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Sànchez calls for unity from jail

"The violation of some people's rights is the violation of everybody's rights," says jailed Catalan leader in The Times

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05 March 2018 08:30 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

On Monday evening, the jailed Catalan leader Jordi Sànchez was proposed by the  parliament speaker Roger Torrent as the candidate for president in the country. In an article in the UK daily, The Times, Sànchez was referred to as “the jailed separatist tipped as the next president of Catalonia.

Via his lawyer Ben Emmerson, also representing the deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, Sànchez got his words across to the British newspaper.

"The courts apply a political philosophy vested in law. The violation of the democratic rights of some people is the violation of the rights of everybody. Keeping together is essential," the possible presidential candidate stated. 

According to a report in the newspaper, Sànchez has “vowed to fight on despite attempts by Madrid to imprison independence leaders.” He has been in jail for over four months.

The article also mentioned Sunday’s anti-independence demonstration, which saw over 10,000 supporters of “Tabarnia” take to the streets of Barcelona.

The Spanish government has previously warned that a Sànchez presidency would not be accepted, and it urged the pro-independence parties to appoint a head of government free of charges.

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  • Jordi Sànchez before being jailed (by ACN)

  • Jordi Sànchez before being jailed (by ACN)