At a press conference in the buildings of the Catalonian representation in the European Union in Brussels, Carles Puigdemont, and the current minister-president of quimper and lor Torra the importance of a European strategy stressed. Puigdemont stayed since the end of march in Germany, where he was picked up was on the way back to Belgium.
“It is not an easy trip, no trip, no trip, as I had expected, but at least I’m back on Catalan soil,” said Puigdemont from the Rue de la loi. “This is not my last stop, this is not the end of my trip. From here I will travel through Europe to continue. I will be up in the furthest corner of Europe to travel to the just cause of the Catalan people to defend. My journey continues until all political prisoners were released and the Catalan people’s right to self-determination and can exercise without fear of violence.’
The current Catalan government of quimper and lor Torra received Puigdemont on his return to Brussels. ‘Today is a defeat for the Spanish state, Spain has the European legal battle is lost, ” he said. “How many defeats, the Spanish state still need to understand that this is a political problem, a political solution is needed?’
He pleaded for a European solution. “We will do everything to make the Catalan case as much as possible to internationalise. The fact that Carles Puigdemont in Belgium, offers many opportunities for our business to internationalise.’
His meetings with the Flemish minister-president Geert Bourgeois (N-VA) and the Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon called Torra ‘very important’. “We share the idea that people should have the right to their own future to decide,” he said.
Puigdemont: ‘Not a matter of Belgian politics’
Puigdemont said not so much to count on the European leaders, but to the European citizens. “I was very disappointed by the silence of European leaders after the violence against Catalan citizens on the day of the onafhankelijkheidsreferendum. But Europe is not only a building by states, politicians and European leaders pulled up. It is a building full of European citizens. I am sure that the majority of the public opinion the fundamental values of the democracy establishment.’
On the question of whether the Belgian government is not in trouble by his presence in Brussels, he said the support of the N-VA, to appreciate, ‘but this is not a matter of Belgian politics. We want to not mix in Belgian politics and have a lot of respect for the Belgian political reality.’ He also said the status of political refugee to wish to apply in Belgium. “I am a free European, everywhere except in Spain,” she said.
Optimistic about dialogue with Sánchez
He showed himself optimistic about the new Spanish government of socialist prime minister Pedro Sánchez (PSOE). “There is a dialogue started, that is new. Imagine of how far we come, how long we had to ask to just be around the table to sit down and talk. But the question is what is the recipe of Pedro Sánchez, is to this politics to solve. The only possible political solution is through the ballot box.’
The Spanish court would Puigdemont sue for the organising of a referendum on the independence of Catalonia in October 2017. He was on march 25, arrested in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein on the basis of an international arrest warrant. The German court decided, however, to Puigdemont only deliver to Spain for misuse of public funds, and not for rebellion. Thereupon the Spanish court’s international arrest warrant, after which the Catalan politician Saturday returned from Germany to our country, from which he and his political activities would continue.