Democrat and Republican US congressmen meet with Catalan president
American civil rights leader John Lewis among officials who talk to Quim Torra at Capitol, Washington DC
The Catalan president, Quim Torra, met with four US congressmen of both the Democrat and the Republican parties on Wednesday before ending his official trip to the United States.
In the US capital's Capitol, seat of the Congress, Torra held four meeting with representatives Paul Cook (Republican); Mario Diaz-Balart (Republican), with whom he already met once; John Garamendi (Democrat); and John Lewis (Democrat).
They talked about the current situation in Catalonia and Torra said all four showed a "great interest" to know what is going on in Catalonia.
Conversation with US civil rights leader
The Catalan president especially welcomed the talk with Lewis, a civil rights leader, famous for fighting racial segregation in America in the 1960s.
Lewis is the only surviving 'Big Six' leaders in favor of the African American people's civil rights, also including Martin Luther King.
"It's been an honor to meet John Lewis, living history of the civil rights struggle in the US and a true institution of American politics. Arrested 45 times in defense of democracy and freedom"
Quim Torra · Catalan president
The group contributed to organize the 250,000-strong demonstration in Washington in August 1963, where King pronounced his famous 'I have a dream' speech against racism.
"It's been an honor to meet John Lewis, living history of the civil rights struggle in the US and a true institution of American politics. Arrested 45 times in defense of democracy and freedom," tweeted Torra after his meeting with the congressman.
Catalans are going through a "very serious" situation, says Torra
Talking to the press after his meetings, the Catalan president also said it is "absolutely essential" denounce the "very serious" situation which, according to him, Catalans are going through.
Torra announced he will increase his international presence in the run-up of the independence trial in Spain's Supreme Court and said he is not afraid of the possible "reprisals" of Spain in case it considers he is overreaching his powers.