Catalan premier comes under pressure for response to violent street protests

Quim Torra

The premier of Catalonia, Quim Torra, has come under attack for not doing more to stop the street violence that has been ongoing in the region since Monday, when the Supreme Court sentenced nine separatist leaders to prison for their role in the 2017 breakaway bid.

Torra waited until after midnight on Wednesday to explicitly condemn the violent protests, which have caused major unrest across Catalonia, especially in Barcelona.

His delayed response to the violence has sparked renewed calls for his resignation.

At an extraordinary meeting the leader of the Catalan branch of the Socialist Party (PSC), Miquel Iceta, argued Torra was “putting [Catalan] independence above social harmony” and should call new elections.

This call was backed by the spokesperson of the center-right party Ciudadanos, Lorena Roldán, who said Torra should “stop fooling the Catalan people.”

Torra has refused to stand down and maintained that he will continue to fight for an independent Catalan republic.