President Puigdemont
President Puigdemont talks to the press in the Catalan Parliament
This morning, the President of the Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, criticized the “unpresentable, very serious and hugely worrying” statements made by the former Foreign Minister, José Manuel García-Margallo, who admitted yesterday that Spain pressured several countries to position themselves against the Catalan political process. “I hope that Spain’s democratic system is mature enough to demand explanations in Congress”, the President argued. According to Puigdemont, a formal inquiry would be “an act of minimal decency”.
In his comments to the press after today’s session in Parliament, the Head of the Catalan Government affirmed that the former minister should “explain what public resources were used, under whose authority, what commitments have been made and what are the favours that Spain owes”. The President also criticized Maragallo for using his role as an institutional representative to “go against the interests of Catalans”.
It cannot go on any longer”, Pugidemont continued, “that a government only governs for one part of the country and works against a part of the population because it doesn’t agree with what it believes”, noting that if the current Spanish government does not refute the statements made by Margallo then it would be “evident that they’re thinking about repaying these favours”.
Despite pressure from the Spanish government, the President argued that “we Catalans will continue explaining ourselves to the world” because “the more they try to boycott the Catalan process, the more interest there is abroad to see what’s happening in Catalonia”.