EU parliament cancels Catalan independence leader’s event

16 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

BRUSSELS: The European Parliament on Friday cancelled an event that was to be attended by Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, citing “security threats”, reports AFP.

“There is a high risk that the proposed event could pose a threat to the maintenance of public order on Parliament’s premises,” the speaker’s office said.

Puigdemont has been living in exile in Belgium since Spain cracked down on his efforts to lead the Catalonia region to independence via a referendum.

He had been due to meet reporters on Monday in the European Parliament in Strasbourg at an event hosted by the Belgian MEP Ralph Packet.

But his presence was furiously opposed by Spanish lawmakers, who regard his secession bid as illegal, and the assembly president ordered a security review.