Main unionist party to skip National Day commemoration
“We will continue to stand up to nationalism and denounce its abuses,” says Ciutadans leader Lorena Roldán
The main unionist party in Catalonia, Ciutadans, will skip this year’s National Day commemoration events held around September 11, as was also the case last year.
In an interview with the Catalan News Agency (ACN), its leader, Lorena Roldán, said that the government’s approach to this festivity “excludes half of all Catalans.”
The cabinet believes that the National Day needs to serve as a “first response” to potentially guilty verdict on the nine jailed political and civil society leaders for their role surrounding the 2017 independence bid.
According to Roldán, “any democrat’s” first reaction to the Supreme Court decision on the case should be to accept it. The verdict could be out as soon as late September or early October.
"We will continue to face up to nationalism and denounce its abuses, and we will do it wherever needed"
Lorena Roldán · Ciutadans leader in Catalonia
The MP, who was recently appointed party frontrunner in the next Catalan election, says that her party is ready to respond to potential pro-independence supporter retaliations after the verdict: “We will continue to face up to nationalism and denounce its abuses, and we will do it wherever needed.”
Trial against Catalan president
During the conversation with ACN, she also recalled that the Catalan president, Quim Torra, is himself pending a trial for disobedience that could end up seeing him barred him from public office.
For her, it is “a disgrace” to have to see a Catalan head of government in court.
Torra failed to remove signs in favor of the jailed leaders from public buildings on time during the past electoral period, as requested by Spain’s electoral authority.
People's Party also to skip National Day
The People's Party has also decided not to attend the National Day official events.
"The government has hijacked Catalonia with this pro-independence unique thought," said the MEP Dolors Montserrat.