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Southern Spanish town mocks Puigdemont shooting figure of him

"This is despicable, inappropriate in any civilized society," says former president, as government announces lawsuit

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22 April 2019 11:28 AM

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ACN | Barcelona

Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont's execution. This is what citizens of Coripe, a tiny village in southern Spain's Andalusia, some 1,000 km far from Barcelona, represented with a figure of the exiled politician on Sunday.

Some footage show a town party in Coripe with hundreds of people attending and an effigy of Puigdemont –wearing a yellow ribbon in solidarity with the jailed and exiled pro-independence leaders– parading.

At some point the politician's figure is hung from a tree by a well, is burned and some men with shotguns and real ammunition shoot him.

Mayor of Coripe: "Not against Catalan people"

The Socialist mayor of Coripe, Antonio Pérez, argued that this is part of an annual Easter tradition called 'The burning of Judas', and called on the public not to "take it out of context."

For him, this is "satire" which is not "against the Catalan people." "It is a celebration and a tradition like the Fallas."

Every year, in 'The burning of Judas' tradition, a person that is considered to have done something "bad" throughout the year, is burned and shot. 

  • "They did not want to shoot and burn me only: they wanted to mock the fight for the freedom of the jailed and exiled leaders"

    Carles Puigdemont · Former Catalan president

Yet Puigdemont said such event is "despicable, inappropriate in any civilized society."

"It is a message of hatred, willing to generate hatred. This is an event where minors take part, they have attended this orgy of violence out of control against what I represent as if it were normal."

"They did not want to shoot and burn me only: they wanted to mock the fight for the freedom of the jailed and exiled leaders," Puigdemont tweeted. He also criticized the Socialist party for allowing it.

Socialists' reaction

The top candidate for the Socialists in the Barcelona constituency and Spanish minister, Meritxell Batet, condemned the event and "all the acts of intolerance made during this campaign."

On Monday morning, the Socialist party's seat had its façade painted with several words, such as: "Burning in Coripe, a disgrace," and "the Catalan Socialists remain silent."

"Extremely repugnant"

The current Catalan president, Quim Torra, called the events in Coripe "horrid and extremely repugnant." His government will file a lawsuit before Spain's prosecutor.

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  • Image of a figure of Puigdemont being 'executed' in Coripe, Andalusia (by @miquelstrubell)

  • Image of a figure of Puigdemont being 'executed' in Coripe, Andalusia (by @miquelstrubell)

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