Catalan parliament speaker in favor of 'Scottish way'
Roger Torrent avoids mentioning Slovenia after president's remarks on Balkan country
The Catalan parliament speaker has supported the so-called 'Scottish way' to achieve independence and has avoided commenting the possibility of the Slovenian model.
The remarks come as the Catalan president, Quim Torra, is in the spotlight for his calls to follow the Balkan country path towards becoming an independent republic.
Torrent said that the Scottish way, referring to one with an agreed referendum on independence, is backed by "80% of the population in the country" and is "civic, democratic and peaceful."
Peaceful means "shared"
While the chamber leader did not comment on Torra's words, he said that he is sure that peaceful means "are shared" by everyone in the pro-independence camp.
Torrent talked to the press outside Lledoners prison, where he visited the jailed political leaders on hunger strike.
The spokeswoman of Torrent's Esquerra –the allies of Torra's Junts per Catalunya in government–, Marta Vilalta, also avoided commenting on Slovenia.
"We cannot compare ourselves with other countries, they are different contexts," she said, while calling for an "own way."
Not speaking about "butcher" Milošević
Meanwhile, one of the Junts per Catalunya spokespeople, Eduard Pujol, defended the president's remarks and criticized the opposition for not willing to analyze the whole history of the Slovenian way and for not speaking about the "butcher" Slobodan Milošević, the Serbian president when Slovenia held a referendum and declared independence.
Most of the opposition parties slammed Torra for his calls follow the Slovenian way, including the Spanish government, whose foreign minister said that he was calling for an "uprising."