Photo: Puigdemont, Serret, Comín (Credit: Vilaweb)
By Vilaweb Staff Writers
From 30th April, 2018
On October 27th, 2017, the Spanish executive dismissed the Catalan government, suspended autonomy and called elections through ministerial decree. The government of Carles Puigdemont, democratically elected, was divided between exile and the prisons of Madrid. Today, April 30th, President Puigdemont and the counselors Ponsatí, Comín, Puig i Serret have spent half a year of exile in Belgium, Scotland and Germany.
— catalan_gov (@catalan_gov) 30 April 2018
“This is not the first time in history that the democratic and peaceful Catalan government has been subjected to exile and prison. These collective experiences have made us a resilient, hard working people and generator of generous and brilliant shared leaderships,” said Puigdemont in a video broadcast on the occasion of the event.
In a statement, the government in exile said: “Despite the situation of legal defenses and violations of basic rights enacted by Spain on our elected representatives, and despite having once again won the elections that they themselves imposed, the government has not abandoned its responsibility to Catalans and has worked hard to build a new political framework for progress for Catalonia.”
They go on to explain that they have met every Tuesday continuously during the time of exile, have had hundreds of business meetings with professionals, institutions and entities of all types, have issued political declarations and have worked in eight different countries: Belgium, Germany, Scotland, Switzerland, Denmark, Austria, Finland and Luxembourg. They say that their goal continues to be the reversal of Spanish democratic erosion, and to build a Catalan Republic.