,500 fines from a “censoring and repressive” organization

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29 July 2019 04:05 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Quim Torra has affirmed that he won’t pay the €8,500 fine imposed on him by the Spanish Electoral Authority. 

The Catalan president was given three separate fines for not withdrawing the yellow bows of official buildings during the electoral period, for his speech made on Saint George’s Day (Diada de Sant Jordi), and for his letter addressed to officials on the same date.

The head of the Catalan government made the announcement on Monday, referring to the Electoral Authority as a "censoring and repressive" organization, and said that the decision was made in defense of "freedom of expression." 

"Whenever freedom of expression is punished, we will exercise it again," he added. Sources close to the president have specified that the government will appeal the three fines.

 

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  • Catalan president Quim Torra during a meeting with the foreign minister Alfred Bosch. (Photo: Guifré Jordan)

  • Catalan president Quim Torra during a meeting with the foreign minister Alfred Bosch. (Photo: Guifré Jordan)

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