Catalan leader Pujol defends shift in favour of independence

Article published at Global Post – June 1st.

Jordi Pujol, long-time former President of Catalonia: “I’ve always been anti-independence, for 60 or more years of my life. And now at the end of it all I see that the conditions in which they want us to live in the Spanish state do not allow us to maintain our identity.” 

For decades Jordi Pujol was the foremost champion of Catalan nationalism, who boosted the powers of the region even as he argued it should remain a part of Spain.

Now the former head of the regional government of Catalonia campaigns vigorously for outright independence, mirroring a shift in mood in the northeastern region of Spain.

“I’ve always been anti-independence, for 60 or more years of my life. And now at the end of it all I see that the conditions in which they want us to live in the Spanish state do not allow us to maintain our identity,” he said in an interview with AFP.

Full article here: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140601/catalan-leader-pujol-defends-shift-favour-independence

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