Catalans will ratify they want independence in upcoming election, says Puigdemont
Catalan president presents electoral list in Belgium and urges Spain and the EU to respect results on December 21
The Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, deposed by the Spanish government after the enforcement of Article 155 of the Spanish constitution, said during the presentation of the candidacy Together for Catalonia (Junts per Catalunya) that the Catalan people “will ratify” that they want independence in the upcoming election.
Puigdemont stressed that the political parties backing the enforcement of Article 155 and the Spain’s takeover of Catalan self-government “must be defeated” in the upcoming election. He also asked the Spanish president, Mariano Rajoy, if he’ll accept the results of the December 21 election and assume all “consequences”.
"Now we need to be militants of Catalonia, not political parties”
Carles Puigdemont · Catalan president
In a speech during the presentation of the candidacy near Bruges, in Belgium, the Catalan president said that Together for Catalonia represents “hope, pacifism and dialogue” and aims to “empower people”.
"The [political] moment goes further than political parties,” stated the Catalan president. He also highlighted that Together for Catalonia aims to represent a large part of the Catalan society. "Now we need to be militants of Catalonia, not political parties” Puigdemont pointed out.