Catalan foreign minister to visit European capitals to explain independence trial
Alfred Bosch will go to seven countries in seven weeks to spell out "truth" behind Spain's prosecution of political leaders
Catalonia's foreign action minister, Alfred Bosch, says that over the next few weeks he will travel to the main European capitals to explain the "truth" behind the independence bid and how the prosecution of Catalan leaders is a "political trial."
Bosch made his announcement In Parliament on Wednesday, and said he will address his message to the media, ambassadors, international organizations, foundations and think tanks in the countries he visits.
"I will explain the reality to them calmly and with total transparency"
Alfred Bosch · Catalan foreign action minister
"I will explain the reality to them calmly and with total transparency," he said, adding that the Catalan executive has no need to spend millions of euros on "marketing campaigns," in reference to a recent ad promoting Spain commissioned by the Spanish government.
According to the foreign department, the minister will visit seven European capitals in seven weeks. Last week, Bosch was in London and next week he will travel to Paris. Also on his schedule are meetings in Madrid and Barcelona.
ANC to protest in nine European countries
Bosch's announcement comes as the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), one of the largest pro-independence pressure groups in the country, has said that this month it will hold 23 demonstrations in nine different European countries to defend the right to determination.
The ANC protests, which will be held in major European cities such as London, Berlin and Zurich, will coincide with the start of the trial of former officials and civic leaders for organizing the 2017 independence bid, which is due to begin on February 12.
With the first of the ANC protests held in Nice on Monday, the next demonstrations are set to take place on Saturday in Copenhagen, Karlsruhe, Köln, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Stuttgart, with another protest in Paris the following day.