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Catalan leader exiled in Geneva calls for consensus among pro-independence parties

Marta Rovira, ERC party leader, traveled to Switzerland nine months ago to avoid entering prison

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09 November 2018 11:56 AM

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ACN | Barcelona

A pro-independence leader who went into exile in Switzerland in March has broken her public silence to call for consensus and a unified strategy in working towards independence.

In an interview from Switzerland with Catalan radio on Friday, the ERC party's secretary general, Marta Rovira, said it is "vital for us to find a way to understand each other."

For Rovira, who went to Geneva on March 23 to avoid a Supreme Court summons, this is one of the main lessons learnt from the attempt to split from Spain last October.

  • "If we don't understand each other, we'll just diminish who we are"

    Marta Rovira · ERC leader

Differences between the pro-independence parties emerged this fall over over how to handle the suspension of jailed and exiled MPs ordered by Spain's Supreme Court.

"If we don't understand each other, we'll just diminish who we are," said Rovira, who was one of the political leaders who played a leading role in last year's independence bid.

Rovira also addressed her public silence from Switzerland in recent months, saying she did not want her words to be taken as a "reproach" of anyone.

"Anything I might say could complicate my colleagues' lives, could make the repression more effective, could help this prosecution; I'm not at all interested in that," she said.

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  • ERC party leader Marta Rovira in Geneva (by Guillem Roset)

  • ERC party leader Marta Rovira in Geneva (by Guillem Roset)