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Influential Tamil poet says Catalan Trial was ‘an attack on freedom of expression’

Rudhramoorthy Cheran believes his community and Catalonia should exercise self-determination

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01 December 2019 01:29 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Poet Rudhramoorthy Cheran is one of the most influential authors who documented the Civil War in Sri Lanka and the genocide on the Tamil community (1983-2009). 

After a life of seeing the horrors of the conflict so closely, he now travels around the world to fight "for equality, against injustice,” and “for autonomy and self-determination" for his people and others, including Catalonia. 

Speaking with the Catalan News Agency during a recent visit to Barcelona, Cheran believes that "nobody has the right to decide" on rights, freedoms and Catalan identity. 

He believes the trial of the independence leaders, which ultimately saw nine politicians and civic leaders sentenced to prison terms of 9-13 years, was an "attack on freedom of expression."

“The way the Spanish government and Supreme Court has interpreted the legislature, in my opinion, is fundamentally problematic,” he said. 

The poet believes that the Amnesty International report on the verdict "is a very clear legal statement about why it is wrong." In addition, Cheran believes that Catalonia "has every right to demand equality, justice and autonomy." 

"Nobody has the right to say no, that you are not a nation and we will not give you autonomy and self-determination," he affirmed.

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  • Sri Lankan poet Rudhramoorthy Cheran during his interview with the Catalan News Agency (by Guifré Jordan)

  • Sri Lankan poet Rudhramoorthy Cheran during his interview with the Catalan News Agency (by Guifré Jordan)

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