Misc 01/08/2017

Puigdemont: prepared to "accept all the consequences" of holding referendum, including jail

In an interview with Bloomberg, the president of the Generalitat says the best way to avoid jail is for 1-Oct to be "a success"

Europa Press
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Puigdemont: "El temps del pal i la pastanaga s'ha acabat"

BarcelonaCarles Puigdemont, President of the Generalitat, is prepared to "accept all of the consequences" of holding the referendum on independence, even going to jail, before renouncing this goal. In an interview with Bloomberg, Puigdemont claimed, however, that the best way to guarantee not going to prison would be for "the referendum to be a success".

The president of the Generalitat criticized that the Spanish government´s responses to the independence movement "have been threats, with not even one proposal since the very beginning", and said that the legal actions against the Catalan government should be aimed at the political leaders because, he explained, the Generalitat’s officials and civil servants "are following orders" from them. Puigdemont also responded to predictions from some investors who said that 1-Oct. would not go forward: "They should pay attention on 1 October", he advised.

This is not the first time that Puigdemont has warned that he is willing to take all the consequences that could arise from the referendum slated for 1-October. In an interview with Vanity Fair in October 2016, he stated that he would be willing to go to jail, although he clarified that it would seem to him to be "an inexplicable democratic barbarity". A few weeks ago, he also said in an interview that he would not accept a hypothetical disqualification from office if the Constitutional Court so ruled.