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'Look me in the eyes: Is it normal for you to laugh when we talk about prisoners'?

MPs exchange tense words in Parliament during investiture debate as Ciutadans leader accuses Torra of "humiliating" Spanish people


12 May 2018 07:22 PM


ACN | Barcelona

The final part of the investiture debate to elect Quim Torra as president was an intense exchange of reproaches amongst pro-independence and unionists MPs.

It all came about because of some six-year old tweets by the presidential candidate that some considered insulting toward Spanish people and for which he said he "apologizes if someone felt offended."

The leader of unionist Ciutadans, Inés Arrimadas, accused Torra of "humiliating" Spanish people and "laughing at their face." "What is this? Who do you think you are? Are you laughing after humiliating us repeatedly?," she asked him.

She also directly appealed to Sergi Sabrià, leader of the second pro-independence party, Esquerra Republicana, asking him if Torra is "really" the candidate that they defend. "Look me in the eye and say that you agree with him?," she insisted.

Sabrià replied: "Ms Arrimadas, look me in the eyes. Is it normal, for you, to laugh when we talk about prisoners?", he asked her.

Presidential candidate Quim Torra regretted that a People's Party local councilor in Madrid reacted to his candidacy by saying that he should be locked up in prison. "Quim Torra is presenting his candidacy to the prison of Estremera," councilor Percival Manglano tweeted. Torra said that he is leaving the debate having being already "threatened" with prison time.



  • ERC parliamentary leader Sergi Sabrià during the plenary debate (by ACN)

  • ERC parliamentary leader Sergi Sabrià during the plenary debate (by ACN)