Jailed Catalan independence leaders lodge case with UN
Jailed Catalan independence leaders lodge case with UN
Ex-Catalan leader reportedly says it's over for him
02 February, 2018, 00:27
The former deputy leader of the Catalan regional government and leaders of two separatist groups are accused of sedition in their bid to declare Catalonia independent from Spain.
Responding to the media reports about his text messages on Wednesday, Mr Puigdemont was defiant.
Pro-independence leader and deposed Catalan Vice President Oriol Junqueras, who is now being held in prison in Madrid, on Thursday proposed that in order to move past the crisis, Catalonia elect two presidents, one "legitimate, even if symbolic, and the other executive". "At least me. You will still be ministers (I hope and want that), but I have already been sacrificed ..."
"We again live the last days of Republican Catalonia". "This has now come to an end and I must dedicate my life to my own defence", he said. They've done a lot of damage with slander, rumours, lies that I've endured for a common goal.
The source also said Mr Puigdemont's current point of view was that expressed in a video message to his supporters on Tuesday, in which he called for unity and insisted he should remain as presidential candidate. But he added that he was president, "and I won't cower or step back".
In his tweet, Puigdemont did not mention the messages but wrote: "I am a journalist and I have always understood that there are limits, such as privacy, which should never be violated".
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"I am human and there are moments when I have doubts", he wrote on Twitter.
Established in this capital since last October to prevent being detained by Spanish authorities, the former regional president is now center of a new dispute, generated by the spreading of private messages sent by former councilor Antoni Comin, also residing in Belgium.
But earlier this month Spain's constitutional court ruled that Mr Puigdemont could not lead the region's parliament from overseas. The issue of independence has been deeply divisive in Catalonia and little appears to have shifted in public opinion since the October 1 referendum.As the region has not been allowed a legal referendum on the issue, the December vote was seen as an informal plebiscite on independence.An anti-independence party, Citizens, won the largest number of seats, but it did not have near enough allies to form government.
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