Catalan president faces civil disobedience charges over yellow ribbon symbol

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Catalan president faces civil disobedience charges over yellow ribbon symbol

Spain’s electoral board, with an eye on the upcoming general election, have deemed the display as a ‘tool of political propaganda’.


Volunteers stand next to yellow plastic that has been removed from public places, during a protest in front of Palau Generalitat at the Sant Jaume square in Barcelona, Spain (Manu Fernandez/AP)
Volunteers stand next to yellow plastic that has been removed from public places, during a protest in front of Palau Generalitat at the Sant Jaume square in Barcelona, Spain (Manu Fernandez/AP)

Prosecutors in Spain are bringing charges of disobedience against Catalan regional president Quim Torra after he allegedly failed to comply with orders from the country’s electoral board.

Prosecutors said in a statement the charges relate to Mr Torra’s alleged failure to remove eye-catching pro-independence symbols from the regional government’s headquarters in Barcelona before Spain’s April 28 general election.

The electoral board deemed the yellow ribbon symbols to be an unacceptable “tool of political propaganda”.

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A banner reading Free Political Prisoners And Exiles and with a yellow ribbon, pictured on March 20, hangs at the headquarters of the Government and the Presidency of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain (Emilio Morenatti/AP)

Elected officials and public institutions are prohibited from expressing support for one particular party or ideological position during a campaign period.

Mr Torra argued it was a matter of free speech and requested a postponement of the deadline to remove the symbols.

A judge will assess the prosecutors’ evidence before deciding whether to go to trial.

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