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Catalan president won’t attend Spanish Constitution jubilee

Quim Torra argues country "wants to create independent republic," while leader of opposition says he is "allergic to rights and freedoms"

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30 November 2018 03:00 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

The Catalan president, Quim Torra, will not attend the Spanish Constitution 40th anniversary events on December 6.

He argued that Spain's Carta Magna has become "a prison for the freedom of speech and for the capacity to decide for Catalans."

"The Catalan people has clearly said that it wants to overcome Spain's legal framework with the creation of a Catalan independent republic," he added on Friday in a letter to Spain's lower and upper chamber speakers and delegate in Catalonia.

According to Torra, the state is interpreting the 1978 constitution in a "restrictive, closed-minded, old" way, and also one that "perpetuates injustice."

Constitutional Court, against referendum

Spain's Constitutional Court has repeatedly banned any initiative regarding a referendum on independence in Catalonia in the past few years on the grounds that the Carta Magna does not allow it.

  • "[The Spanish Constitution] was born during a transition from Francoism, which unfortunately is still alive"

    Quim Torra · Catalan president

Both People's Party and Socialist party, the two largest political forces in Spain, have also used the same argument to reject an agreed Scottish-like vote.

The constitution, says Torra, "was born during a transition from Francoism, which unfortunately is still alive."

Torra "allergic to rights and freedoms"

Yet this was met with criticism by the largest opposition party in the country.

Ciutadans' leader, Inés Arrimadas, believes Torra will not attend the jubilee because he "is allergic to rights and freedoms."

For her, he "neither wants to abide by the law, nor respect the democratic rules."

Therefore she claims he cannot "represent all Catalans."

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  • The Catalan president, Quim Torra, talking to the press on November 30 (by Àlex Recolons)

  • The Catalan president, Quim Torra, talking to the press on November 30 (by Àlex Recolons)

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