Puigdemont reappears at the Berlinale while his colleagues from the Government face the 1-O trial

Carles Puigdemont, the great absentee of the trial of the secessionist leaders that starts on Tuesday in Madrid, reappears this Monday in Berlin to attend the premiere of a documentary


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Carles Puigdemont, in a press appearance in Brussels. AFP

Carles Puigdemont, the great absentee of the trial of the secessionist leaders that starts on Tuesday in Madrid, reappears this Monday in Berlin to attend the premiere of a documentary about Catalonia in the framework of the Berlinale film festival.

The former president of the Generalitat arrived in the German capital, in time for the Film for Peace gala to be held in the framework of the Berlinale. Two Spanish documentaries choose a prize in that section: El silencio de los otros , a work by Ana Carracedo on the search for the disappeared in Franco's time, and Dos Cataluñas , by Álvaro Longoria and Gerardo Olivares on the independence movement and the events Fall of 2017, distributed by Netflix.

Puigdemont will appear before the media on Tuesday at the headquarters of the Catalan "embassy" in Berlin, shortly after the opening of the trial. The choice of place is not casual. It was in the German capital where the secessionist leader resided the time that the Schleswig-Holstein Court needed to respond to the arrest warrant of Judge Pablo Llarena and it was also in Berlin, unlike Waterloo, where he obtained his greatest media attention, a interest that was declining. The limited capacity of the facilities of the representative office of the Generalitat, however, suggest that, on this occasion, the organizers do not have a massive influx.

The press conference, convened by the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), will be the first act of a day that will conclude with a dinner with German deputies in the Reichstag, seat of the Bundestag (lower house). Despite the political nature that Puigdemont wanted to give to this meeting, this newspaper has learned that among the deputies willing to share a table and tablecloth in one of the Reichstag cafeterias there will only be representatives of the Left Party ( Die Linke ) and, as anecdote, a member of the Russian collective Pussy Riot . It would be, in the absence of confirmation, Pjotr ​​Wersilow , the activist who last autumn was transferred from Moscow to Berlin to be treated for poisoning. Wersilow is founder of the web MediaZona, portal that informs about judicial processes to human rights activists.

The start of the process against the organizers of the illegal referendum on October 1 will be accompanied by a series of demonstrations in Germany and other European countries. ANC has organized protest events in Berlin and Brussels, talks in Luxembourg and Norway. In the latter country, specifically in the city of Bergen, another of the accused flight, the former Minister of Education, Clara Ponsatí , tomorrow will give a conference on the situation in Catalonia after the referendum. Ponsatí took refuge in Scotland.

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REF: https://www.elmundo.es/espana/2019/02/11/5c61b356fdddffbc608b4609.html