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19/10/2021

Former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont to speak at a meeting of Derry's council this week

Exiled politician will talk to councillors about independence campaign

Former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont to visit Derry later this year to speak at council meeting

Carlos Puigdemont will speak at a Derry council meeting this week.

Former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont MEP will address a meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council on Tuesday.

In October 2017, an independence referendum was held in Catalonia.

A vast of those voted were in favour of the region declaring independence from Spain.

However, the turnout in the referendum was only 43%.

The Spanish government declared the poll and dissolved the Catalan parliament.

Since 2017, Mr Puigdemont and other Catalan ministers have been living in self-imposed exile in Belgium.

They are wanted in Spain on rebellion charges.

Mr Puigdemont has been invited to speak remotely to a meeting of the local council this week following a motion in 2019 by People Before Profit councillor Eamonn McCann.

He will speak at a meeting of the council's Governance and Strategic Planning committee on Tuesday at 4pm.

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