2nd June 2020
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Quim Torra on terrorism accusations: ‘We can’t condemn what doesn’t exist’

Quim Torra, the Catalan president, has responded to calls from Spain’s acting prime minister Pedro Sánchez to condemn the alleged use of violence among independence supporters, saying that ‘what doesn’t exist can’t be condemned’.

Torra has stressed that the independence movement has ‘always rejected violence’ and dismissed the terrorism charges against pro-independence activists arrested last Monday as ‘fabricated’.

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Catalan president Quim Torra speaking at the entrance of Lledoners prison in Catalonia. (ACN)

Whilst two activists were released with charges, seven were sent to prison without bail accused of making explosive devices as members of a terrorist organisation seeking the independence of Catalonia.

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Whilst the independence camp was wary of the accusations, the main opposition party in the Catalan parliament, Ciudadanos (Cs), called on Sánchez to sack Torra and his ministers and impose direct rule on Catalonia.

Lorena Roldán, the head of Cs in Catalonia, announced on Sunday that she will propose a no-confidence vote to oust Torra from power.

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