The president of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, has condemned this morning’s “severe attacks” against the weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris and has expressed his solidarity with the French nation on behalf of all of Catalonia regarding these “brutally violent acts” which have provoked the death of twelve victims and injured eight more.
In light of today’s attack, the Chief Executive has publicly conveyed his and the Catalan nation’s condolences to “our French neighbours and friends” which “does not only go against them but against all of us, because we belong to the same civilization and share the same values from a mental, socioeconomic and European point of view” he added.
Artur Mas also recalled how Catalonia “has suffered harsh attacks during many decades as well” and insisted in the condemnation of these violent acts by those “who have not understood what Catalans have understood for many years: that all objectives are possible and can be defended as long as they are done through democracy and with peaceful attitudes”.
Both President Mas and the Mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias, condemned the attack in the French capital after signing a collaborative agreement with the Catalan Tax Agency (ATC) at the Palau of the Generalitat.
Condolence letters to the French Government
The Head of the Catalan Government sent condolence letters to the president of the French Republic, François Hollande, and to the Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, in which he lamented “the loss of so many human lives and the attack on the freedom of press which this horrible act represents