Catalan chief Quim Torra addresses the regional parliament after Spain’s Supreme Courtroom jailed 9 separatist leaders, triggering violent protests within the area, in Barcelona, Spain, October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Albert Gea
BARCELONA (Reuters) – Catalonia’s pro-independence regional chief Quim Torra mentioned on Thursday a brand new vote must be held to determine on self-determination for the area.
The northeastern area has been rocked by protests over the previous three days after the Supreme Courtroom jailed 9 separatist leaders over a failed 2017 independence bid wherein they held a referendum that courts had deemed unlawful.
Torra, addressing the regional parliament after protesters threw petrol bombs at police and torched vehicles on Wednesday night, mentioned there was a “false narrative” that the Catalan separatist motion was violent.
Reporting by Joan Faus and Ashifa Kassam; Writing by Ingrid Melander; Enhancing by Crispian Balmer