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> He might be in jail on charges of rebellion and misuse of public funds. But one Catalan separatist leader has found a way of sending a clear message to the Spanish prime minister. In an exclusive interview with Reuters, Jordi Sanchez, one of the Catalan pro-independence leaders currently in jail.
Say that the only solution for the ongoing political crisis in Spain is to hold a referendum on the independence of Catalonia. But he also say they're willing to consider options that could eventually lead to that goal. Speaking from behind a glass barrier, where filming was not allowed. Sanchez's apparent concession could now pave the way for a renewed dialogue between the central and regional governments.
The separatist is one of nine jailed for the 2017 secession drive. Which saw an unofficial referendum on independence, and which led to Madrid imposing direct rule on the region. Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez toppled his more hard-line predecessor, Mariano Rajoy, in June. But he still opposes independence. One reason being that Catalonia is responsible for a fifth of the output from the eurozone's fourth largest economy.
Jordi Sanchez told Reuters he's confident that a referendum will happen one day. Saying that history shows that everything is impossible until it ceases to be so. Although the Spanish prosecutor has asked for a 17-year sentence. These yellow ribbons and regional flags hanging outside the detention center indicate ongoing support for his plight.