Puigdemont attends a dinner in Berlin with the Pussy Riot and Bob Geldof on the first day of the trial by 1-O

Carles Puigdemont has assumed from the first day of the trial the role of principal active independence abroad. The former president of the Generalitat abandoned his refuge in


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The former president of the Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, together with the musician Bob Geldof at an event in Berlin Alexander BecherEFE

The team of 'Dos Cataluñas' returns the Cinema for Peace prize after being forced to receive it from Puigdemont

Puigdemont calls from Berlin on 1-O defendants who are "strong" and "proud"

Carles Puigdemont has assumed from the first day of the trial the role of principal active independence abroad. The former president of the Generalitat left his refuge in Waterloo ( Belgium ) to star in a series of events in Berlin , which on Wednesday will continue in Groningen ( Netherlands ) and is sure to spread to other countries. Along with him, it is certain that the others fled from Justice will do the same and this same Tuesday Clara Ponsatí also had an act in Norway .

The objective of Puigdemont with this activity is double. First, maintain as high as possible the level of pro-independence propaganda abroad at a key moment such as the 1-O trial. And second, keep your own ascendant on separatism before the figure of Oriol Junqueras, sitting in the front row on the bench of the defendants.

At a press conference at the headquarters of the Generalitat in Berlin , Puigdemont used his own judicial process in Germany - he was arrested, imprisoned and finally released after rejecting the country's Justice his delivery to Spain for the crime of rebellion - to discredit the trial in the Supreme Court. "I have already placed myself at the disposal of the Justice in Germany and in Belgium," said the ex- president , explaining that he was not handed over to Spain for the same crimes for which his 12 fellow proces sit since Tuesday on the bench. .

The accused, some of whom have reproached Puigdemont maximalist attitude after his flight, including Junqueras in a recent article, the former president asked them to "be strong" and "have courage." Then he went to a dinner at the Reichstag building, the seat of the German Parliament, which under the title of International Relations and Human Rights brought together various activists, including members of the Pussy Riot - opponents to Vladimir Putin in Russia -, the singer Bob Geldof - promoter of the Live Aid charity concerts - and Daniel Ellsberg - former US Army analyst who leaked the Pentagon Papers about the Vietnam War 50 years ago -.

Moreover, the dinner was organized by the liberal FDP party and there were several political leaders. Puigdemont sat at the head table, facing Geldof and a deputy from the Bavarian CSU .

The visit of Puigdemont to Berlin has not been, in any case, free of controversy. On Monday night, the former president took part in an awards ceremony of the Cinema for Peace Foundation , which was held in parallel with the Berlin Festival, and gave an award to the documentary Dos Cataluñas on Tuesday, after the news was released. , was rejected by the people responsible for the film.

"From the first moment we warned the organization that we did not want to have anything to do with Mr. Puigdemont," explained the documentary's producer, Álvaro Longoria . "They confirmed that he would be invited to the event, but that he would not take part in the awards ceremony," as he finally did, he assured EL MUNDO. "Our surprise is that Puigdemont not only gave a speech before the ceremony, but also delivered the award itself." Longoria is one of the most important producers at the moment, responsible among others of the films Champions - Goya for the best film - and Everyone knows it - last tape of Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem -.

At the ceremony the director of the film refused to go on stage to collect the prize. On Tuesday, those responsible rejected it officially, because "the act has not been impartial, it has failed our professional ethics and one of the key principles of our documentary, neutrality."

Citizens asked Tuesday the appearance in the Congress of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, to explain the "abandonment of functions" that in his opinion has meant the presence of Puigdemont in a gala parallel to a festival as important as Berlin .

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REF: https://www.elmundo.es/espana/2019/02/12/5c63331721efa09e788b4580.html