October 15, 2019 / 10:25 AM / 2 months ago

Catalan leader says to defend self determination right despite verdict

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalan regional leader Quim Torra said on Tuesday his government would continue to defend Catalonia’s right to self determination, a day after Spain’s Supreme Court jailed nine separatist leaders for their role in a 2017 independence bid.

Speaking at a news conference for international media, Torra said Monday’s verdict limited various rights that were previously thought to be guaranteed.

“We have to continue defending the right of Catalonia to self determination ... Referendum is [the] most positive solution for trying to solve this situation,” Torra said, while questioning how Spain proposed to resolve the dispute.

Reporting by Joan Faus, writing by Nathan Allen, editing by Andrei Khalip

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