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Spain-Politics-Catalonia: Spain: Catalan gracious separatists still want independence
by Luis Felipe Castilleja and Joan Faus
Sant Joan de Vilatorrada, Spain (Reuters) - Out of prison on Wednesday, after the Spanish government has pardoned them the day before, the nine Catalan leaders incarcerated for their involvement in the referendum of self-determination of self-determination. October 2017 reaffirmed their willingness to combat for the independence of Catalonia.
In the aftermath of the announcement of their grace by a central government wishing to refrigerate the independence vells by launching discussions on the future of the region, seven of them left Lledoners prison, in Sant Joan de Vilatorrada, Near Barcelona, brandishing a "Freedom for Catalonia" banner (freedom for Catalonia, in English).
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welcomed by the separatist president of the Catalan Regional Executive, Father Aragons, under the cheers and applause of their supporters, they assured that they were even more favorable to independence than in 2017.
"until Victory Day, we will continue to work so that the dream of a Catalan Republic becomes reality, "said Oriol Junqueras, the former Vice President of the Catalan Regional Government.
The Premier Spanish Pedro Sanchez, who must meet Father Aragons on June 29 to launch negotiations to resolve this political conflict, relativised the attitude of released separatists, stating that grace had never had the objective of Change opinion.
The Catalan authorities always demand the organization of a new referendum of independence under the auspices of the national authorities, which Madrid excludes firmly.
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"It is not only that the question is unconstitutional, it is also that we can not continue to fracture the Catalan society," said Pedro Sanchez before Parliament while it was challenged by separatist elected representatives.
Beyond the referendum, Catalan separatists also demand a general amnesty for activists whose fate is still outstanding in court for their participation in the 2017 consultation, about 3,000 people.
"What we want is the amnesty, and we will get it," said the former President of the Catalan Parliament, Carme Forcadell, at his exmissing another penitentiary establishment in Barcelona.
The central government excludes the possibility of a general amnesty, which would also concern independentists who have fled Spain, like the former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont.
The nine separatist leaders released Wednesday no longer enjoy conditional grace and remain forbidden to occupy a public service.
(Report of Luis Felipe Castilleja and Joan Faus, with Jordi Rubio, Albert Gea, Inti Landauro and Cristina Galan; French version Myriam Rivet, edited by Jean Terzian)
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© Stéphane Siohan / RFI in the Donbass, on the front line, in April 2021. The clashes multiply between Ukrainian soldiers, here in Photo, and independence troops (image illustration). In Ukraine, fighting burst again in the Donbass, between the separatists of Donetsk and the Ukrainian armed forces, after the great voltages of spring. The ceasefire is therefore not respected, and both sides continue to compete, we regret a death on the Ukrainian side this time.