Ex-Regional President Carles Puigdemont wrote that no suppression could stop the fight, neither then nor today, and they would win.
Puigdemont's successor, Prime Minister Quim Torra, also fought a commemoration ceremony at the Government Palace in Barcelona. One would go on without excuses to realize the Catalan Republic. "The whole project" would be done "in a democratic and peaceful way".
Torra also said his government is committed to achieving the "freedom of all political prisoners and the return of exiles." With tension and also with concern the verdicts in the historical process against twelve separatist leaders are expected in Spain, which would soon have to be announced. The trial before the Supreme Court had already been closed in June.
Meanwhile, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez warned the separatists against "playing with fire". Catalonia could, as in the fall of 2017, again be placed under receivership, said the socialist in an interview with the radio station Cadena Ser.
On the occasion of the referendum anniversary, around 300 supporters of the pro-independence movement gathered in front of the Guardia Civil (civil guard) barracks in Catalonia's Girona to protest the presence of this paramilitary Spanish police force in Catalonia. Participants of the demonstration threw the building at the media reports with eggs and paint bags.
Carles Puigdemont fled to Belgium in autumn 2017 following the referendum on 1 October and a subsequent decision by the regional parliament to split Spain to avoid arrest. Since then, he has been in Brussels, from where he acts as an active leader of the separatist effort.
Speaking to Sputnik, Puigdemont said that Catalonia has tried to work with all Spanish governments, whether right or left, and has been seeking dialogue for 30 years. But this dialogue had never really come about and independence was now the only alternative.
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