Quim Torra Biography and Profile (Official Biography)

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By politicoscopeprofile May 14, 2018 09:15

Quim Torra Biography and Profile (Official Biography)

Quim Torra, born 28 December 1962, a native of the Catalan town of Blanes, on the Costa Brava, father-of-three Torra entered politics a few months ago. But he has been a major cultural figure over the last decade pushing for the region to fully break from Spain.

After a long career with the Swiss insurance firm Winterthur, Torra used a severance package to set up a publishing house in 2008.

There he specialised in reviving texts by Catalan journalists from the civil war and Franco dictatorship era.

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He soon made a name for himself in Catalan nationalist circles, joining various separatist organisations, including those that helped organise the huge rallies that eventually led to last year’s independence push and subsequent political crisis.

Until 2015 he also managed a cultural centre in Barcelona’s El Born district which became notorious for pushing for independence.

In March he gave a rousing speech to the regional parliament calling on separatists to keep up their campaign against the central government in Madrid.

“The cause of freedom for Catalonia is a just cause, the cause of independence for Catalonia is a just cause, the cause of the Catalan Republic is an honorable cause,” he said.

“Do not think for a moment we will give up, not even a millimetre, to defend the justice, legitimacy and honorability of this cause,” he thundered.

Those convictions will be music to the ears of the more radical elements of the Catalan independence push. But regional opposition groups who want to stay part of Spain are rattled.

Ines Arrimadas, leader of the liberal anti-independence party Ciudadanos, tweeted Thursday night that Catalonia needed a regional president who recognised that the separatist movement had failed.

The anti-independence Socialists’ Party of Catalonia added: “We regret that the independence bloc has chosen a person with one of the most sectarian profiles.”

Quim Torra Full Biography and Profile
Quim Torra (Blanes, 28 December 1962) will be the 131st President of Catalonia. Lawyer, editor and writer, he was 11th on JxCat’s candidate list for Barcelona.

A trusted ally of Carles Puigdemont, sources in the parliamentary group describe him as an independence leader with a hard-hitting way of talking and one that is “clearly republican”. Sources close to Torra say he fits the profile of a Catalan president that will provide a bridge with Puigdemont in “exile”, and whose discourse at the head of the Catalan Government will be coherent with that of his predecessor. He thus fits with JxCat’s strategy of choosing a provisional figure who understands that the “legitimate” president is Puigdemont.

In the first plenary session of the term, on March 1, Torra stood out for a rousing and forceful speech. He stated that if Puigdemont is still not president “it is because the powers of the State have mobilized to prevent it.”

“Only with the Republic will we be free” he declared from the lectern. He also rhetorically asked, “what has the State got against the presidents of Catalonia?” and pointed out that the majority of heads of the Catalan Government have been “tried, imprisoned or exiled.”

In the plenary session on March 24, and after the return to prison of Jordi Turull -then the presidential candidate- Torra once again spoke out in the chamber: “They want us mute, silenced and terrified. More than 900 people investigated for wanting to vote.”

Former Òmnium president
Torra headed the Born Cultural Centre from 2012 to 2015, the year he substituted Muriel Casals at the head of Òmnium. This is the pro-independence cultural organization whose current president, Jordi Cuixart, has been in jail for 7 months now.

In 2016, he was appointed director of the Catalan Government’s Center of Studies for Contemporary Issues. The same year he stood in the elections for the National Secretariat of the ANC, but the clash with his public post as the head of the Center of Studies forced him to resign, a month later he was elected secretary.

He also runs the Revista de Catalunya and contributes to the digital publication, Esguard. What’s more, the future head of the Catalan Government set up the A Contra Vent publisher (2008), and in 2009 won the Carles Rahola non-fiction prize for ‘Viatge involuntari a la Catalunya impossible’.

– Quim Torra Biography and Profile

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