The former president of the Generalitat Carles Puigdemont has exhibited his strength this Saturday before the independence movement from Perpignan (France), which he has called to prepare the “definitive struggle”.
He has done so in the act organized by the Consell per la República, together with the ANC and Òmnium Cultural, in the Perpignan Exhibition Park, which has brought together some 200,000 people – according to the organization – that raised senyeres, ‘ estelades’ and who have chanted songs like the ‘Estaca’.
Among shouts of ‘president’, Puigdemont has closed the act advocating to prepare “the final fight” in a speech in which he has claimed the legitimacy of 1-O, in the same vein as the exconsellers Toni Comín and Clara Ponsatí.
Puigdemont has been received among cheers and applause by the thousands of people who have not been able to access the site and have followed the event from its surroundings – some, over one of the bridges that cross the Tet River.
In a context in which the relations between JxCat and ERC do not pass their best moment, the message sent in a video with the voice of the republican leader, Oriol Junqueras, has not been well received by those present, who have whistled, when He has claimed that they have forced the State to negotiate.
The most reluctant on this issue has been Ponsatí, who in his intervention has asked not to be “duped by pictures of tables and deception dialogues” – which the public has applauded – and Comín, who has accused the State of not Respect the most basic rights.
The secretary general of ERC, Marta Rovira, has also sent a video in which “she asks to end internal debates and be clear about the adversary to win,” in reference to the State.
The spokeswoman for ERC in the Parliament, Anna Caula, has headed the delegation of the Republicans in the act of Perpignan, in which there was also the deputy and councilor in the City of Barcelona, Ernest Maragall, and the deputy secretary general of Territorial Vertebration, Isaac Peraire
From JxCat, the delegation was headed by the president of the Generalitat, Quim Torra, as well as all the consellers of the political space, and by the former Catalan president Artur Mas, who days ago announced that he would go to “support” Puigdemont.
Before the division of independence, the calls to unity have come mainly from the independent prisoners of JxCat, who in recorded messages have appealed to “act at one” to defeat the State.
Although the CUP refused to attend the event because it predicted “certain partisanship”, it has been done by one of its sectors, Poble Lliure, headed by its spokesman, Guillem Fuster, – is part of the Consell per la República – that has claimed importance of being in Perpignan in solidarity with the independence prisoners.
As organizers, the Consell per la República has described as “resounding success” the attendance at the event, which at the beginning of the act has been estimated at 150,000 people and at its closing at 200,000.
Driven by actresses Lloll Bertran and Carme Sansa, the act has started an hour late and has been interrupted several times because some people have fainted and have had to be treated by health services.
In addition to the speeches, the music has enlivened the wait for those present and during the event the singers Roger Mas, Lluís Llach and Gerard Jacquet have performed, in addition to the Castellers de Vilafranca colla.