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Catalonia's President Quim Torra Offers Political and Democratic Talks with Spanish Government on Catalan Independence

  • Catalonia’s President Quim Torra has condemned the violence after the huge peaceful march held in protest of the detention of 9 pro-independence Catalan leaders. Torra said, “violence has never been our flag” and went on to offer the Spanish government “a political and democratic” solution to the crisis over the independence of Catalonia. The offer for talks comes two days after suggesting holding a unilateral independence referendum in response to the imprisoning of the Catalonian leaders by the Spanish government. The violence in Barcelona centered in Via Laietana, the headquarters of the national police force. Torra’s delay in offering a peaceful solution to talks has been criticized by many.