Josep Borrell’s hometown removes his name from promenade

  • The city has replaced the name of the EU High Representative with the date of the Catalan referendum on self-determination. The referendum was violently suppressed by the Spanish authorities.

Vicent Partal
13.03.2023 - 11:39
Actualització: 13.03.2023 - 11:48

La Pobla de Segur (the hometown of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borell) voted this Sunday to change the name of the promenade that bears his name to “Primer d’Octubre promenade”, in memory of the referendum on self-determination held in Catalonia in 2017.

In a low turout vote, 77.6% of those voting were in favour of changing. The consultation is not binding. However, the mayor of La Pobla has already stated that the executive will evaluate and take it into account.

The Consistory is organising this consultation as a result of the controversial statements made by Borrell in relation to the events of the first of October 2017 in Catalonia.

On that occasion, Borrell, a Socialist Party militant, took part in a demonstration against the independence of Catalonia in Barcelona, alongside the right-wing and far-right, and was one of the speakers at the event.

He went so far as to say in public that it was necessary to “disinfect Catalonia“, a phrase that, because of its obvious Nazi connotations, caused intense controversy and condemnation, which has now been embodied in the referendum in his home town.


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