3rd July 2020
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48 hours to remove ‘esteladas’ and yellow ribbons from public buildings

Spain’s electoral authority has ordered Catalan president Quim Torra to remove all independence flags and yellow ribbons from public buildings within 48 hours.

Following a complaint by unionist Ciudadanos (Cs) party, the electoral authority ruled that the Catalan independence flags (known as ‘estelada’) and yellow ribbons (in support of jailed pro-independence leaders) are partisan symbols.

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Yellow ribbons in support of jailed Catalan leaders displayed on seats in the Catalan parliament on 12 May 2018. (AFP / Pau Barrena)

As Catalonia faces three elections between April and May, ‘esteladas’ and yellow ribbons will be banned in public buildings as they should remain ‘politically neutral’.

‘They both are symbols which can be legitimately used by parties in their electoral campaign, but they can’t be used by public institutions, which should remain politically neutral,’ ruled the authority.

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