This afternoon, the president of the Government of Catalonia sent the following letter to the acting prime minister of the Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez, in response to a WhatsApp message the latter had earlier sent to journalists:


Prime Minister Sánchez,

After I once again called on you to engage in a dialogue and you chose not to answer my phone call, I must respond by letter to the WhatsApp message you have sent to journalists, which is an inappropriate way to answer the president of the Catalan government:

  1. There is no need for you to give me lessons on how I should condemn and combat violence. The independence movement has been a peaceful one for many years, and I personally have always combated and condemned all
  2. As the president of the Government of Catalonia, I publicly note that you are refusing to talk to the representative of the Catalan people and, worse still, refusing to establish any kind of dialogue.
  3. As we have seen since you became prime minister of Spain, you have again made it clear that you have no political narrative or proposal for Catalonia.
  4. Refusing to engage in dialogue at this point, when a completely unjust ruling against peaceful and democratic individuals has sparked indignation among Catalans, is a grave act of irresponsibility that I am sure the international community will find utterly incomprehensible.

Mr Sánchez, we will never stop calling on you or whoever the next president of the Spanish government is to engage in a dialogue. You will always find us willing to talk about Catalonia’s legitimate right to exercise its right to self-determination. Do not look for excuses where there are none. Assume your responsibility to engage in democratic politics.

Yours sincerely,


Quim Torra i Pla

President of the Government of Catalonia

Barcelona, 19 October 2019