D es activists pro independence of the Pyrenees-Orientales have offered hospitality to the president Carles Puigdemont for a catalan government-in-exile in Perpignan, have they indicated this Monday, October 23, in a news release.
“We consider that Europe does not play its role,” explains Jaume Roure, president of Unitat Catalana, associated with the Committee for the self-Determination of Northern Catalonia. For this activist in the cause of Catalan, the political situation echoes that of 1939 when “the 500 000 refugees (…) have crossed the border.” “As the storm was forming, it was proposed to the people to organise on our website to see the opportunities, accommodation of the catalan government and of the people who would be forced to leave”, say the pro-independence French.
on The side of the “Northern Catalonia”, the French part of the Pyrenees, the feeling of solidarity with the pro-independence catalans seems to be developing. Events are organized regularly in Perpignan to the rhythm of the events that shook Catalonia. Last Tuesday, some 500 people have expressed in reaction to the imprisonment of two figures of the independance movement. The department of Pyrénées-Orientales has long been part of Catalonia, and it became French only in the second half of the Seventeenth century. Many Catalan Republicans fleeing franco’s dictatorship have naturally found refuge at the end of 30 years.