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Spain: Pro-separation Catalonia mayors stand firm against state prosecutor’s summons

Presidents of the two largest associations of Catalonian mayors criticised the decision by Spain’s state prosecutor to summon more than 700 Catalan mayors who have backed the independence referendum planned for October 1, speaking to the press in Barcelona on Wednesday.

SOT, Neus Looveras, president of the Associacio de Municipis per la Independencia and mayor of Vilanova i la Geltru (Spanish): “It surprises us a lot. It never happened before that more than 700 mayors were summoned. That’s why we have done this meeting. We all agreed on working together. Looking forward, we commit to defend democracy, and support the (local) government to make the referendum possible. Our priority is to see a referendum in October 1 under the best conditions.”

SOT, Miquel Buch, president of the Asociacio Catalana de Municipis and mayor of Premia de Mar (Spanish): “We have to remember that when a citizen has a problem with the justice, it is a problem for the citizen, but when 712 mayors are prosecuted, it is the justice to have a problem. It is something unseen in Europe, in a democratic Europe”

SOT, Miquel Buch, president of the Asociacio Catalana de Municipis and mayor of Premia de Mar (Spanish): “As a reaction to the actions of the judicial system, we called a meeting of Catalonia’s mayors on Saturday at noon in the Plaça Sant Jaume, in front of Generalitat de Catalunya and Barcelona’s Town Hall. In this way, we want to demonstrate our unanimous repudiation of this judicial system. We simply want to vote, as all the citizens of this country normally do every four years.”

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